The Federal State Educational Budgetary Institution of Higher Education “Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation” (hereinafter referred to as FinU) is one of the oldest Russian universities training economists, financiers, lawyers in financial law, mathematicians, IT specialists, sociologists and political scientists.

Brief historical background

  • Since 2010 – Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation
  • Since 1992 – Finance Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation
  • Since 1991 – State Financial Academy
  • Since 1946 – Moscow Financial Institute
  • 1934 – creation of the Moscow Credit and Economic Institute
  • 1919 – creation of the Moscow Financial and Economic Institute

Among the FinU alumni of different years are Chairman of the Government of the USSR V.S.Pavlov; Ministers of Finance of the USSR, RSFSR and the Russian Federation A.G.Zverev, I.I.Fadeev, I.N.Lazarev, V.E.Orlov; V.G.Panskov, B.G.Fedorov; Chairmen of the State Bank – the Central Bank of Russia N.K.Sokolov, N.V.Garetovsky, V.V.Gerashchenko; Chairman of the Management Board of Gazprombank A.I.Akimov, Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council N.A.Zhuravlev, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Sberbank of the Russian Federation B.I.Zlatkis, Governor, Chairman of the Government of the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug R.V.Kopin, Deputy of the State Duma, member of the United Russia faction, member of the Accounting Commission of the State Duma, Deputy of the State Duma, member of the United Russia faction, businessman M.D.Prokhorov, Deputy of the State Duma, member of the State Duma Committee on Physical Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs D.A.Svishchev, Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation A.G.Siluanov, Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation (from January 2010 to May 2018) A.G.Khloponin, Minister for North Caucasus Affairs (from 2014 to May 2018) L.V.Kuznetsov and others.

FinU started as an institute, an academy specializing in training specialists in the financial and banking sector, to a large scientific and educational complex. Currently, the educational and scientific structure of the FinU includes 9 faculties, which include: 28 educational and scientific departments; 4 scientific institutes; 17 educational and scientific centers; 14 laboratories; 14 departments, 11 of them basic. In addition, there are educational and scientific departments that are not part of the faculties, including: 3 educational and scientific departments; 3 departments; Institute of Online Education; Institute of Abbreviated Programs; Institute of Advanced Training and Professional Training of Employees; 14 research institutes and centers; 2 colleges; lyceum; 5 institutes and 5 higher schools of additional education; Military Training Center.

The branch network has 27 branches, including 12 branches implementing higher education programs; 5 branches implementing higher and secondary vocational education programs; 10 branches implementing secondary vocational education programs, 2 faculties and 55 departments as part of higher education branches.

The total number of students enrolled in basic educational programs at the beginning of the 2021/2022 academic year was 47,245, including 32,648 full-time students, 3,064 full-time students, 11,533 part-time students. According to higher education programs – 33,686 people (bachelor’s degree – 35,242, master’s degree – 4,103), 12,003 students in secondary vocational education programs, 147 students in secondary general education programs.

FinU today is one of the leading universities in the country, implementing 18 bachelor’s degree programs, 19 master’s degree programs, 7 postgraduate programs, 5 specialties of secondary vocational education. In 27 branches, 6 bachelor’s degree programs, 4 master’s degree programs, 8 specialties of secondary vocational education are being implemented. Secondary general education programs are implemented by the Lyceum of the FinU. The University (including branches) also implements 120 professional retraining programs, including MBA programs, 385 advanced training programs.

FinU is steadily expanding its presence in the world and national educational rankings, is in the top 1000 best universities in the world (interval group 801-1000 in the best universities’ ranking in the world QS World University Ranking WUR), ranks 140th in the QS Emerging Europe & Central Asia EECA – ranking of the best universities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

In the subject rankings of the QS agency, FinU also occupies high positions – 365th place in the world and 8th in Russia in the concentration “Social Sciences and Management”, demonstrating excellent results in other concentrations: “Accounting and Finance” – 251st-300th in the world/3rd in Russia, “Economics and Econometrics” – 201st-250th/4th, “Business and Management” – 301st-350th/5th.

