«The centre of almost everything»: an affiliated university branch in a small northern town (on the example of Khanty-Mansi and Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrugs)

Agapov M.G. (Tyumen, Russian Federation)


                  page 152–160


The author focuses on educational boom in the Tyumen North in 1990–2000s which was manifested in particular with a wide-scale «branching» of the small northern towns when higher school branches were established in almost each of them. À higher school branch is a network structure which incorporates a wide range of actors such as «basic» university management, rotation lecturers, students and parents' community, municipal board, representatives of local industrial enterprises, business community etc. In other words, an affiliated branch was closely connected to almost every aspect of the life in a small northern town. It was built into the mosaic of the town’s everyday life. The functions of a higher school branch were not limited to rendering educational services. During the period under consideration, it was an assembly location of the local community. Among other things, communication paths between à small northern town and remote areas were provided through the activities of an affiliated branch. The activities of the higher school branches in the period of the booming education in the Tyumen North have still not received a comprehensive evaluation. If anyting could be said for sure about the affiliated branches is that they were an important part of a small northern town’s sociocultural landscape.


Key words: small town, the Tyumen North, affiliated branch, migration.


DOI: 10.20874/2071-0437-2017-39-4-152-160




M.G. Agapov

Tyumen Scientific Centre of Siberian Branch RAS, Malygina st., 86, Tyumen, 625003, Russian Federation

Tyumen State University, Volodarskogo st., 6, Tyumen, 625003, Russian Federation