Alumni and Donors

MGIMO alumni have become national business, diplomatic and legal leaders in many countries, with several becoming Foreign Ministers, heads of government, and even Presidents.

Current MGIMO Projects 2020 to be supported by the Trustees, Alumni, and Partners

Endowment and MGIMO Alumni Association Report 2019 and New Projects for 2020

MGIMO Alumni Association

+7 495 225-40-49
76, Prospect Vernadskogo Moscow, Russia, 119454, Cab 3170


The Alumni Association of MGIMO was founded in 1991 to support and strengthen friendly ties between its graduates, help them to keep in contact with the University, maintain the best traditions forged since its foundation and high level of knowledge it provides. Today, the Association comprises several thousand graduates of several generations including diplomats and public officials, politicians, and civil activists, professionals of various cultural and sport institutions, businessmen and young experts. MGIMO alumni contribute to successful development of their Alma Mater. The number of graduates taking effective part in the University’s life increases from year to year. Since 2008, the Association has been led by A.A.Bessmertnykh, former Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs. In recent years, the Association was not only concentrated on its core activities such as arrangement of reunions (meetings on graduation anniversary dates), general University’s festivals, business appointments, farewell parties, and preparation of annual graduates catalogue, but extended its activities to include cultural events (such as graduates’ Arts Exhibition). The Association holds more than 30 corporate, business and cultural events every year. All these efforts of the Association prevent MGIMO alumni from losing touch with the University. Association’s staff traces all important and memorable events in their lives, sends greetings on their birthdays and new appointments, arrange meetings as part of the project “History of Success”. Club “Pervenets” (Firsts) presided by R.A.Sergeyev, Ambassador, consolidates alumni of the MGIMO’s initial admittance. Clubs of foreign graduates which the Association maintains permanent contacts with should MGIMO University be mentioned specifically. They undertake active work, initiate conferences and charitable events. The Association has representation in Azerbaijan, Armenia, UK, Germany, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Mongolia, Poland, North America, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Switzerland. The Association sponsors International Career Days in March and November, training and master classes, presentations, case-studies from leading national and foreign companies, and thus facilitates employment of University’s graduates. Future graduates represent another strong focus of the Association’s efforts. It actively engages students in various initiatives and general University’s events such as Miss MGIMO, Freshmen’s Day, and numerous sport events and competitions.

Among MGIMO graduates – presidents, foreign ministers, prime ministers, ambassadors of Russia and foreign countries.

MGIMO Endowment Fund

+7 495 229-41-37
76, Prospect Vernadskogo Moscow, Russia, 119454


The MGIMO endowment, established in 2007, is the oldest and the largest university fund in Russia. The objectives of the Fund are to accumulate funding for MGIMO’s long-term development and to provide project financing according to the current priorities of the University.

The foundation meeting of the Endowment was held on March 28, 2007, followed by the official registration on August 24, 2007. The Board of Trustees includes Anatoly Torkunov (chairman) and graduates of MGIMO who formed the initial capital of the Endowment: Vladimir Potanin, Alisher Usmanov and Patokh Chodiev.

Endowment's partners are MGIMO alumni and companies interested in cooperation with the University, including such large foreign companies as IKEA, Corteva Agriscience, Ferring Farmaceuticals, Rietumu Banka and others.

Today, the amount of the Endowment fund is 1 billion 700 million rubles. Each year, the MGIMO Endowment serves as the University's basic source of funding, becoming a noticeable and reliable source of support for MGIMO. From 2008–2019, 863 million roubles were transferred from the Fund to the University. Capital gains have been reached as a result of a non-stop dialogue with the management companies, as well as because of the review of the portfolio and the investment strategy, which depends on the market.

Along with adding to the endowment, the MGIMO Development Fund is a “growth point” for the University’s ongoing projects, attracting money for projects that require immediate funding. Over the years, the amount of money raised for projects and activities exceeded 1 bln roubles.

As one of the priorities, the Endowment supports the MGIMO internationalization programme: invitation of foreign professors, internships of students and professors abroad, participation in international forums, conferences and contests, publishing books and journals in English. The Endowment participates in the organization of international MGIMO alumni forums, meetings of MGIMO graduates and partners abroad, international events, including the Russian-French Trianon dialogue, and contributes to establishing business contacts.

The Endowment’s funds are managed by “Gazprombank Asset Management” and “VTB Capital”. The average annual investment return is 10%.

The Endowment has become an effective link between the University and the business community. In return, sponsors and partners receive informational support, positioning at events, advertising among MGIMO alumni and partners, target training of students as future employees for the company, further training at the MGIMO School of Business and International Proficiency programmes, and conducting joint research.

The endowment undergoes an annual audit.

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