Though MGIMO was established 75 years ago as the leading University for developing the Diplomatic and Political elite in CIS countries, the Odintsovo Campus opened its doors for students in 2016. The implementation of forward-thinking design with student and staff necessity in mind, excellent facilities and modern equipment make MGIMO-Odintsovo the new face of the Legacy.
In Russian Academic culture academia and athleticism are seen as complimentary processes in the educational environment. MGIMO-Odintsovo has state-of-the-art sports facilities, accessible to students year round to ensure their good health, mentally and physically. These include several specialized gyms, a large pool with saunas, and acrobatic / martial arts facilities.
City life has its perks. But suburban regions have the added benefit of better ecology and more open space. MGIMO-Odintsovo is located in one of the most ecologically friendly and prestigious cities of the Moscow region, right next to a massive natural park, which MGIMO Students and Odintosovo residents regularly visit for a breath of fresh air and a break from the day-to-day.
Besides being tasked with continuing MGIMO's long standing tradition of exemplary higher education in the humanitarian fields, the Odintsovo Campus has also taken the lead in international projects and cooperation, working with international partners such as Universities, Research Institutes and Think-Tanks, and holding international conferences and conventions.