FinU is among world’s best universities in terms of its impact on the society sustainable development and involvement in achieving the global sustainable development goals defined by the UN, ranking in the range of 401st-600th in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings (THE) and eighth among Russian universities participating in this study.

FinU consistently holds high positions in other international rankings: in “Three Missions of the University” 501st-550th place among the world’s best universities and 19th place among Russian universities; 2nd place in the IAAR Eurasian University Ranking; is in the top 10 of the ARES ranking of the European Chamber of Science and Industry.

In the universities’ ranking of the SCImago Institutes Rankings research group (Spain), based on scientometric data from Scopus, FinU ranks 663rd in the world and 74th among Russian universities; in the concentration “Economics, Econometrics and Finance” – 122nd in the world/3rd in Russia, “Energy” – 306/9, “Business, Management and Accounting” – 369th/5th, “Arts and Humanities” – 409th/11th, “Mathematics” – 613rd/64th, “Social Sciences” – 652nd/19th.

FinU is also highly evaluated by national educational rankings’ experts. According to the Russian ranking agency RAEX-Analytics, FinU ranks 13th among the 100 best universities in Russia, 3rd in terms of the demand level for alumni by employers, 7th in the ranking of the universities’ influence; 15th in terms of conditions for obtaining a quality education.

In the subject rankings of the ecosystem “Three Missions of the FinU”, FinU is marked in the following concentrations: “Economics” – 4th place, “Management” – 5th place, “Law” – 7th place, “Sociology” – 8th place, “Philology and Journalism” – 13th place, “Mathematics” – 20th place.

FinU is in the top 25 of the National Ranking of universities according to Interfax, ranks 6th among universities providing training in the concentration of “State and Municipal Administration”.

The analytical center “Expert” has marked the FinU among the best universities in 9 subject areas and 2 subject sections at once: “Humanities” (10th-12th), “Management” (11th), “Economics” (14th-16th), "Social Sciences" (16th-18th), "Ecology" (17th-18th), "Mathematics" (26th), “Renewable energy” (29th-31st), “Energy” (30th), “Artificial Intelligence” (30th-31st), “Computer Science” (39th-42nd), “Engineering Sciences” (42nd).

In the ranking of entrepreneurial universities and business schools of the AC “Expert” ranking, FinU ranks 3rd; 4th in the number of startups (59 startups) and 3rd in investment volumes attracted by startups ($191.7 million).

FinU annually ranks among the top five in terms of employers’ demand for university alumni, the level of their salaries, the university influence, the communication effectiveness and entrepreneurial universities’ ranking (according to Forbes magazine, Russia Today, Head Hunter, SuperJob, etc.), FinU is also recognized as the second green university in Russia, which has demonstrated high environmental performance indicators.

The Standard of Education Quality Assurance at the FinU and its branches was approved in 2016 based on standards and recommendations for quality assurance in the ESG.

The policy in ensuring the education quality at the FinU is aimed at creating an attractive environment for applicants; the formation of educational programs of higher, secondary vocational and additional vocational education, taking into account scientific achievements, professional standards and modern trends in the development of the economy and society; updating and introduction of new educational technologies aimed at the formation of self-education skills and ensuring personal self-realization through the support of scientific schools and encouragement of employees’ creative initiative; ensuring the profile demand of alumni in the labor market; integration of educational, research and professional activities at the FinU.

New Educational Technologies

During studying at the FinU, such Bologna system forms and teaching methods are being introduced as: the transition from linear to modular education form; working out the approach principles to the mobile groups’ formation; the creation of the tutors’ institute; lectures by visiting professors and specialists (including foreign ones in English); further development of the ranking system for assessing knowledge students; development of active learning forms (case studies, business and role-playing games, situational tasks, etc.); preparation of electronic textbooks and manuals, electronic disks, multimedia training programs: Educational Enterprise (Accounting), Educational Laboratory of the Department of Financial Management, Educational Insurance Company; Formation of Electronic Libraries at some departments; Computer Testing.

