Moscow State Institute of International Relations
| Moscow State Institute of International Relations |
(University, Deep state milieu)
|Educates very many of Russia's political, economic, and intellectual elite|
Moscow State Institute of International Relations, often abbreviated as MGIMO, is an academic institution run by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, which is widely considered the most elite university in Russia. It is one of the top universities in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, as well as a think tank. MGIMO is reputable for the prominent role of teamwork, analytical thinking, critical reasoning, and strategic planning as key aspects of its training methodologies.
It was dubbed the "Harvard of Russia" by Henry Kissinger, because it educates so many of Russia's political, economic, and intellectual elite. Currently, it has the lowest acceptance rate and the highest test scores of any university in the country. It is the alma mater of the largest number of Forbes list members and representatives of the political elite according to Forbes Russia.
MGIMO offers numerous educational programs in 18 key fields of study, including international relations and regional studies, politics, governance, diplomacy, world economy, law, journalism, foreign trade and management, energy affairs, linguistics, and environmental studies. It offers MBA and Executive MBA programs, and pre-university tutorials as well. According to the Guinness Book of Records, MGIMO teaches 53 full time languages during every academic term, the most in any academic institution.
The University pays special attention to distance learning and digital technologies. Since 2016, MGIMO has been recording and publishing its distance courses at Coursera. As of today, Coursera contains 20 courses by MGIMO professors. MGIMO has integrated an LMS (Electronic Learning Management System) in the educational process. Moodle and Stepik (Russia) platforms are used as well.
MGIMO has three campuses – in Moscow, in the Moscow Region and in Tashkent (Uzbekistan) as well as an educational centre for law studies in Geneva, Switzerland. Today, there are about 10,000 students at MGIMO from 74 countries. International students account for about 16% of the total number of students.
MGIMO is a centre for the Russian-French Trianon Dialogue, the Russian-Czech Discussion Forum, the Russian-Austrian forum Sochi Dialogue, ASEAN Centre.
MGIMO was founded on 14 October 1944 by a special decree of the Soviet Government on the basis of the recently established School of International Relations of the Lomonosov Moscow State University. The first 200 students were veterans who had survived in the Second World War and were determined to build international peace and stability.
By early 1950s, MGIMO comprised three schools, since its ancestor, the School of History and International Relations was added by the School of International Law and the School of International Economic Relations. In 1954 the Moscow Institute of Oriental Studies, one of the oldest Russian institutes and the successor of the Lazarev Institute of Oriental Languages created in 1815, was integrated into MGIMO.
In 1958, MGIMO incorporated one more university – of Foreign Trade – and became the national leader of education and expertise in International Relations.
In 1969 the School of Journalism and the School of Law were added to the scope of education and research fields.
In the second half of 1980s MGIMO became a fully open institution. In 1989, admission on a commercial basis started and first students from Western countries began to arrive. In the late 1980s, MGIMO became the first national university to establish its own business school that later in 2012 emerged as the School of Business and International Proficiency.
1992 saw the creation of the School of International Business and Business Administration.
In 1994 MGIMO was granted university status but traditionally contains the word institute in its name. The same year saw the creation of the International Institute of Administration. The same year a Department of Politics was introduced within the School of International Relations and evolved into the separate School of Political Science in 1998.
The next decade saw the further buildup of reforms and improvement of educational quality, including newly opened schools and Master programs with the number of partnering universities abroad. In 2000, two educational divisions were established - Institute of Energy Policy and Diplomacy and School of Applied Economics and Commerce. In 2005, the European Studies Institute was opened on MGIMO basis.
In 2011, the Institute for Foreign Economic Relations was transformed into the School of Applied Economics and Commerce. In 2013 The School of Governance and Global Affairs was launched as the first Russian school to train international students in English at Bachelor’s level.
In 2016, MGIMO officially opened the Odintsovo Branch – its first campus located in the Moscow suburban area. The campus is also a home for MGIMO Gorchakov Lyceum.
In 2017, the International Institute of Administration and the School of Political Science merged into the School of Governance and Politics.
