The Volga Region Academy of civil Service named after P.A. Stolypin (PAGS) is located in Saratov, a large industrial and cultural center founded in 1590 and situated on the Volga River. As one of the most culturally significant cities in Russia, Saratov boasts a large variety of higher educational institutions, several theaters and museums including the Radishchev Art Gallery, a prestigious conservatory. PAGS is a state research and higher education institution that trains, retrains and upgrades civil service officials for the Volga Region. Founded in 1991 as the Volga Region Personal Training Center, in 1995 it was named the Volga Region Academy of Civil Service under the President of the Russian Federation on April 2, 2002. PAGS is a diverse institution with 6 departments, college graduate courses. It includes the following centers: Analysis of Contemporary Issues in Civil Service; Development of Student Creative Activities; German Language Center; Information and Technical Center, Business Training Center/Morozov Project, Russian-French Institute of Regional Administration. The Academy has satellite campuses in Samara, Togliatti, Tambov, Ulyanovsk, Balakovo and missions in Tartarstan Republic and Penza. The Academy faculty currently has 269 members including a variety of educational formats: full-time education, correspondence courses, abbreviated courses for undergraduates and university and university graduates receiving another higher education degree. PAGS campus includes 4 academic buildings, 2 dormitories with dining rooms, a sports center, and a student club. Today PAGS is one of the few institutions in Russia that integrates the economic, judicial and liberal arts disciplines essential for officials and public administration specialists facing rapidly changing conditions of social and economic life.