Moscow University was founded on 12 (25)th of January 1755 on Saint Tatyana's Day at the decree of the Empress Elizaveta and on the initiative of the great Russian scientist Mikhail Lomonosov. The day of Moscow University's foundation is celebrated as the Student's Day in Russia. Started with three faculties in 1755, Moscow State University nowadays offers education in 27 faculties and research training in a number of institutes.
Moscow State University has a long-standing tradition of academic excellence. At this oldest and most famous Russian university, scientific and educational schools of international reputation have been formed. A number of its graduates and professors became Nobel Prize winners and are considered world famous scientists. According to all private and governmental surveys, Lomonosov Moscow State University is the leading national educational establishment. It is internationally recognized and ranked among the top ten in the world. The University has been providing a means for the people from all other the world to learn about the latest advances in sciences, humanities and medicine for about 250 years.
The total number of University students including post-graduates exceeds 30,000. The University employs 8,500 professors, teachers and researchers. About 6,900 of them hold Doctor of Science and PhD Degrees. The number of foreign students is growing constantly. Currently they host about 3,000 students from about 100 countries. The University teachers and professors are highly qualified and world recognized for their achievements in modern sciences. Further, the application of the latest techniques in teaching provides the necessary background for an excellent education. The Diploma of Moscow University has won universal prestige and is recognized worldwide. Many educational programmes are carried out in close co-operation with research institutes of the University and the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The Main Building of the University is world famous for its exceptional architecture and size - it is the largest and tallest university building throughout the world. The University campus located in one of the most beautiful parts of Moscow supplies the students with all necessary facilities: lecture halls, laboratories, libraries, dining halls, dormitories, movie theatre, conference hall, post office, clinics, pharmacy, and various shops. The University campus includes 12 training halls, 2 swimming pools, baseball and football stadiums, tennis courts and other sport facilities. The University closely cooperates with the leading international organisations including UNESCO and The World Bank. The University is a member of various international associations and has concluded more than 350 exchange, research and cooperation agreements with universities on all continents. Moscow State University is also the centre of cooperation between the universities of the former USSR. The Rector, Prof. V.A.Sadovnichii, is the President of the Eurasian Association of Universities. Many outstanding scholars, public and state leaders of the world have been elected Honourary Professors and Doctors of the University. Among them are J. Goethe, the beloved German thinker and novellist, the first prime-minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru, Margarete Thatcher, and last but not least, Bill Clinton. Many current and past political leaders, such as M. Gorbatchev are alumni of Moscow State University and underlign the ambitions of the university to provide the best tuition to the best people.
Moscow State University provides a wide range educational services and educational programmes. It has established modern educational programmes in all basic areas of research and education. The educational system of the University is designed to give a student deep understanding of fundamental disciplines combined with specialisation in the applied and concrete scientific problems. Almost programs at the University are delivered in Russian language. However, some graduate and a number of training programmes are conducted in foreign languages. Courses of different type and duration, pre-university programmes, various specialized courses including teachers' and researchers' qualification advancement studies as well as courses of Russian language, history and culture of Russia are open for international students. Those wishing to take a full course of studies or training in Russian language are invited to Foundation (preparatory) course at the Center for International Education or at the faculties specialized departments. Moscow State University offers a number of special programmes for groups of students from foreign universities. These programmes may last from one semester to one year. Students may choose to pass exams in the courses they take. Classes may be conducted in a foreign language.
The Lomonosov Moscow State University is the oldest and the most prestigious university of Russia.
"There is a science centre in the center of Europe, which according to its fields and range of its representatives, belongs to the best a nation may create… Learn from Russians"
Rudolf Virchow (1821-1902) about Moscow University