Within the system of training specialists, advanced personnel training, a distance learning system was used based on interactive distance learning technologies.

Based on many years of experience and established traditions, a strategy for the development of students’ language training was developed in the 2018/2019 academic year. Its main goal is to create an English-speaking educational environment that ensures the transition from language teaching to teaching several disciplines in a foreign language in accordance with the priority project “Export Potential Development of the Russian Education System”. This implementation strategy should expand the opportunities for attracting foreign citizens both to study at the FinU and to include them in the faculty.

Olympiads and Career Guidance

In the 2021/2022 academic year, more than 70 Olympiads were held at the FinU. The number of participants in the Olympiads is growing every year. So, if in 2017, within the framework of the Olympiad, “Mission is Possible. Your Vocation is a Financier!” more than 10,000 people took part, then already in 2020/2021 the number of participants increased to 52,500 people. In the 2019/2020 academic year, the Olympiad was included in the List of the Ministry of Education and Science in the profile “History”. In the 2020/2021 academic year, the Olympiad was held for the first time in the English language profile. The Olympiad geography has also expanded: 85 regions of the Russian Federation, neighboring countries – Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine, as well as a number of foreign countries – Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Burundi, Vietnam, China, Mongolia, Serbia, Turkey. New venues have appeared – in addition to 27 university branches and partner universities, the Olympiad is held based on regional centers for identifying talented youth in Arkhangelsk, Kaliningrad, Rostov-on-Don, Stavropol, Syktyvkar, Khabarovsk, Shadrinsk, Yakutsk.

FinU is expanding its partner base and expanding the number of organizations with which it cooperates in organizing and conducting Olympiads and other intellectual tests. Among partner Olympiads:

  • All-Russian Olympiad of Schoolchildren (Social Studies);
  • Moscow School Olympiad (History and Social Studies);
  • Interregional N.D. Kondratiev Economic Olympiad of Schoolchildren;
  • V.I. Vernadsky Interdisciplinary Olympiad of Schoolchildren;
  • NTI Olympiad;
  • All-Russian Olympiad on Financial Literacy, Financial Market and Consumer Protection of Financial Services;
  • International Financial Security Olympiad;
  • The All-Russian Olympiad of Students “I am a Professional” (in the areas of “HR Management” and “Tourism”), as well as annual educational forums within the framework of the Olympiad;
  • All-Russian student competition “Your Move”, etc.

To unlock the potential and develop creative abilities of FinU students, the Student Olympiad Club is successfully functioning. This club includes students who are winners of Olympiads and other intellectual competitions. The number of club members is growing every year. The goal of the club is to develop the Olympiad movement at the FinU. Student Olympiad Club members were given a unique opportunity to study a second foreign language of their choice (French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Italian, German) for free.

The most talented and gifted participants represent the Financial University at major international competitions. The most significant victories were brought by students to the Financial University in the UK, Canada, Belgorod, Sochi.

As part of the work with talented youth for various age categories, FinU conducts a set of career guidance events on an ongoing basis, among which it is worth highlighting: FINrise, Youth Financial League, the Festival “Hope of the Future”, the Forum “Point of Growth”, “University of Dreams”, “University Saturdays”, Festival of Financial Literacy, “It’s Time for Parks”, Alumnus at the State Kremlin Palace, Week of Professional Orientation at Faculties, Excursions to Employers for Schoolchildren.

FinU organizes autumn/winter/spring youth programs in the Lesnoye Ozero Resort, All-Russian Children’s Center Artek, , All-Russian Children’s Center Okean, , All-Russian Children’s Center Orlyonok, , All-Russian Children’s Center Smena, as well as summer youth programs in Russia and abroad (Bulgaria, Italy).

In 2021, based on the FinU, the Center for Assessment and Development of Managerial Competencies was opened in which students can undergo diagnostics of their leadership and managerial skills, developed by the methodologists of the ANO “Russia – Land of Opportunities”. During its operation, the Center has attracted more than 1,700 students. Not only students from Moscow, but also students from other regions of the Russian Federation actively participate in projects and diagnostics of supra-professional skills and competencies.

