Plekhanov Russian University of Economics
|Plekhanov Russian University of Economics|
|Российский экономический университет им. Г.В. Плеханова|
|Motto||To serve Russia|
Plekhanov Russian University of Economics (Russian: Российский экономический университет им. Г. В. Плеханова) is a public university located in Moscow, Russia. The university is one of the largest Russian economic institutes of higher education and a member of several international university bodies, such as the European University Association and the European Foundation for Management Development.
RUE changed its name more than once: Moscow Institute of Commerce (1907–1919); Karl Marx Moscow Institute of the National Economy (1919–1924); Plekhanov Moscow Institute of the National Economy (1924–1991); the Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics (1992–2010); Plekhanov Russian University of Economics (2010 to present).
It has 14 departments and over 13,000 students (including branches in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and Ulan-Bator, Mongolia). The university was one of the first in Russia to join the reforms of the doctoral and master's education within the Bologna process.
The Moscow Institute of Commerce was founded in 1907 on private donations of merchants, bankers and manufacturers, gathered by initiative of the Moscow merchant Aleksey Semyonovich Vishnyakov. It was essentially the first institute in Russia which prepared qualified businessmen for rapidly developing branches of industry. Prior to the revolution of 1917 about 2000 specialists were graduated from the institute. In 1924 it was renamed for Marxist thinker Georgy Plekhanov. In the 1960s the Institute was merged with the Moscow Governmental Economic Institute and became one of the major centers of scientific education in the country. After 1991 the institute obtained its current name. Recent years were marked with rising international cooperation, such as the foundation of the Africa Business House. Now the university deals with more than 80 partners in 52 countries. Among its graduates, there are many prominent politicians and businessmen, such as Soviet statesman Mikhail Suslov, liberal democrat Grigory Yavlinsky, and faculty member Ruslan Khasbulatov, former Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Russian SFSR and later Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Russian Federation (1991–1993).
The university offers a multi-facet two-level system of economic and business education. The first level—a four-year full-time Bachelor Degree Programme at the General Economics Department—primarily aims at conveying a broad knowledge of fundamentals of economics and business studies. Graduates are awarded a Bachelor Degree with qualification of the Economist.
It may be completed at one of the university departments:
The second level—a two-year full-time Master Degree Programme—will gain students professional skills focusing more closely on their chosen field. The department in charge of the Masters is the Magistratura.
Department of Marketing 
The Department of Marketing at Plekhanov Russian University of Economics is the first educational institution in Russia which provided professional education in marketing to its students. Nowadays the Department of Marketing comprises three chairs: chair of Marketing Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, chair of logistics Plekhanov Russian University of Economics and the chair of advertising Plekhanov Russian University of Economics.
The chair of Marketing Plekhanov Russian University of Economics is regarded as a main chair within the structure of the Department of Marketing.
Chair of Marketing 
The first chair of Marketing was founded in 1990 at Plekhanov Russian University of Economics (formerly Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics). It was the first chair of Marketing founded in the USSR and Prof. Boris Soloviev, Doctor of Science (Marketing), Honoured Science Worker became Head of it. Currently the chair of Marketing Plekhanov Russian University of Economics is a main chair within the structure of the Department of Marketing and provides education in marketing in accordance with the major educational programs aimed at Bachelors and Masters within educational programs in Management and concentration in Marketing. The chair of Marketing Plekhanov Russian University of Economics conducts various research in the field of marketing. The directions of the research are the following: 1. Consumer behavior; 2. Marketing of innovative products/services; 3. Regional marketing/marketing of regions; 4. Marketing of small-and-medium-size enterprises( Marketing SME); 5. Electronic and Internet marketing and social media. The faculty members of the chair accounts for 36 members, 9 of whom are professors, Doctors of Economics (marketing), 22 have PhD degree (marketing). Professor Irina I. Skorobogatykh who is Doctor of Science (Marketing) has become Head of the Chair of Marketing Department of Marketing since February 2011.
International Business School (IBS) was established as a division of the university in 2001, as a result of reorganization of International Educational Programmes Centre.
Plekhanov University started international student exchange programmes in the mid-eighties, and thus became the first institution of higher education in Moscow to offer a programme with instruction in English, in 1992, as part of IBS-Plekhanov project.
