Radio Day

Radio Day

Radio Day is a professional holiday in Russia and one of the most important days of the year for the faculty, students and alumni of TUSUR University.

The Radio Day celebrates the first public demonstration on May 7, 1895 of the first wireless radio system in the world created by Alexander Popov who is regarded as an inventor of radio in Eastern Europe. This event is marked in Russia as the beginning of radio communication.

TUSUR University was established in 1962, at the time when radio engineering was starting to gain popularity. TUSUR soon became one of the leading Soviet, and then Russian institutions training specialists in radio engineering and radio electronics. As the University grew, the small professional holiday of its founding faculty gradually became one of its most important traditions, and eventually one of Tomsk’s key festivals – Radio-BOOM, which attracts tens of thousands of participants every year.

Every year starting in 1986 students of TUSUR University celebrate the Radio Day with a massive procession across the city, singing songs, waving flags and holding balloons. The destination point of the procession is the University campus where the most fun tradition of the Radio Day takes place – students throw old electronic appliances (TVs and computer monitors, keyboards and even refrigerators) out of their dormitory windows. This act of destruction symbolizes the renewal of technological pattern and continuous technological progress by literally clearing the path for new technologies.

Local rock groups and invited musicians give open-air concerts for the students on their special day.

The many sports and special interest clubs of the University hold competitions in volleyball, basketball, football, table tennis and bowling, along with RoboBall – a competition for robots that is very popular among students of TUSUR and other engineering universities all over the world, and RadioRally – a race for radio controlled car models. The Radio Day is also celebrated with the annual Research and Practice Conference for graduate and postgraduate students.