Library and Information Complex

Currently, the Library and Information Complex of the FinU consists of 10 libraries in Moscow and 27 libraries in regional branches. The structure of the Library and Information Complex also includes 12 coworking zones. The book printing fund is 774,548 units of storage: including scientific, educational literature, literature in foreign languages, dissertations fund, periodicals, fiction fund, a collection of economic rarities. The library and information complex are equipped with technical means: computer equipment (374 computers), printers, MFPs, copiers, scanners, RFID equipment, plasma panels, projectors, devices for charging phones, servers. The local network of the Library and Information Complex of the FinU is integrated into the university-wide computer network. An integral part of the Library and Information Complex of the FinU foundation is a collection of electronic resources that informatively supports the educational process and scientific work of the FinU. To date, the collection unites 90 full-text databases and services with a volume of more than 489 million documents, which are accessed both by FinU IP addresses and online. Resources are available around the clock from any device, not only at the FinU, but also online. The Library and Information Complex of the FinU is represented in Telegram, VKontakte, Yandex.Zen, RuTube.

Scientific Activity

The main objectives of the FinU in the field of scientific activity are:

  • Development of scientific research relevant areas as a basis for the creation of new knowledge, the formation and development of scientific schools and leading scientific and pedagogical teams;
  • Effective use of the finu scientific potential for solving urgent problems in the financial and economic sphere and carrying out socio-economic transformations in russia;
  • Creating conditions for the integration of scientific and educational activities;
  • Ensuring the creation of scientific, educational and methodological products in demand in the educational process of the finu and more;
  • Intellectual property protection of the finu;
  • Students’ active involvement in scientific activities, the formation of their creative approach to solving practical problems of the upcoming professional activity;
  • Improvement of cooperation with scientific, research profile structures of the russian academy of sciences, educational organizations of higher education, potential customers interested in the scientific projects’ implementation (developments) in the finu;
  • International cooperation expansion with educational institutions of higher education and scientific organizations of foreign countries to enter the world system of science and education and conduct joint scientific research;
  • Creation of conditions to ensure the additional budgetary and extra-budgetary funds’ admission to the finu at the expense of scientific research (provision of services) in the scientific field.

The forms of scientific activity are:

  • Research work of scientific and faculty and students on the topics relevant to the finu, which includes conducting scientific research within the framework of budgetary, extra-budgetary funding and grants of various levels, as well as expert and analytical work;
  • Organization and holding of scientific events (conferences, forums, seminars);
  • Creation and functioning of scientific and educational clusters;
  • Preparation of scientific publications;
  • Training of highly qualified scientific and scientific-pedagogical personnel.

According to the university-wide comprehensive research topic “Formation of Conditions for Long-Term Sustainable Development of Russia: Theory and Practice”,studies on 198 subtopics were organized within 6 main directions:

  • Structure harmonization of the economy and its regulation to ensure Russia’s long-term sustainable development;
  • Financial support for the transition to Russia’s advanced development;
  • Scientific support of the Russia’s national security;
  • Socio-political, economic and legal conditions for the development of human potential, society and the state;
  • Development of digital technologies in the economy, society and the state;
  • Conditions for ensuring the sustainable development of the Russia’s national economy in a changing global community.

Based on the results of the conducted research, a collective monograph “Finance of Russia in the Context of Socio-Economic Transformations” was prepared and published in 2021.

Fundamental and applied scientific research carried out within the framework of budget financing on a state assignment, including in the interests of relevant Departments of the Government of the Russian Federation and other Russia’s executive authorities, has been further developed. More than 500 FinU faculty and researchers, as well as more than 150 doctoral students, postgraduates and students were involved in conducting these studies in 2021. The results obtained were accepted by an expert commission from among the FinU leading scientists and specialists, corresponding members of the Russian Academy of Sciences, as well as highly qualified independent experts, the hearing of research works was carried out with the involvement of specialists from the relevant Departments of the Government of the Russian Federation.