Heads of state or government
- Petar Mladenov, former President of Bulgaria
- Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan
- Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of Kazakhstan
- Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, President of Kalmykia (a region of Russia)
- Andrey Lukanov, former Prime Minister of Bulgaria
- Zhan Videnov, former Prime Minister of Bulgaria
Ministers, diplomats and politicians
- Irina Bokova, former Ambassador of Bulgaria to France, Director-General of UNESCO
- Sergei Lavrov, minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, former Russia's ambassador to the United Nations
- Andrei Kozyrev, minister of foreign affairs of Russia
- Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission and European Commissioner for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration (2009 - ), former Slovak Permanent Representative to the European Union (2004-2009)
- Georgiy Mamedov, Ambassador of Russia to Canada
- Pulat Abdullayev, former Ambassador of Russia to Cameroon
- Anatoly Adamishin, former Ambassador to Italy, first deputy Foreign Minister
- Nikolay Afanasevsky, former Ambassador to Belgium and France
- Aleksandr Avdeyev, former Ambassador of Russia to France, Minister for Culture of Russia
- Alexei Bogaturov, International Trends founder and first editor-in-chief, Distinguished Scholar of Russia
- Valentin Bogomazov, former Ambassador to Ecuador, Peru
- Vitaly Churkin, former Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations
- Vyacheslav Dolgov, former Ambassador to Australia, Belarus
- Yuri Fedotov, former Ambassador of Russia to the United Kingdom, Executive Director of the UNODC
- Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, former Czech Minister of European Affairs and Czech Ambassador to the NATO
- Oleg Gordievsky, KGB officer and defector
- Vladimir Grinin, Ambassador to Germany, Switzerland
- Yerlan Idrissov, politician, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to USA
- Olga Ivanova, Ambassador to Mauritius
- Sergei Kirpichenko, Ambassador to United Arab Emirates (1998-2000), Libya (2000-2004), Syria (2006-2011), Egypt (2011-2019)
- Ján Kubiš, former minister of foreign affairs of Slovakia (2006-2009), former Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe secretary general
- Eduard Kukan, Member of European Parliament (2009-), former minister of foreign affairs of Slovakia (1994, 1998-2006)
- Yuri Kuplyakov, former Ambassador to Nigeria
- Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovak Republic (2009-2010, 2012- ), former President of the United Nations General Assembly (2017), former Managing Director for Russia, Eastern Neighbourhood and the Western Balkans in the EU's External Action Service (2010-2012), High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Iurie Leancă, diplomat and Foreign Minister of Moldova
- Alexander Losyukov, former Ambassador to New Zealand
- Vladimir Malygin, Ambassador to Malta
- Grigoriy Marchenko, Governor of the National Bank of Kazakhstan
- Sergei Martynov, minister of foreign affairs of Belarus
- Hang Chuon Naron, Cambodian minister of education
- Yuri Nosenko, KGB officer and defector
- Alexei Obukhov, politician, diplomat and Deputy Foreign Minister of USSR
- Atanas Paparizov, member of the European Parliament from Bulgaria, former minister
- Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and Special Representative for the Slovak OSCE Chairmanship
- Sergei M. Plekhanov, political scientist, former deputy director of the Institute of the US and Canada at the Russian Academy of Sciences
- Alexey Podberezkin, politician, professor, candidate for president in 2000 Russian presidential election
- Mircea Răceanu, Romanian diplomat
- Leonid Shebarshin, KGB officer
- Vasily Sidorov, diplomat, Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia, Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN Office and other International Organizations in Geneva
- Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Chairman of the Senate of Kazakhstan
- Tibor Toth, Executive Secretary, provisional technical secretariat, Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization
- Nikolay N. Udovichenko, Ambassador of Russia to Nigeria
- Grigol Vashadze, minister of foreign affairs of Georgia
- Sergey Yastrzhembsky, former Russian envoy to the EU
- Alisher Usmanov, Uzbek-born billionaire and Chairman of Gazprominvestholding, alleged to have bribed Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev
- Patokh Chodiev, Belgian-Uzbek billionaire oligarch
- Vladimir Potanin, billionaire and president of Interros holding
- Alexander Lebedev, billionaire and Russian oligarch
- Nikolai N. Inozemtsev, deputy director of Gosplan
- Marek Dospiva, Czech top-manager, Penta Brokers s.r.o.
