Samarkand State University (SSU) is a major university in Samarkand, Uzbekistan established by a government decree of the Government of Uzbekistan dated 22 January 1927 in the city of Samarkand. The university is commonly known as Samarkand University (in Uzbek Samarqand universiteti)
The university was originally organized in 1927 as the Uzbek Pedagogical Institute and in 1930, it was renamed the Uzbek State Pedagogical Academy and in 1933, upon merger of the Pedagogical Academy and the Uzbek State Medical Institute into the Uzbek State University. In 1941—2016, the University was named after poet and philosopher Ali-Shir Nava’i (alternative transliteration Alisher Navoi).
In 1961, the Uzbek State University was finally renamed the Samarkand State University, a name it keeps to date. The rector of the university since 2015 is Dr. Alimdjan Rakhimovich Khalmukhamedov.
Currently, the University comprises the following faculties: Philology; History and Philosophy; Teaching; Physics and Mathematics; Biology; Economy; Tajik Philology; Russian Philology; Law; Physical education.
The historical roots of the Samarkand State University dates back to the time of the Temurids. During the reign of Timurids, the propagandist of science, spirituality and enlightenment, a solid foundation for the development of science, education in the Samarkand region and in the entire Movarounnahr region was created. Amir Temur and his followers, a number of madrassahs schools, were not only religious educational institutions, but also a place of secular knowledge. More than 70% of these schools have secular subjects. In fact, there is no argument that there are all opportunities for further development of the education system and the promotion of science in the country where the scholars such as Abu Ali ibn Sina, al-Khwarizmi, Zamakhshari, Mahmud Koshghari are educated. The potential of the academic school, created by Muhammad Taragai Ulugbek, the bright star of the Temurids generation, the pride of Uzbek science, is great.
More than 6,000 students study in various fields in Samarkand, studying the secrets of science and educating them.Preparation of highly qualified scientific personnel at the university is carried out directly by postgraduate and doctoral studies and internships.
Among the professor-teaching staff and researchers is a genuine member of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan and more than a dozen honorable members of the world’s most prestigious academies. More than a dozen employees of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan are awarded the State Prize named after Abu Rayhon Beruniy. It is worth noting that the prominent scientists and gifted young people are making scientific research through Soros and Eurasia funds, and on this basis are going to scientific trips to the USA, Germany, Italy and Belgium.
Scientific works of a group of scientists are translated and published in countries such as the US, Iran, Turkey. Scientists of SamSU take part in the preparation of highly qualified scientific pedagogical cadres with close cooperation with scientific institutions of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan and participate in the scientific competitions announced by the State Committee for Science and Technology of the Republic of Uzbekistan.