According to the scientific research results within the framework of the state task, their high-quality level is noted. In 2021, the number of results obtained in the form of the result of intellectual activity has been significantly increased (more than 38). FinU continues to actively work on the widespread introduction of research results into the educational process, as well as measures are being taken to protect them legally, record them and promote them to the intellectual property market.

Within the framework of extra-budgetary financing, the research works’ implementation, and the services’ provision in the scientific field, including those that received grant support, has been successfully carried out. Legislative and executive authorities, as well as organizations of the banking sector, fuel and energy and defense-industrial complexes have traditionally become the largest customers in the contractual direction.

In the process of carrying out scientific research supported by grants from the Russian Foundation for Basic Research and the Russian Academy of Sciences, including jointly with the subjects of the Russian Federation and foreign scientific foundations, positive results have been achieved in expanding cooperation and strengthening ties both at the national and international levels. A significant role in achieving these results was played by the participation of young scientists under the age of 39.

Based on the FinU in 2021 academic year, 155 scientific events were held with the participation of faculty, corresponding to the main priority areas of scientific research, including 56 international ones, of which the following can be distinguished:

  • I International Scientific and Practical Conference “Linguistics of Distancing: Ways of Existence and Evolution of the Language System in the Era of Civilizational Breakdown”;
  • International Scientific and Practical Conference “Cross-Border Carbon Barriers in the Global Economy”;
  • International Scientific Conference “Russian Economic Journals: New Challenges and Development Drivers”;
  • 3rd International Scientific and Practical Conference “Accounting, Control and Analysis Mechanisms that Ensure the Modern and Future Economy”;
  • II International Scientific and Practical Forum (VII All-Russian Student Conference on Economic Security);
  • II International Scientific and Practical Conference “Operational and Project Management: Strategies and Trends”;
  • XVII International Scientific and Practical Conference “Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics”;
  • III International Scientific and Practical Conference “Modern Mathematics and innovative mathematical education concepts”;
  • International Scientific and Practical Conference of the XXIX Moses Readings "Russia in the XXI century: the Great Patriotic War and historical memory";
  • IV International Scientific and Practical Conference “Accounting as Management Information Support: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow”.

An interesting event in 2021 was the weekly webinars “Wise People Online”. These webinars have become one of FinU special features on the Internet, they aroused great interest among students, faculty and researchers of both the FinU and other educational and scientific institutions. The discussions touched upon topical issues of Russia’s economic development and the world community, as well as topics of a political and social nature. The total number of views of 29 issues of webinars on the Internet exceeded 180,000.

Within the framework of scientific events, cooperation was established with external partners of the FinU: the Political Party “Russian Party of Pensioners for Social Justice”, the Association for the Development of Financial Literacy, the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Russian Federation, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Association of Russian Banks (ARB), the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, the All-Russian Public Organization “Free Economic Society of Russia”, by the All-Russian public organization “Russian Geographical Society”, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, the Federal Agency for Tourism, the Federal Tax Service of Russia, etc.

In 2020/2021, the FinU sent students to participate in more than 200 external scientific events in Russia and neighboring countries. It should be noted that the student participation rate in external scientific events increased by 45%, while the number of wins in external events also increased 1.5 times.

