On 13 January an order on establishment of a joint Scientific and Technical Committee of JSC AVTOVAZ, Togliatti State University and Samara State Aerospace University was signed. The Committee was established to create priority trends of mid-term (up to 5 years) and short-term R&D perspectives within the scope of JSC AVTOVAZ Innovation Development Program.

25 January - “Show “Fresh” program of Togliatti StateUniversity radio studio was recognized the best in the “Neva Quill - 2012” contest. The awards ceremony took place in the “House of Young People” in St. Petersburg.

On 26 January a specialized chemistry and ecology class was established in Togliatti secondary school No75. It was created within the framework of the program “School-Institute-Plant” realized by the Institute of Chemistry and Environmental Engineering of Togliatti State University in cooperation with other education institutions and JSC “KuybyshevAzot”.

On 26 January the XIII award ceremony of the most prestigious regional journalist competition the “Gold Quill of the Region” took place in the Renaissance Hotel (Samara). Irina Trofimova, a Togliatti State University graduate student, won the “Debut” award from the Samara Region Department of the Russian Union of Journalists.

On 27 January the results of the competition “The Most Outstanding Achievements in Journalism-2011” were summed up in Togliatti and its winners were awarded diplomas and various prizes. Togliatti State University TV-studio with its “Real “Grusha” documentary won the first prize in “The City I Live in” nomination.

On 31 January the jury of the “Russian Quality Leader” competition of the National Quality Society awarded Togliatti State University the laureate title.

On 9 February JSC AVTOVAZ directors participated in a meeting with TSU students. The questions of students and the internet users were answered by Mikhail Krishtal, the Rector of TSU, I.A. Komarov, the President of JSC AVTOVAZ, E.N. Shmelev, the Vice-President for Technical Development, Alain Diboine, the Engineering Director, Steve Mattin, the Design Director, and I.U. Burenkov, the Director for External Relations.

10-11 February the exhibition and the forum “Education. Career. Development-2012” was held in the Sport Complex “Olimp”. Visitors could learn about education institutions of Samara Region, participate in workshops, trainings and contests. One of the most remarkable pavilions was Togliatti State University pavilion.

On 1 March JSC AVTOVAZ President Igor Komarov and Togliatti State University Rector Mikhail Krishtal signed an agreement on tailored professional training of students.

In April a famous TV-producer and a TV-presenter Alexander Lubimov visited Togliatti State University. During the visit he met with the students of Journalism and Sociology Department and answered their questions about modern media-journalism.

On 12 May an agreement on establishment of a specialized chemistry and technology class in Togliatti secondary school No80 was signed by Togliatti State University and JSC TogliattiAzot in the House of Culture of JSC TogliattiAzot.

In the beginning of June due to the efforts of Rector M.M. Krishtal and with the support of the State Duma members Togliatti State University obtained an unprecedented number of state-funded places - 1024 in general, including places for technical and socially significant education programs for the city.

On 21 June in Togliatti State University Alan Dzagoev, a member of CSKA Football Team and the National Football Team of Russia, excellently presented his diploma dissertation.

In July several important events for Togliatti State University took place:

The Economic Council of the CIS awarded Togliatti State University the “Recognition of Business Perfection” prize for outstanding achievements in delivering quality products and services.

Under the invitation of the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia and the Head of the Defense Industry Commission Dmitry Olegovich Rogozin the Rector of TSU M.M. Krishtal joined the members of the Public Council of the Head of the Defense Industry Commission of the Russian Government.

In August Togliatti State University was visited by several honored guests.

On 16 August in the Business Center of Togliatti State University a meeting of the Deputy Minister of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science Alexander Klimov with rectors and directors of high education institutions of Samara Region was held.

On 28 August the Governor of Samara Region Nikolay Merkushkin arrived at Togliatti State University. The Governor together with Togliatti State University Rector Mikhail Krishtal, Togliatti State University representatives and regional media were presented the laboratories of NIO-2 “Physics of Strength and Intellectual Diagnostic Systems”, Research and Development Center, the laboratories of the Institute of Automotive Industry, development works of Togliatti State University Research and Education Centers, as well as small innovative enterprises.

In the beginning of September in Moscow during the 25th Jubilee Moscow International Book Fair the award ceremony of the VI National Competition of University Editions “University Book-2012” took place.

Togliatti State University won prizes in two nominations.

14 September JSC “Russian Railways” delegation visited Togliatti State University. The guests arrived to assess work carried out under the agreement, under which NIO-2 (laboratory “Physics of Strength and Intellectual Diagnostic Systems’) shall evaluate quality of metals used for significant products of JSC “Russian Railways” from different suppliers.

On 5 October the bronze statue depicting a student, a young man running up the stairs of the University main entrance to be in time for lectures represents all generations of Togliatti State University students.

On 13 October the International Exhibition “BioIndustry-2012” integrated with the International Research-to-Practice Conference “Innovative Biotechnology in EurAsEC Countries” was held in St. Petersburg. Togliatti State University presented the engineering designs created by the minor innovative institution the “Resource-Efficient Technology Center”, which won a gold and a silver medals.

18-20 October - the Samara Regional Universal Scientific Library hosted the fifth Academic Editions Exhibition “University-Science-City-2012”. TSU presented 160 items of scientific, academic and methodical literature published in 2011-2012 - "Science Vector" magazine, the “Togliatti University” newspaper, and the “Speech’ka” newspaper.

On 1 November one of the most important events happened in Togliatti State University history: Russian Ministry of Education and Science published the lists of effective and ineffective educational institutions of the country. Togliatti State University was listed as an effective university! In general list there were included 502 universities and institutes and 930 branches. 136 universities and institutes (27.1%) and 450 branches (48.4%) were listed as ineffective institutes requiring reorganization.

In December The Industrial and Environmental Safety Management Department signed a long-term contract with Nestle Russia LLC for R&D works on enhancing, developing and introducing new technologies for environmental, industrial, and fire safety and energy security within an organization.

14 December - the Togliatti State University Representative Office in Syzran celebrated its tenth anniversary. By the date the building of the Representative Office was equipped with conference-call facilities which will allow Togliatti State University students from Syzran to communicate with the university professors without the need to spend extra time for trips.

In the end of the year the results of the V Annual National Radio and Video Works Competition “Record” between education institutions were summed up. Togliatti State University radio studio won three awards.