European Studies Institute

The ESI offers students an Interdisciplinary Master’s degree in “Complex Researches of Integration Processes” which can be completed in three fields of specializations – 40.04.01 Law, 41.04.01 International relations, 38.04.01 Economics.

Responding the actual challenges the ESI aims to promote training and retraining of government officials and post-graduate students to equip with a better knowledge and understanding of the Eurasian Economic Union for the benefit of further cooperation. The ESI employs professors and experts for lecturing from international and integration organizations, such as the EEU, the UN and others which serves as an example of successful collaboration between the international and Russian systems of higher education.

Given practical requirements of Russian Ministries and requests of business bodies the ESI has organized more than 40 short-term courses on anti-corruption initiatives, mechanisms of human rights protection, cooperation of Russia with international and integration organizations. More than 4000 government employees, scientists, businessmen and academic staff have received Certificates of advanced training.

Since 2009, the European Studies Institute at MGIMO has been implementing an additional Master's programme “International Protection of Human Rights” within the framework of the Consortium of Russian Universities. The programme is unique as it is interdisciplinary and provided by nine leading Russian partner universities of the Consortium. Upon graduation, students are awarded a Master's degree, confirmed by a diploma from the relevant partner university and a Consortium certificate signed by the Director of the Field Operations Division of the UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner and the rectors of the Consortium's partner universities.

Since 2021, the training "Global Security" has been introduced in the Master's program in the "International Relations" specialization, created as part of the implementation of the Research program "Man and countering threats of global destabilization" in the framework of research "Human capital and security in the global world". The training is aimed at preparing specialists to work in the fields of foreign, domestic and defense policy, who have knowledge in the field of international security in its various aspects (military, political, economic, environmental, informational, humanitarian, etc.), arms control and nuclear policy, countering terrorism. The program is being implemented within the framework of a grant provided by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation (Grant Agreement No. 075-15-2020-930 dated 16.11.2020).

Within the MGIMO Alumni Association there has been created and successfully carries out its work the Association of the ESI Alumni.

The ESI activities within the project have high rating among the civil servants of the Russian Federation and academic society and are internationally recognized.

Over sixteen years of its operation the ESI has organized multiple international scientific conferences and expert meetings aimed to expand the partners network and exchange scientific experience. These more than 40 international conferences and expert meetings were held both independently and in partnership with Russian Ministries and Agencies.

Last update — April 2022