MGIMO University is one of the oldest university centers in the country to train international specialists. The University was founded on October 14, 1944, when the Council of People's Commissars transformed the International faculty of Moscow State University name of Lomonosov established a year earlier in an independent institute. Since 1946, students from foreign countries have been sent to study at MGIMOUniversity.In the first years in the university there were three faculties: international, economic and legal.In 1954, MGIMO University opened the eastern branch as a result of merging with the Moscow Institute of Oriental Studies, the successor of the Lazarevsky School, established in 1815.
For seven decades, MGIMO University has become a major educational institution and research center, where educational programs for bachelor and master's programs are conducted in 16 areas of training (state and municipal management, journalism, foreign regional studies, linguistics, international relations, management, teacher education, political science, advertising and communications with public, socio-cultural activities, sociology, business, finance and credit, ecology and nature management, economics, jurisprudence), in there are postgraduate courses in 28 scientific specialties (seven dissertational councils), intensive language training is conducted in 53 foreign languages (20 language departments).In the structure of the University there are eight faculties, five institutes and the School of Business and international competences. In July 2013, MGIMO University received international accreditation of all educational programs on three levels of education, becoming the first and so far the only university in Russia that implemented such a large-scale project..
Currently, about 6.5 thousand students from more than 70 subjects of the Russian Federation and 67 foreign countries study at the University. During its activity, MGIMO University has trained over 40,000 students, including more than 5.5 thousand foreign citizens.Among the famous Russian graduates of MGIMO University are state and political figures, diplomats, scientists (20 members and corresponding members of the Russian academy of sciences), business people and journalists.More than two thirds of the personnel of the Russian diplomatic service graduated from MGIMO. Graduates of the University are the president of Azerbaijan I.G. Aliyev, the ministers of foreign affairs of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Slovakia, Mongolia, other prominent state and political figures.