On the 16th of June 1918 the Council of People’s Education of the Kubano-Chernomorsky Soviet Republic made a decision to establish North Caucasian Polytechnic Institute in the City of Ekaterinodar (now Krasnodar).
That was the date when the history of the first educational establishment in the Caucasian South of Russia — Kuban State Technological University (KubSTU) — as well as the history of the Kuban higher education and science began.
The history of KubSTU is only a short period in the glorious history of our Motherland. It has embodied all the essential and specific features of our Motherland’s destiny.
The Institute began its activity in the dramatic period of revolutionary cataclysm, and that fact made its past actually unique. The historical necessity for the emergence of the University is proved by the fact that the foundation of a higher educational establishment was independently supported by the two ideological opponents — V. I. Lenin, founder of the first socialist state, and A.I. Denikin, commander of the Voluntary Army.
The University was founded by famous scientists: a physicist and the first rector of the University prof B.L Rosing whose research led to the invention of the electronic television, prof.
N.A.Shaposhnikov, a mathematician whose book on algebra was published 24 times, F.A. Scherbina, corresponding member of the Russian Imperial Academy of Science, Lieutenant General A.I. Paromensky, ex-headmaster of the Marine Engineering School. A local enthusiast P.V. Mironov also took an active part in the foundation of the University.
During the Great Patriotic War of the Second World War the Institute was evacuated to Uzbekistan because of its great state value. Many teachers and students served at the army. Not all of them were destined to come back. Since the first days of the war the production of the first military shells and later — highly demanded medications — had started in the laboratories of the institute under the supervision of a well-known chemist — prof. M.N. Zhdanov-Pushkin.
The name of the University and its structure have been changed many times. Since 1943 the University had been known as Krasnodar Institute of Food Industry; in 1963 Krasnodar Polytechnic Institute was founded on the basis of the Food Industry Institute.
In 1980 by the Decree of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR the Institute was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labour for its achievements in science and professional training.
In November 1993 the Institute was granted university status and was renamed Kuban State Technological University.
The Russian Federation has few regional higher schools whose professors’ names have been entered into state encyclopaedic dictionaries. In the «Annual Publication» of the Great Soviet Encyclopaedia there is information on prof. G.G.Agabalyants and prof. A. A. Merzhanian. The Economic Encyclopaedia contains an entry for prof. P. I. Nikitin, author of a book on «Political economy» published in 49 countries. These scientists and scholars made the University known all over the world.
The largest contribution was made by scientists that worked in wine-making. They produced sunny sparkling wine — the Soviet Champagne”. Prof. F. M. Frolov-Bagreev was the founder the Sparkling Wine School and the author of tank method of sparkling wine production. He was the only Stalin Laureate in food production. He was given the Stalin Award for creating the Victory Drink in 1942 — the hardest year in the Great Patriotic War. His disciples prof. G. G. Agabalyants and prof. A.A.Merzhanian continued to develop the chemistry of wine-making. They worked out progressive methods of sparkling wine production. In 1961 they were given the State Lenin Award which is also the only one in food industry.
Among teachers of the older generation there was prof. A. A. Serebrennikov who worked as a senior designer at I. I. Sikorsky’s Laboratory in 1912-1919 and took part in the creation of the first Russian aircraft — the «Ilia Muromets2».
Prof. M. N. Zhdan-Pushkin and V. M. Kopeykovsky were famous in the field of fat and oil technology. Prof N. C. Arutunyan’s work was also fruitful in this field.
A number of famous scientists and professors worked at the Krasnodar Polytechnic Institute. Among them were prof. Yu.G. Kornilov, an outstanding theoretician in the field of industrial automation, laureate of the USSR State Award, prof. N.A.Garbuz and prof. M. A. Zaikov who worked in the field of metallurgy, prof. V. I. Gomozov and prof I. P. Gluschenko who worked in the field of machine-tool designing, prof. Ya.V. Bykov, mathematician, corresponding member of the Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic Academy of Science, prof. V. G. Scherbakov, founder of the University scientific school in the field of biochemistry, prof B. E. Tumasov, Kuban writer and historian, member of the Russian Union of writers. A few outstanding scientists and scholars are working at the University at present. Several interesting construction projects, that have become sites of interest in Krasnodar, were designed by prof. A. B. Titov, Honoured Architect of the RSFSR, head of the Department of Architecture at Krasnodar Polytechnic Institute.
1942 was a dramatic year of evacuation in the history of the University. Prof. P. G. Asmaev, who had been rector of the institute till 1955, headed the evacuation of the Institute. In the 60ies — 80ies prof. I. M. Anoshin, prof. Ya. D. Rudakov, prof. K. A. Daragan succeeded each other as rectors of the University.
Prof. A. A. Petrick had been rector of the University from 1984 till 2006. The same year he became the first president of the University. In March 2007, for the first time in the history of KubSTU, prof V. G. Lobanov was elected rector on the alternative basis. Nowadays, he is the Chairman of Rector’s Council of Krasnodar region and Republic of Adygea.
Professor Tatyana Barkhatova has been chosen as the rector of the University since beginning of 2017.
During the last decade, the University has been awarded with numerous state grants for research in areas of food technology, IT-technology, Gas & Oil Industry, constructing and engineering etc.