One of the oldest Russian institutions of higher education, Moscow University was established in 1755. In 1940, it was named after Academician Mikhail Lomonosov (1711-1765), an outstanding Russian scientist, who greatly contributed to the establishment of the university in Moscow.
Lomonosov Moscow State University is the top Russian university according to the most influential academic rankings. Is was ranked 50th by Times Top Universities by Reputation (2013), 3rd by QS University Ranking among BRICS countries (2013) and 226-250th by Times World University Rankings for 2013-2014.
More than 40,000 students (graduate and postgraduate) and about 7,000 undergraduates study at the university, and over 5000 specialists do the refresher course here. More than 6,000 professors and lecturers, and about 5,000 researchers work for the faculties and research institutes.
Every year Moscow University enrolls about 4,000 international students and postgraduates from all over the world.
Moscow University campus is an extremely complex system, with its 1,000,000 m2 floor area in 1,000 buildings and structures, with its 8 dormitories housing over 12,000 students and 300 km of utility lines.
MSU library system is one of the largest in Russia, with its 9,000,000 books, 2,000,000 of them in foreign languages, and the average number of readers 55,000, using 5,500,000 books a year.