In Search of University Excellence: Perspectives from Russia and Emerging Countries.

About RUDN University

Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University)
Year of foundation – 1960
Rector – Filippov Vladimir Mikhaylovich
Mission: Uniting people of different cultures through knowledge. RUDN University creates leaders to make the world better.
Slogan: Discover the World in one University!
Students: 30,000 students including 7,500 foreign students from 154 countries

Alumni: Over 100,000 professionals who graduated from RUDN University are employed all over the world. They include Presidents and Prime Ministers, dozens of Ministers, hundreds of well-known politicians and successful businessmen, scientists and cultural luminaries.

Education: 5 faculties, 11 institutes and 1 academy. 25 Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes obtained international accreditation. The concept «From Teaching to Learning» is being implemented at the RUDN University.

It is aimed at training creative graduates who will be able to make independent decisions. 49 programmes are implemented in English.

Academic staff: 2,800 lecturers including 2,000 with academic degrees. Scholars, practitioners and successful professionals are some of the brightest minds who are currently teaching at the RUDN University.

Academic exchange programmes: Over 100 joint Master’s programmes with some of the leading global universities. RUDN University is a leader in several joint diploma and academic exchange programmes. The geography of RUDN University cooperation with QS TOP 500 Universities comprises of Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Spain, Italy, Kazakhstan, China, Colombia, Netherlands, Portugal, USA, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Chile, Sweden, SAR, South Korea. In 2016, 38 new Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes were launched in cooperation with universities such as the London Metropolitan University, Edinburgh Napier University and Nice Sophia Antipolis University.

International cooperation: About 250 cooperation agreements have been concluded with foreign universities and scientific centres. RUDN University is a core university of the CIS Network University (28 universities from 9 countries) and a coordinator of the SCO Network University (75 universities from 5 SCO countries). It is also included in the Venice Consortium. RUDN University is among the 12 universities of the Russian Federation that actively participates in the formation and development of BRICS Network University.

Priority research areas:

  • mathematical sciences;
  • physical sciences;
  • chemical sciences;
  • medical sciences, bio technologies and pharmaceutical science;
  • comparative social and humanitarian research;
  • modern languages

Science infrastructure: Over 150 research university laboratories, 30 academic centres and 3 shared knowledge centres. In 2016, 3 new scientific institutes in mathematics and chemistry were re-launched with the leading scientists now heading 8 new scientific centres and laboratories.

Campus: 13 dormitories, Talent Development Centre «Interclub», 20 cafés with national menus, Sport and Recreation Centre, Clinical Diagnostic Centre, shops, fountains and 50 ha of green territory near a park and 2 underground stations.

Rankings: QS ТОP 500 Universities of the world, QS ТОP 100 BRICS Universities.

Quality modern training, knowledge of foreign languages, research skills, personal contacts and extensive international professional ties are some of the key factors that help ensure the employability of the RUDN University graduates in the Russian labour market and beyond.