Moscow State Institute of International Relations

Moscow State Institute of International Relations

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Overview


MGIMO is Russia’s most prestigious educational institution for young people with international interests. For international students, MGIMO is that and more: a modern, welcoming, and intellectually stimulating place to study in Russia’s greatest city.

MGIMO’s diverse student body of 6,000 is drawn from the top ranks of Russian students and from partner universities around the world. MGIMO offers a broad range of courses at undergraduate and graduate levels — from international affairs, political science, economics, and international law, to journalism, business management, and energy policy. International undergraduates can apply for a fully English-taught B.A. program or choose from challenging and exciting courses in Russian. Students seeking a Master degree can apply for one of MGIMO’s groundbreaking double-degree programs, offered in partnership with international institutions, or seek a place in one of more than thirty MA programs taught in Russian.

For all its history, MGIMO is continuing to remake itself. In the last five years, the university has formed numerous new partnerships with leading institutions around the world. MGIMO is integrating fully into the Bologna accords, spelling out strict standards for European higher learning institutions. The University is also committed to fostering an ever-evolving student body, curriculum, and campus life that continues to reflect its reputation as Russia’s most prestigious and most advanced place for understanding international affairs.

  1. RUSSIA’S PREMIER UNIVERSITY

MGIMO is Russia’s best known and most prestigious humanities institution. It is world class in every sense of the term – renowned excellence, independent, coeducational, and publicly endowed. MGIMO’s seven schools and four educational institutes encompass numerous academic departments, divisions, and award programs, as well as interdisciplinary centers and scientific work programs extending beyond traditional departmental boundaries.

  1. TRULY INTERNATIONAL

Russia’s most global university, MGIMO has been a Russian home for students from around the world for nearly 60 years, providing more than 5,000 international graduates the education to flourish as leaders in the private and public sector globally. In addition, MGIMO has close ties with the world’s leading educational centers, across Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Africa. MGIMO prides itself on a global focus and MGIMO is a home for global students.

  1. GLOBAL RECOGNITION

MGIMO University was one of the first Russian universities to join the European Universities Association, and is a signatory to the Bologna accords. The MGIMO philosophy provides tuition for Bachelor and Master degree programs which are recognized around the world, with students gaining qualifications which are the keys to employment and academic opportunities internationally. MGIMO Honorary Doctorates have been bestowed on the globally eminent.

  1. WIDE COURSE SELECTION

MGIMO University offers amongst the widest range of educational programs and specializations available in a university of its type anywhere. When it comes to providing students with a context for understanding the contemporary world – be it through international diplomacy, public administration, business, economics, law, and journalism, not to mention the 53 languages it teaches – MGIMO is unique.

  1. OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC ACCESS

MGIMO University brings together the best aspects of a liberal arts college with those of a major research university. This approach provides students with close access to more than 1200 professors and faculty members, including 20 full members and corresponding members of the renowned Russian Academy of Sciences, a further 113 doctors of science and 400 doctorate of science candidates. MGIMO’s academia takes pride in its students.

  1. WORLD RENOWNED RESEARCH

With an outstanding reputation and academic status MGIMO consistently ranks highly in university ratings. Its research is extended globally through collaborations with leading research institutes in Russia, CIS countries, and around the world.Under the umbrella of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MGIMO is an esteemed policy think-tank and forum for debate and analysis of international developments and current affairs, with its contributions to global analysis highly sought after.

  1. INNOVATIVE EDUCATION

Since its inception MGIMO’s vision and philosophy has merged traditional academic rigor with intellectual innovation. The university’s Innovative Educational Program, implemented over 2007-2008, renewed its focus on competency based education. The program also saw MGIMO develop a new quality system reflecting contemporary scientific and educational trends, with new management practices and technologies, and attracting international educational leaders.

  1. ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

The university is renowned for academic excellence, meaning the brightest of Russia’s future leaders are studying there now, with an increasing number of their international counterparts. Each year Russia’s best high school graduates compete for nearly a thousand new places, with some programs – especially economics, law, and international relations – having up to 30 applicants for each place.

MGIMO graduates include presidents, prime ministers, and foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Slovakia, Ukraine and other countries.

  1. WORLDWIDE NETWORKING

MGIMO provides not only an advanced education, but an unparalleled opportunity to gain professional contacts which will endure well beyond formal education. Its rigorous and challenging academic framework is complemented by a healthy social environment where the student community and alumni are very accessible and welcoming to foreign students. In this environment today’s students can become the friends of tomorrow’s international political, legal, business and social leaders.

