Institute of Oriental Studies


Director – Dmitrii I. Buraev, Doctor of History, Professor, Department of History, Regional Studies and Archaeology of Asian Countries

First Deputy Director –Innokentii G. Aktamov, Candidate Degree in Pedagogy, Associate Professor, Department of Pedagogy

Deputy Director for Academic Affairs – Garma-Handa Ts. Gunzhitova, Candidate Degree in Political Science, Associate Professor, Department of State and Municipal Management

Deputy Director for Student Affairs – Buda-Khanda V. Damdinova, Candidate Degree in Philology, Senior Lecturer, Department of Far East Countries Philology

Deputy Director for Sports Affairs– Larisa G. Dorzhieva, Senior Lecturer, Department of Physical Education.


Department of History, Archaeology and Ethnography (Chair: Dmitrii I. Buraev, Doctor of History, Professor);

Department of Regional Studies (Chair: Irina G. Aushieva, Candidate Degree in History, Senior Lecturer)

Department of Far Eastern Countries Philology (Chair: Marina O. Khaidapova, Candidate Degree of Philology);

Department of Central Asia Philology (Chair: Erzhena V. Afanasieva, Candidate Degree in Philology);

Department of Buryat Language and Teaching Methodology (Chair: Bairma D. Tsyrendorzheva, Candidate Degree in Philology);

Department of Buryat Literature (Chair: Larisa Ts. Khalkharova, Candidate Degree in Philology, Associate Professor);

Department of Siberian Indigenous Languages (Chair: Elizaveta F. Afanasieva, Candidate Degree in Philology, Associate Professor).

Research Centers and Laboratories

  • Altai Studies Research Centre (Supervisor: Darima D. Sanzhina, Doctor of Philology, Professor);
  • Applied and Experimental Linguistics Research Centre (Supervisor: Olga G. Makarova, Candidate Degree in Philology, Associate Professor);
  • Laboratory of Innovative Teaching Methodologies in Buryat Language (Supervisor: Oksana A. Dareeva, Candidate Degree in Pedagogy, Associate Professor);
  • Laboratory of Siberian Indigenous Peoples’ Languages (Supervisor: Valentina D. Pataeva, Candidate Degree Philology, Associate Professor);
  • Laboratory of Buryat Studies (Supervisor: Olga B. Badmaeva, Candidate Degree in Philology, Associate Professor);
  • Laboratory of Archeology, Dialectology and Lexicography (Supervisor: Andrei A. Bazarov, Doctor of Philosophy, Professor);
  • Centre of Korean Culture (Supervisor: Erdem B. Dashibalov, Candidate Degree in History);
  • Centre of Turkish Language and Culture (Supervisor: Kulach Ertuuhul, Teacher, Department of Central Asia Philology).

The Institute of Oriental Studies was founded on the basis of Oriental Studies Faculty and the Institute of Buryat Studies by the order issued by theBuryat State University Rector on October 1, 2013.

The Institute offers the following academic programs: “Oriental and African Studies”, “Regional Studies”, “Foreign Regional Studies”, “Linguistics”, and “Philology”, giving the opportunity for the students to study both full -time and part-time. Apart from East Asian languages, students study Literature, History, Economics, Culture, and Information Technology.

The curriculum provides for one-term study abroad at a university in the country of the student’s choice. International cooperation is realized with universities in China (The Central University for Nationalities, Changchun University of Science and Technology, Xi’an Shiyou University, Inner Mongolia Pedagogical University), Taiwan, South Korea (Pusan National University, Kangwon National University), Mongolia (National University of Mongolia, Mongolian Pedagogical State University), which provide language internship programs. According to the agreement between BSU and the Tibetan Children School, (Dharamsala, India), students have the opportunity to do their language internships in the Tibetan language.

The students of the Institute take part in international and national contests in Chinese, Mongolian, Korean, Turkish, and Japanese languages. A wide range of research is carried out within the Institute: students participate in conferences, seminars, and conduct joint research with professors and students of other universities.

Our Institute is involved in the sporting life of the university, meaning both students and teachers. We are proud of our results at the University Games in track and field, chess, basketball, ski races, volleyball, and mini-football.

The Institute of Oriental Studies organizes annual ‘language weeks’ and ‘discussion summer camps’ where native speakers - students and professors - from different countries are invited. Such events create the atmosphere of informal communication with foreign students and prominent professors, to share their experiences, to motivate research and to inspire studying other cultures.

Taking into consideration the rich Oriental Studies potential of Buryatia, the Institute has targeted its academic programs towards its integration with the Institute of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies, Russian Academy of Science.

The Institute of Oriental Studies gives the students a thorough training of various languages and deep knowledge of history, philosophy, culture and economics, which helps our alumni to be successful in different spheres such as science, education and business.

Our alumni include scientists, interpreters, teachers and professors, customs officers, border service officers, workers of joint companies. They are employed within both government and commercial institutions.