The participation of FinU students in the following scientific events was particularly successful:
  • In April 2021, FinU representatives took part in the IV All-Russian Scientific and Practical conference on the topic “Revenues of Consolidated Budgets of the Subjects of the Russian Federation: Regional Practice and Growth Reserves”, which was held in Simferopol.
  • In October 2021, FinU representatives took part in the Youth Tourism Forum held in Kazan.
  • In November 2021, FinU representatives took part in the Academy of Student Leaders program. The training program from Rosmolodezh was aimed at developing the managerial potential of students of Russian universities. Natalia Gushan, as a FinU representative, based on the results of the presentation of her project idea, was invited by the organizers to participate in the 2nd and 3rd modules of the program, taking place already in 2022.
  • In September 2021, more than 50 students of the Financial University took part in the opening of the new season of the All-Russian Accelerator of Social Initiatives RAISE. A team of 14 representatives of the Financial University was formed to participate in project activities within the framework of the All-Russian Accelerator of Social Initiatives RAISE.
In the 2020/2021 academic year, more than 100 scientific events were held on the territory of the FinU with the involvement of students and postgraduates, including international, interuniversity and university-wide:
  • XII International Scientific Student Congress “Overcoming the Pandemic: Creativity and Solidarity”;
  • X International competition of scientific works of students and postgraduates;
  • XV All-Russian Science Festival NAUKA0+;
  • IV competition of FinU Scientific Student Societies dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Scientific Student Society of the FinU;
  • All-Russian Economic Dictation;
  • Geographical Dictation-2020;
  • VII Annual Interuniversity Ecological Festival “VUZEKOFEST-2021”;
  • Winter Scientific School of students and postgraduates;
  • Summer Scientific School of students and postgraduates;
  • International competition of young scientists’ scientific works “Finance in the Modern World”;
  • III International Scientific Conference “Global Challenges and Prospects of the Modern Economic Development”;
  • International Scientific and Practical Conference “Regions, Go Ahead!”;
  • II Interuniversity Student Scientific and Practical Conference “Turismo, hostelería y restauración en la nueva realidad” (“Tourism, Hotel and Restaurant Business of the New Reality”);
  • VI International Scientific Student Olympiad on the History of Economic Studies.

In the 2020/2021 academic year, the tradition of holding a Winter and Summer Scientific School of students and postgraduates has been preserved, in which more than 700 students took part. The Winter and Summer Scientific School of students and postgraduates included workshops and lectures.

In 2021, more than 30 scientific circles continued to work at the FinU. Scientific classes have a positive effect on the students’ involvement in research work, help to develop analytical and organizational skills, form basic competencies in finance, economics, management, law, sociology and political science, etc. So, more than 800 students participated in the work of the classes in the reporting period.

In 2021, within the framework of projects’ competition for the creation of scientific and educational laboratories, 6 scientific and educational laboratories were created in the structure of faculties/branches of the FinU: robotics, the Internet of Things and embedded systems, digitalization, system research and socio-economic measurements, a scientific and educational laboratory for the study of financial and economic behavior regions’ population, scientific and educational laboratory on the strategy of increasing the competitiveness of universities’ international activities in the global digital educational space, scientific and educational laboratory “Locomotives of Growth”, scientific and educational laboratory “ANAPLAN (Analytical Planning)”.

In October 2021, the second Competition was held to determine the performers of research works among FinU students, according to the results of which 14 students take part in scientific research.

Another popular trend among FinU students is the trend to participate in temporary creative student groups to carry out research work on topics offered by external customers. Temporary creative student teams in 2017/2018 academic year attracted 43 students as part of 8 temporary creative student groups, the indicators of 2018/2019 academic year exceeded them almost three times – 111 students as part of 22 temporary creative student groups, and in 2019/2020 academic year there was a doubling of the previously achieved indicators of 241 students and postgraduates as part of 46 temporary creative student groups, in 2020/2021 academic year 543 students as part of 98 temporary creative student groups. In the 2021/2022 academic year, 1083 students were involved in the work as part of 141 temporary creative student groups.

The works’ customers were state and executive authorities, as well as specialized organizations:
  • Federal Treasury (Treasury of Russia);
  • Department of Economic Policy and Development of the Government of Moscow;
  • Rosatom State Corporation;
  • Association of Payment Services Market Participants “Non-Profit Partnership “National Payment Council”;
  • All-Russian Union of Insurers;
  • Association of Professional Insurance Brokers;
  • Association of Russian Banks;
  • PJSC “Bank Uralsib”;
  • All-Russian Public Organization “Youth Union of Economists and Financiers of the Russian Federation”;
  • LLC Scientific Research Institute of Economics and Management Organization in the Gas Industry “NIIgazeconomika” - PJSC Gazprom;
  • Gazprom Diagnostics JSC;
  • JSC Russian Export Center;
  • JSC Rusal Management;
  • LLC Don Yug Export;
  • LLC Financial and organizational Consulting;
  • Institute of Economics and Transport Development JSC;
  • PJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works.