  1. GREAT SOCIAL LIFE

Beyond study, MGIMO students will find themselves drawn to numerous concerts, dances, comedy nights, and events in every imaginable sport. Various student organizations fill the calendar with additional social events. Of course, MGIMO is in Moscow, one of the world’s great cities, with an array of cultural and historical treasures, vibrant culture and dazzling nightlife. It also offers easy access to the diversity and energy of contemporary Russia, and its epic cultural heritage. MGIMO is a wonderful life experience for international students.

Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties


  • School of International Relations
  • School of International Economic Relations
  • International Law School
  • School of International Journalism
  • School of Political Science
  • School of International Business and Business Administration
  • School of Applied Economics and Commerce
  • International Institute of Energy Policy and Diplomacy
  • International Institute of Administration
  • European Studies Institute
  • School of Government and International Affairs

History


MGIMO, which, in Russian, stands for Moscow State Institute of International Relations, was founded on October 14, 1944 when the USSR Council of People’s Commissars reorganized the recently created School of International Relations of the Moscow State University into an independent institute. Initially called the Institute of International Relations (IMO) its first 200 students were veterans who had survived the ordeals of the Second World War and were determined to build international peace and stability.

 

From the outset MGIMO was intended to become a unique academic research and education center. It quickly became Russia’s leading diplomatic training institution, with MGIMO academics making a major contribution across the fields of international relations, country and regional studies, international law and international economic relations. Additionally, it took a position at the forefront of scientific endeavor, with the establishment of several world renowned scientific schools, and as the workplace of many outstanding Russian scientists, including Academy of Sciences members E.Tarle, L.Ivanov, V.Trukhanovskiy, S.Tikhvinskiy, N.Inozemtsev, and Y.Frantsev.

Originally MGIMO comprised three schools: School of International Relations, School of International Economic Relations and School of International Law. International students began coming to MGIMO from 1946. Since then MGIMO alumni have become national business, diplomatic and legal leaders in many countries, with several becoming Foreign Ministers, heads of government, and even Presidents.

In 1954 the Moscow Institute of Oriental Studies, one of the oldest Russian institutes and successor to the Lasarevsky School created in 1815, was integrated into MGIMO. The Institute’s library was greatly enriched by the addition of the famous Lasarevskaya library, which had no peer for its large body of oriental literature.

In 1958 MGIMO incorporated the Institute of Foreign Trade, which had previously operated under the aegis of the USSR Ministry for Foreign Trade. This led to an expansion of the School of International Economic Relations and a focus on training foreign trade and economic specialists. In 1969 the International Journalism School was founded.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the profound social and economic change sweeping Russia saw major changes in MGIMO’s structure and educational programs. In 1991 a new School of International Business and Business Administration was founded.

 

Since 1992 the Institute has been headed by the Rector, Professor Anatoly Torkunov, whose leadership has been instrumental in overcoming the turmoil of the 1990s. Under his tenure MGIMO has embarked on a comprehensive program of educational modernization and innovation, including closer integration with European higher education, through entrance into the Bologna process, the broadening of international contacts, and the elevation of the Institute to the forefront of international education and science.

In 1994 MGIMO was granted University status. The same year saw the creation of the International Institute of Administration, following a decision by the Russian Government on government administration and municipal management training. 1998 saw the founding of the School of Political Science, the first of its type in Russia to focus on training public service managers.

In 2000 the International Institute of Energy Policy and Diplomacy was established, under the aegis of MGIMO, on the initiative of leading Russian energy companies. The mission of the Institute is to train managers for the promotion of international energy cooperation.

MGIMO’s European Educational Institute was founded in 2006, reflecting joint efforts by the Russian Federation and European Union to organize continuing education programs for Russian and European officials.

2011 has seen the founding of MGIMO’s youngest school, the School of Applied Economics and Commerce. It is unique for its BA program in Ecology and Wildlife Management, which develops expertise in the field of economic and ecological issues.

Every year MGIMO accepts more than one thousand new students, from every part of the Russian Federation, and internationally from more than 60 countries. Over 35 thousand Russian and global alumni are proud to have graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Divisions of the MGIMO Alumni Association are active in many countries around the world. In 2007, the MGIMO Alumni Association established Russia’s first university endowment – the Development Foundation for MGIMO.


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