- Jaroslav Haščák, Slovak top-manager, Penta Brokers s.r.o.
- Felix Vulis, Chief Executive of Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation plc (ENRC)
- Olga Obukhova, writer, journalist
- Bilkisu Yusuf, Nigerian journalist, columnist and editor, Muslim, feminist, and advocate for interfaith society
- Ksenia Sobchak, Russian TV anchor, journalist, politician, socialite and actress
- Vladimir R. Legoyda
Arts and literature
- Luba Sterlikova, artist, author
- Sergo Mikoyan, Soviet and Armenian historian
- Anatoly Torkunov, rector of the Institute
- Alexandru Şoltoianu, lecturer Moldova State University, a founder of the National Patriotic Front and political prisoner
- Alexei Bogaturov, international relations scholar
- Nadezhda Mikhalkova, actress
Alumni on Wikispooks
|Ilham Aliyev||24 December 1961||Azerbaijan||Politician||President of Azerbaijan since 2003.|
|Vitaly Churkin||21 February 1952||20 February 2017||Diplomat||Russian Un Ambassador who died of what officially was a heart failure, at a time when there was a lot of Western diplomatic pressure on Russia and several other diplomats had died in a short period of time.|
|Andrey I. Denisov||3 October 1952||Russian||Diplomat||Russian senior diplomat. Ambassador to the United Nations and, since 2013 China at the time of a rapidly strengthening relationship.|
|Umar Dzhabrailov||28 June 1958||Russian||Businessperson||Russian politician and businessman associated with several murders in his "career". Mentioned in Jeffrey Epstein's black book.|
|Andrey Kelin||15 May 1957||Diplomat|
|Alexander Konuzin||25 December 1947||Russian||Diplomat||Russian Ambassador to Serbia 2008-2012|
|Miroslav Lajčák||20 March 1963||Slovakia||Politician||Slovak diplomat with WEF AGM habit|
|Sergei Lavrov||21 March 1950||Diplomat||Russian diplomat and very competent Foreign Minister|
|Alexander Lebedev||16 December 1959||Russian||Spook|
|Spooky Russian oligarch and media mogul|
|Yuri Nosenko||30 October 1927||23 August 2008||US||Spook|
|Soviet KGB defector who ended up being tortured in secret CIA prison.|
|Vladimir Potanin||3 January 1961||Russian||Billionaire|
|Russian businessman. The 10th richest person in the world.|
|Alexei Pushkov||10 August 1954||Russian||Politician|
Deep state functionary
|Influential Russian politician|
Deep state operative
|Arkady Shevchenko||11 October 1930||28 February 1998||US|
|Soviet diplomat, the highest-ranking Soviet official to defect to the West.|
|Lilia Shevtsova||7 October 1949||Russian||Academic||Moscow State Institute of International Relations, 5 Bilderbergs from 1999 to 2004|
|Alisher Usmanov||9 September 1953||Russian||Billionaire|
|Uzbekh-Russian billionaire who made his wealth after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Took down Craig Murray's allegations by threatening his web host.|
- ↑ Müller, Martin (2009). Making great power identities in Russia: an ethnographic discourse analysis of education at a Russian elite university. Zürich: LIT
- ↑ Encyclopedia of Contemporary Russian Culture, Smordisnkaya et al., 2007 Edition, pp. 400–401
- ↑ MGIMO-University Official Website, "WHY MGIMO," last updated 2016
- ↑ https://www.forbes.ru/karera-i-svoy-biznes/378695-universitety-dlya-budushchey-elity-100-luchshih-vuzov-rossii-po-versii |
- ↑ http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/most-languages-taught-in-an-academic-institution
- ↑ https://www.coursera.org/mgimo
- ↑ https://www.hse.ru/en/studyspravka/lms_student
- ↑ http://www.praguemonitor.com/2017/11/23/czech-russian-forum-established-moscow
- ↑ https://papers.mgimo.ru/en/en%7Caccess-date=2020-07-15