That day BSTU celebrated its anniversary in a circle of present and former students, faculty and administrators, receiving attention and compliments from state officials, leaders of industrial enterprises and the media. Early in the morning, hundreds of the university devotees came to the alma mater to meet up with friends and mentors, to feel the well-known aura of the buildings, to share memories and to celebrate the university’s old and recent achievements. This was a day when you could really feel the spirit of a Russian university! However, to understand the Russian University as an institution requires more time and effort.