NUST MISIS today is a dynamic scientific and educational centre attracting the best graduates, scientists and lecturers. The University specifically focuses on integrating science, education and innovations, as well as establishing a creative environment for unlocking the potential of every student.

By 2020, NUST MISIS intends to strengthen its leadership positions in a number of areas, including material sciences, metallurgy and mining, as well as strongly strengthen its presence in bio materials, nano- and IT-technologies.

In 2013, the University became the winner in the Project 5-100 (a program for boosting competitiveness of Russian universities), which kick started the University modernization, which involves drastic changes into the scientific, research, educational and extracurricular activities.

The University has over 30 world-class scientific labs and 3 engineering centres, which employ the most prominent scientists of Russia and of the world. NUST MISIS successfully carries out joint projects with the largest Russian and foreign high-tech companies.

The University participates in four large-scale science projects of the MegaScience level: Horizon 2020, MoEDAL, LCHb, and SHiP. NUST MISIS tops the list of Project 5-100 universities in terms of the number of engineering and materials science publications in the first quartile journals, according to SNIP.

In 2017, NUST MISIS has once again strengthened its positions in the international educational ratings, having taken a 601+ notch in THE World University Rankings, and 501–550 notches in the QS World University Rankings. Moreover, 2017 has been the first year for the University to appear on the subject-matter ratings, such as THE, QS and ARWU — simultaneously in six areas, having taken the world’s 31 notch in the QS World University Rankings by the Subject of “Engineering — Mineral&Mining”; besides, it joined the TOP-100 in the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects by the Subject “Metallurgical Engineering”.

With its current Occupational Navigation Programme for attracting talented graduates and students from all over Russia, near- and far-abroad countries, NUST MISIS has rolled out the most successful enrolment campaign, which made it the 4th best technical university in Russia in terms of enrolment quality. Students’ extra-curricular activities in various fields were marked with high state awards.

Together with its business partners and leading universities, NUST MISIS is working on multiple joint educational programmes. In 2015, NUST MISIS and seven other leading universities of Russia founded the National Open Education Platform.

The University comprises nine institutions, four branches — three in Russia and one abroad, and one representation office. NUST MISIS has over 17 000 students.

History of NUST MISIS

The history of the National University of Science and Technology MISIS dates back to over a century ago, when in 1918 the Moscow Mining Academy was founded, with the metallurgy department being a part of it. The University was gradually expanding, and already by 1921 the departments were transformed into universities; in 1930 it was divided into six independent institutions.

As of today, three of them — Steel Institute, Base Metal Institute and Mining Institute — merged into one educational establishment, the National University of Science and Technology NUST MISIS.

Many of the University’s graduates are the legends of the Soviet manufacturing industry, the so-called “steel People’s Commissars”. Thus, the USSR steel industry was long headed by Ivan Tevosyan, and the base metal industry was headed by Petr Lomako, who was entered into the Guinness World Records for the longest years on ministerial positions. The Nuclear Project of the Soviet Union was being taken to success by Avraami Zavenyagin, MISIS First Rector, Efim Slavsky and Vasili Emelyanov. Mikhail Pavlov, Academician and Head of the Base Metal Department of MISIS, participated in 1920-1930s in the designing of all of the country’s large metallurgical plants, blast furnaces and steel-making vessels.

During the WWII, MISIS was pursuing a tough strategic goal — preparing high-quality professionals, whom the country lacked badly. Despite all challenges, including the need to basically recruit the entire academic staff from scratch, the university did cope with the task, and started to prepare metallurgical specialists. It was its commitment that took MISIS to its first award on 23 February 1944, the Order of the Red Banner of Labour.

After the end of the war, the approach to training specialists changed drastically. While MISIS would first focus on preparing specialists for plants, it rather shifted towards science in the post-war period.

In 1948, the University opened its Physics and Chemistry Department, which was preparing the well-known ‘secret physicists’ for research organizations, nuclear and military industries. In 1962, the Semiconductor Materials and Devices Department was opened, after which the university changed its name into Moscow Steel and Alloy Institute.

