LIKI – Leningrad Institute of Cinema Engineers (or. Ленинградский институт киноинженеров – ЛИКИ)
1. The Institute was founded on November 1, 1918 as the Higher Institution of Photography and Photo-Making Apparatus, it had 2 faculties: Electrotechnics and Mechanics. 200 students studied at the Institute. Professor A.A.Popovitsky was the first Rector.
In 1931, the Institute changed its name to the Leningrad Institute of Cinema Engineers. At different times, well-known scientists lectured at the Institute: D.I.Leshchenko, V.A.Sreznevsky, A.F.Zhorin, V.I.Volynkin, K.S.Lyalikov, A.M.Myelik-Stepanyan, I.B.Blumberg and others.
In 1992, the Institute assumed the name of the Saint-Petersburg Institute of Cinema and Television (or. Санкт-Петербургский государственный институт кино и телевидения – СПбГИКиТ). The teaching staff includes: A.G.Makarov, E.Zh.Yanson, V.A.Baburin, Ya.Sh.Vakhitov, K.G.Yershov, Yu.M.Ishutkin, V.I.Belitsky, Yu.P.Shchevyev, Yu.K.Ustinov, A.A.Belousov, V.P.Bronnikov, O.F.Grebennikov, A.V.Sokolov, A.N.Dyakonov, P.M.Zavlin, L.L.Kuznetsov, S.S.Mnatsakanov, A.V.Redko.
Rector of the Institute – Professor A.N.Dyakonov.
2. The Institute has 25 departments and 5 faculties: Electrotechnics, Cinema Apparatus, Cinema and Photography Materials, Economics, Screen Arts. The Institute enrolls 2800 students (1400 full-time and 1400 extra-mural students). The Institute has an extra-mural faculty in St. Petersburg, a technical faculty in Moscow, a teaching and consulting center in Irkutsk.
The Institute structure includes: a research department, a scientific technical library, an editorial and publishing department, a museum of cinematographic equipment (the only one in Russia), a sports and health care center.
3. 205 teachers and lecturers work at the Institute, among them – 18 Professors, 83 Associate Professors.
4. Students are trained in 7 specialties: radio communication; broadcasting and television; instrument engineering; chemical technology of cinema and photography materials, magnetic tapes; economics and management in the sphere of social life and culture; directing (cinema, television, video); camerawork (cinema, television, video); sound engineering (cinema, television, radio, recording studios).
The Institute has a refresher course for engineers and other technical workers.
5. The main areas of current research interest are: prospects in the development of recording systems; transformation and reproduction of the image on the screen; treatment of sound signals, recording and reproduction of sound; electro-acoustics and architectural acoustics; reliability improvement of cinema and video apparatus; general chemical technology of photographic materials production and their treatment; chemistry of high molecular combinations; photo technology; study and exploitation of video technical apparatus, TV systems in professional cinematography; optimization of quality control technology in cinema and video equipment engineering; economics and management in cinema and video equipment design and production.
33 specialists pursue their postgraduate study at the Institute. There is a Specialized Academic Council for awarding Candidate’s degrees.
6. The Institute cooperates with: the Staffordshire University and its Scientific School (England), the firm ZM Co. (USA), the Parisian Higher School of Cinema and TV (FEMIS), the Higher School of Cinema and TV Konrad WOLF, the Louis Lumiere Institute in Paris, the Peking Institute of Cinematography, the Sofia Machine-Building Institute, the Dutch Academy of Cinema and TV.
The Institute is a member of the World Cinema Schools’ Association.