The project resulted from the cooperation with several Dutch universities (Hanzehogeschool van Groningen, Arnhem Business School, Haagsehogeschool), which started with the exchange of students and developing the Double Degree Programme with focus on International marketing, Management and Finance. The first 20 students were enrolled in 1993, and in 1997, the Double Degree (Russian and Dutch) was conferred to 19 students, who successfully completed the course of study.
At present about 350 Russian and international students study at IBS. Every year more than 100 students go abroad to continue their education with one of the foreign partners of REA.
Plekhanov University and the Italian Economic and Research Society, NOMISMA founded Moscow International Higher Business School MIRBIS in 1988. The school is based on the inter-government agreement between Russia and Italy to create one of the first business schools in the Soviet Union. The School provides a full range of business education, research, consulting services and partnership links with organisations in private and state sectors in areas including accounting, finance, banking, marketing, economic development, human resource management, law, management and foreign languages.
Since the establishment of Moscow International Higher Business School MIRBIS in 1988 over 18 thousand students graduated from executive and management development courses, BA, MA and MBA degree programmes and professional training courses offered by MIRBIS.
In 2004, the school became the first private business school in Russia that was accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA). AMBA extended international accreditation to all MIRBIS MBA programmes, which is a policy applied by AMBA in all school accreditations. Since 2006, MIRBIS has been the only business school which has international accreditations for all its academic programmes – on top of the MBA, its Bachelor degree courses are accredited by the EFMD EPAS, and Master degrees have the accreditation of AMBA for MBM programs.
Plekhanov University also cofounded Sinerghia Economics and Finance Institute, IEF Sinerghia  in 1988. IEF Sinerghia is one of the first Russian private educational institutions along with MIRBIS. Sinerghia received international professional accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA) in May 2006, which reaccredited Sinerghia's MBA programmes up to 2011. The Institute also has a Certificate of state accreditation No. 1028 of 4 July 2003 issued by the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation.
Institute positions itself as a Russian business school with full cycle of continuous education (Bachelor - Specialist - Master - MBA - Post-graduate course - training and up-grading - consulting) by means of unique programmes which combine the variety, richness and complexity of domestic and international realities.
A business school also offers joint educational programmes with leading international business schools – Business School of Durham University, Newcastle University (UK), Polimoda s.r.l. (Italy) etc.
According to the latest ranking of Russian universities based on the average score of the Unified State Examination Plekhanov University is among top 30 overall (out of 475 higher institution) and among top 10 institutions specialising in social sciences.
Plekhanov University unites 10 departments, three faculties, eight affiliates and regional educational centres.. Two hundred seventy-eight professionals completed their PhD courses and 102 academics finalised their doctorate studies. In 1994 federal and regional research projects were started in " Peoples of Russia: Revival and Development", " Universities of Russia" "Preserving and Developing the Intellectual Potential of Russian Higher Education".
Of special interest is the establishment and accreditation of two laboratories dedicated to commodity expertise—in foodstuffs and microbiology. These laboratories were the basis for a Certification and Expertise Centre licensed in 1995.
During the last five years 33 books were published by Plekhanov faculty members, as well as 58 collections of articles, 279 textbooks, and 1224 articles. Two hundred seventy-eight dissertations were presented in the same period.
Plehanov University collaborates with many universities from all over the world. It has established double degree programs primarily through its International Business School, IBS.
The university occupies five buildings on one campus in the south of Moscow. Students can participate in practical placements in the restaurant, stock-exchange and risk analysis laboratory, all of which are specialised departments. The campus is near the Moscow Metro station Serpukhovskaya, at the southern part of the city centre.
University alumni are employed in different spheres of Russian and world economy and politics. Its graduates include:
- Tatyana Golikova, the Minister of Health and Social Development
- Gregory Yavlinsky, leader of the political party Yabloko
- Tatiana Paramonova, former head of the Russian Central Bank
- Mikhail Zadornov, former Russian finance minister
- Alexander Livshitz, former Russian finance minister
- Valery Zubov, Senior MP in the State Duma
- Oleg Deripaska, billionaire
- Andrey Melnichenko, billionaire
- Vladimir Bogdanov, billionaire
- Olga Dergunova, president of Microsoft in Russia and the CIS
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- List of institutions accredited by AMBA: http://www.mbaworld.com/guidetomba/searchbschoolmbaprogrammes