In 1960-1980s, the country got extremely interested in exact and natural sciences. By that time, MISIS had its scientific school finalized, which is still one of the best schools in the country, and is competitive both nation-wide and around the globe.

NUST MISIS scientists have been acknowledged around the world, and pose decent competition to the professors and lecturers of the world’s largest scientific centres. Thus, the Theoretical Physics Department was headed in 1976–1991 by Aleksei Abrikosov, who received in 2003 the Nobel prize in Physics for “the ground-laying work in the theory of superconductor materials and superfluid liquids”, with most of his research projects conducted at the University. Even today NUST MISIS has many scientists of global renown.

In 2000 the Moscow State Institute of Steel And Alloys become the laureate of the Russian Government Prize for the quality of education.

On 7 October 2008, MISIS became the first Russian university to be granted with the status of the National Research Technological University by the order of Dmitry Medvedev, the President of the Russian Federation.


The merger was completed of NUST MISIS and Moscow Mining University. As of today, the National Research Technological University MISIS comprises three Russian and one foreign branches, and nine institutions around Moscow.

For the first time ever, NUST MISIS appeared on the QS World University Ranking. In the QS: BRICS the University got to the TOP-100 list of the best universities.

The International Scientific Advisory Council started to operate at NUST MISIS, which comprises representatives of the world’s scientific elite from the best universities: Cambridge, Stanford, Technion, and other scientific centres.


NUST MISIS has entered THE World University Rankings (group 601–800), and improved its positions by climbing 50 notches up on the QS World University Ranking. It also made the largest gain amongst Russian universities by having moved 9 notches up on the QS:BRICS rating.

The only one of the Russian universities, NUST MISIS became the member of the new Times Higher Education: World’s Best Small Universities Ranking, having taken the 19th position.

The young scientists from NUST MISIS were nominated to the Russian Government Award in the area of science and technology for young scientists for the development of technologies for producing fibrous magnetic materials for innovative fabrics to comprehensively protect human beings against external impacts.


NUST MISIS was the best performing university amongst Russian educational establishments on the international and regional QS ratings: in climbed 100 notches up in the QS World University Ranking, from 89th to 87th position in the QS Ranking: BRICS, and from 75th to 63d in the ranking of developing countries of Europe and Central Asia.

In the QS Graduate Employability Rankings NUST MISIS become one of the top-7 global universities that scored the maximum of 100 points against the criterion “Organisation of Interaction Between Employers and Students”.

NUST MISIS and the Russian Quantum Centre established a scientific collaboration NUST MISIS Quantum Centre which included about 10 research labs and centres. Given its joined potential, NUST MISIS Quantum Centre challenges the world’s best research centres specialising in this area.

The University participated in the Search for Hidden Particles experiment at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN, Geneva).

The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2016 by Thomson Reuters included two NUST MISIS researchers, Professor Sergey Morozov, Chief of the Laboratory for Functional Low-Dimension Structures, and Professor Dmitry Golberg, Chief of the Laboratory for Inorganic Nanomaterials.

The young scientists of NUST MISIS received the Russian Government Award in the area of science and technologies for developing a unique laser complex for controlled thermonuclear fusion, and the Moscow Government Awards for the development of import-substitution technologies for producing moulded pieces of titanium alloys for the Russian aircraft industry.


NUST MISIS entered into an agreement with the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) on the format of work within the SHiP experiment. The University signed two memorandums on cultural and research cooperation with other participants of the SHiP experiment: the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), and the University of Naples Federico II (UNINA).

The University opened the High-End Prototyping Centre Kinetics, which is Russia’s unique high-tech digital lab enabling the full cycle of innovative development.

NUST MISIS and UC Rusal established the Institute of Lightweight Materials & Technologies, which is Russia’s first R&D platform for developing state-of-the-art technologies.

Vnesheconombank and NUST MISIS established the Centre of Competencies for New Materials and Breakthrough Technologies which primarily focuses on blockchain, convergent and quantum technologies. This is the world’s first centre for these competencies, with its key consumers being Russian state companies and authorities.

The young scientists of NUST MISIS were awarded for the development of betavoltaic converters for self-contained power supply necessary for exploring the space and the Arctic Regions.