About NUST “MISIS”
The National University of Science and Technology MISiS has a proud and distinguished history, having celebrated its 80th anniversary in June 2010. It originated as the Department of Metallurgy in the Moscow Academy of Mines, which the Soviet government established in 1918, and in the following decades it went through several transformations before achieving its current designation.
In the 20th century, the Moscow Academy of Mines and then the Moscow Steel Institute (founded in 1930) each played a prominent role in the industrialization of Soviet Russia. Today, the National University of Science and Technology MISiS is at the forefront in the development of Russia’s innovative, knowledge-based economy, supporting the nation’s ability to successfully compete with other advanced economies as well as to fully integrate into the international community.
As in the past, MISiS remains one of Russia’s leading teaching and research educational centers. It provides a first-class professional education for over 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and it offers extensive opportunities for specialized scientific research with the objective of transferring the university’s ideas, innovations, and technologies to real-life application. MISiS aims to produce and nurture pioneering processes in a variety of fields ranging from its historic expertise in metallurgy and materials science to relatively new directions in nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technologies and telecommunications, and sustainable development and energy-effective technologies. These technologies are essential for improving the quality of life not only in the Russian Federation but in all countries.
Following Russian federal policy in engineering and innovations, the university is working to develop research and development projects in prioritized areas of the economy, as identified by the presidential administration. MISiS’s goal is to create energy-effective technologies and environmentally-friendly methods of industrial production, and to produce new materials for use in energy-effective technologies.
MISiS supports a multi- and cross-disciplinary approach to education. Our mission emphasizes providing fundamental instruction at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels as well as creating an organic bond between education and science.
MISiS is working to develop new mutually-beneficial relations with international industrial and educational partners, while continuing to nurture those already existing. Our institutional vision recognizes the seeming paradox that in the world of competition it is international cooperation that has the potential of creating an environment uniquely conducive to the attainment of the university’s goals and continued evolution.
MISiS currently enjoys close cooperation with a number of educational and industrial partners, and it is working to develop these ties by identifying new opportunities for mutually beneficial projects. At the same time, MISiS is pursuing new relations with institutes, universities and private companies that share the university’s commitment to the collaborative process.
The university has secured international partners both in neighboring countries and on distant continents. Its trans-Atlantic ties are well-developed, and during the past two decades, MISiS has worked in the U.S. with Iowa State University of Science and Technology, University of Northern Iowa, and Colorado School of Mines.
Recognizing the vital role of the English language in global communication, MISiS signed an agreement with Cambridge University Press with the objective of improving English teaching at both graduate and undergraduate levels. Under this agreement, all MISiS undergraduate students are now acquiring English through a specially-conceived blended-learning curriculum. The goal of the program is to raise the linguistic competence of MISiS students so that they can communicate freely with their international peers and develop joint scientific projects.
As part of its language learning initiative, MISiS signed a memorandum of understanding with Cambridge University, whose Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy and Language Learning Center jointly developed a professional development course for MISiS faculty. This program is designed to improve the English language skills of the university’s teaching staff and to help them explore contemporary approaches in teaching master’s level engineering courses in English.
The twenty-first century offers both opportunities and challenges, and they will be met through the close collaboration of international partners. In this effort, MISiS is ideally positioned to lead the way.