Sergo Ordzhonikidze Russian State University for Geological Prospecting (MGRI) is one of the oldest (founded in 1918) universities in the world specializing in geological exploration (Educational and Methodological Association leading University for education in applied geology). A glorious history of Russian geology is closely associated with the University that first turned the USSR, and then Russia into a superpower of raw material industry. For several decades Sergo Ordzhonikidze University conducted researches and trained professionals for exploration and commercial development of deposits of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, gold and solid fuel, precious and ornamental gems, uranium, rare metals and rare-earth metals. In its 100 years existence the University has trained more than 40,000 professionals who are the base of the country’s geological industry. Sergo Ordzhonikidze University is a niche University with advanced engineering specialization. For many decades the University has been forming approaches to a single educational standard in “applied geology” and “geological exploration technology”, as well as coordinating the work of almost 30 Russian universities and geological departments. The University has the best scientific schools of applied geology, geophysics, uranium and rare-earth geology, gemology and hydrogeology.
The training of foreign students and postgraduates at Sergo Ordzhonikidze Geo University was organized in 1931. First students were citizens of European countries such as Albania, Bulgaria and Hungary, later on there appeared students from Asia, Africa and Latin America.
The first graduation of international mining engineers took place in 1952, and by 2018 the University has trained about 2000 specialists from 95 countries, more than 400 candidate and doctoral theses were defended. The University graduates are government leaders, University professors, heads of geological organizations and mining enterprises.
Today 1062 foreign students from 54 countries study at the University on a fee paid basis as well as on government-funded basis. Training is carried out in almost all specialties of the University. The term of study for Bachelors is 4 years, for Specialists — 5 years, to obtain a Master’s Degree one need to study for 2 years and postgraduate programs presuppose 3-4 years (depending on the specialty).
Foreign students enter the University after preliminary courses “Russian as a Foreign Language” which last 10 months at the Department of Russian and Foreign Languages. Foreign citizens who have a Course Attainment Certificate of any other Russian university can also be enrolled in University.
Sergo Ordzhonikidze Geo University keeps in touch with foreign geological universities in a variety of countries: Germany, Bulgaria, Vietnam, Belarus, Romania, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and China. About 50 contracts, agreements, memoranda on academic and scientific cooperation, on cooperation in the field of education, on joint research and educational activities in the field of exploration and development of mineral deposits, on cooperation in the field of implementation of the results of completed research projects related to the study of resource-saving, environmentally safe new technologies in the natural resource sphere, on cooperation in the development, examination of scientific programs and projects were signed with partner universities, aimed at the creation of advanced technologies in the field of Geology, use and protection of mineral resources and water resources, cooperation in the organization of work experience internship for students studying in the field of higher and secondary special education.
In 2016 15 students and postgraduates were sent to Liaoning Technical University (China) for a 6-month internship, after which the students received international Course Attainment Certificate in the selected specialties with knowledge of Chinese. In its turn, the Chinese university sent its students for getting Master’s Degree in Sergo Ordzhonikidze Geo University.
The International Affairs Department works in close contact with the Association and communities of foreign students and maintains contact with University graduates.
The focus areas of the Department are participation in the integration of the University into the world educational and scientific system; development of international and foreign economic relations; the University’s participation in the implementation of international programs in the field of education, science and culture; popularization of educational, methodological, scientific and technical achievements of the University abroad; development of mutually beneficial cooperation with foreign partners in all areas of the University’s activities; organization of recruitment and training of foreign citizens in the University in the context of international agreements.
The main attention in work with foreign students is paid to improvement of educational process; assistance in the organization of individual work on educational material, control of the current academic performance of each student.