National University of Science and Technology (MISIS)

Moscow, Russia

No. Students: 14,000
Funding type: Public
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About

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 Russias innovative, knowledge-based economy, supporting the nations 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 Russias leading teaching and research educational centers. It provides a first-class professional education for over 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and offers extensive opportunities for specialized scientific research with the objective of transferring the Universitys 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. MISiSs goal is to create energy-effective technologies and environmentally-friendly methods of industrial production, as well as 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 Universitys goals and continued evolution.

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Student Accommodation

The University does not have a campus area around its academic buildings. Yet MISiS provides its students with comfortable accommodation at four Universitys residence halls which all together create the Metallurg campus area (Metallurgist in English) located in a Moscows green area in the proximity of one of the largest parks in Moscow (Bitsa Park) and another green recreation area Troparyovo. The Universitys residence halls make home for around 2.600 undergraduate and postgraduate students from Russia and other countries and create most favorable living conditions to make their stay comfortable enough. Students share decent furnished rooms with Russian and international students and have access to various leisure facilities. There is a bathroom on each floor and each room has a cabled Internet access. The residence halls are located within walking distance from a metro station which makes it fast and easy for students to reach the MISiSs main academic buildings (in Leninsky prospect, Oktyabrskaya metro station).

Students hosted at the MISiSs residence have access to various University facilities, including computer labs, laundry rooms, gyms, a swimming pool, as well as a café. The halls are located close to a few grocery stores and a cinema theatre.

Student life

Moscow is a city of contrasts which offers a broad variety of attractions. Make sure to attribute some of your time to discovering cultural sights in Moscow which are even more numerous and fascinating that you could have imagined it.

Here are some useful tips you need to know before traveling to Russia:

  1. A common fear among foreigners traveling to Russia is of getting lost and of not being able to find anyone who speaks English to help them out of this seemingly embarrassing situation. Given that the street signs and names of metro stations are written in Cyrillic and not Latin characters, it may initially indeed be confusing for non-Russian speaking visitors. Yet, while the older generation of Russians may not be fluent in English or in any other foreign language, many of the younger people are; in any case, most people, whatever their age, are generally willing to help you out and will make every effort to show you the way. Thus, you should not hesitate to ask people around you to help you find your location.
  2. The Moscow metro system is one of the oldest ones in the world, transporting thousands of passengers daily -- from home to work and back and to music halls, museums, cafes, and restaurants. Those familiar with metro systems in other big cities around the world will find the Moscow underground quite easy to use and very convenient, especially for those who read Russian. For non Russian speaking/reading nationals, the problem posed by the Cyrillic names of the metro stations, while challenging, is certainly not insurmountable. Obviously, the greater familiarity you have with the Cyrillic alphabet, the less intimidating it will be. Beyond that, careful comparison of your metro map (which it would be good to carry with you at all times) with the signage in the station will yield clarity on which way to proceed at any given station. Reading and remembering the first few letters of metro station usually will be enough to get you to your destination. The following illustrates how you could navigate the metro in traveling from MISiS residential campus to MISiS's main academic buildings on Leninsky prospect. The metro system consists of two basic components: the circle (brown) line and twelve radial lines intercrossing one another. Your destination will be the «» (Oktyabrskaya) station on the circle line. (Note: Oktyabrskaya circle and radial stations/lines are very close to each other but can be distinguished on the metro map by different colors: brown and orange.) Your starting point will be the metro «» (Belyaevo), which is the nearest station to the MISiS residential campus and which is seven stations below the station you need. Once on the platform, you will have two train options - one to your left and one to your right. One of them will take you to the north, which is the direction you need to go to get to the Oktyabrskaya station; the other will transfer you to the south of Moscow. These two routes with their respective stations are represented on the horizontal plaques hanging in the metro hall over the platform between the trains. Examining your metro map you will see that the 1st station which is above (i.e., to the north) of your current location starts with a KA («»), whereas the station below or to the south of Belyaevo starts with a KO(«»). So now, without having to comprehend or remember the entire metro station name, you can safely take the right direction by identifying which plaque hanging in the metro hall lists as its first station one beginning with "KA". Once on the train, count 7 stations and you will arrive at the Oktyabrskaya-radial station (orange). After disembarking you will have to take an underground passage to get to the Oktyabrskaya-circle station (brown). If you feel disoriented or lost, fellow passengers, particularly students, would more than likely be pleased to help direct you.
  3. If you wish to travel by the ground transport, you can take trams, tramways, and buses. You can buy tickets valid for all ground transport means (busses/trams/tramways) either in Ticket Booths, which can be found at most bus-stops, or directly from the driver (the price will be slightly higher though). Yet, keeping in mind the notorious Moscow traffic jams, these are not always the fastest or even the safest means of transport.
  4. Unfortunately, Moscow, like any other big city, suffers from a seemingly incurable disease, since pick-pocketing remains an omnipresent hazard in crowded places such as shopping malls, transport (especially the metro in the rush-hour), busses and trams, and railway stations. Virtually in any crowded place, you should be particularly alert to protecting your wallet, cell-phone, walkman player, and other tempting valuables. Never leave your overcoat/jacket pockets unzipped, and watch your handbag when in downtown. Do not underestimate Moscow pick pockets: they are as cunning as their European peers.


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