In June 2021, for the first time, the defense of 6 research papers prepared by international temporary creative student groups in the areas proposed by international partners of the FinU took place. Another 3 projects will be defended in 2022. 46 students took part in the work within the framework of the international temporary creative student groups. In October 2021, work began on 4 new international temporary creative student groups.

Partners of international temporary creative student groups were:
  • Narkhoz University;
  • Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitre (Univerzita Konštantína Filozofa v Nitre);
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute;
  • Karaganda Economic University of Kazpotrebsoyuz;
  • University of Eastern Finland;
  • Russian-Armenian (Slavic) University;
  • Croatian Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature;
  • P.J. Shafarik University in Kosice.

FinU continued its work on the students’ active involvement in the implementation of research: in 2021, 263 students and postgraduates were involved in the research implementation within the framework of state assignments, grants and research projects of Russian and international foundations and organizations.

One of the most successful existing forms of involvement of FinU students in research work is the employment of students and postgraduates in research units as junior researcher, trainee researcher and laboratory assistant researcher in the framework of Fundamental research on the State assignment.

The publication activity of the NPR of the Financial University remains at a high level.

The indicators of publication activity in 2021 increased in comparison with the previous year and amounted to:
  • The total number of published articles in the RSCI was 14,670 or 9.9 per faculty;
  • The cumulative impact factor of the journals in which the articles of the finu authors are published is 3,483.6.

In the general universities’ ranking and research organizations formed by the RSCI, FinU ranks:4th place - by the number of publications over 5 years; 3rd place - by the number of citations; 12th place - by the Hirsch index.

According to the indicator “Comprehensive Score of publication Performance”, approved by the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia, FinU ranks 1st in the direction of “Social Sciences” and overall 5th place (RSCI data).

The Department of Certification of Scientific Personnel (hereinafter referred to as the Department) provides organizational and technical support for the FinU activities for the independent awarding of academic degrees, activities for the preparation of theses in doctoral studies, and coordinates draft conclusions of the FinU on completed thesis, FinU reviews on theses as a leading organization.

In 2021, the Department provided for the activities of the Scientific Attestation Commission and 19 thesis councils of the FinU. 59 theses for academic degrees were defended, including 8 doctoral and 51 PhD theses. Among those who defended themselves in 2021, 5 Doctors of Sciences and 12 PhDs of sciences are FinU faculty (29%). Of the total number of defenses (23 theses for the degree of PhD of Sciences were defended by FinU alumni in 2020 (25% of the 2020 graduation), of which: 21 graduate students defended their theses within a year from the end of graduate school (23% of the 2020 graduation); defended theses for the degree of Doctor of Sciences (5) are prepared in the doctoral program of the FinU.

International Activities

FinU today is a leading scientific and educational center of international level, which is a forge of highly qualified personnel with both hard and soft skills for successful work in Russia and abroad.

The partner network of the FinU includes more than 170 educational and scientific institutions from 65 countries of the world, on the basis of bilateral agreements with which various international programs and projects are implemented. Thus, in cooperation with the world's leading universities, FinU implements more than 30 joint bachelor’s and master’s degree programs leading to obtaining two diplomas. In addition, more than 60 partner universities from more than 25 countries of the world are available to our students as part of the inclusive education program.

At the same time, our university offers various additional education programs for foreign students in the formats of summer and winter schools, implemented, among other things, using online learning technologies. Within the framework of such programs, participants can not only significantly improve their Russian language skills, but also learn about the history, culture and the current level of socio-economic development of our country.

Special attention is paid to improving and controlling the quality of education. Thus, more than 25 educational programs of the Financial University have international accreditation (ECBE, ACCA, ICAEW, IMA), which confirms their compliance not only with national, but also with international standards. In addition, our joint educational programs have been developed in full compliance with the standards of the European Network for Quality Assurance of Education (ENQA), providing the highest level of training for future specialists.

FinU plays an active role in the life of the global educational community, participating in the work of various international organizations and associations. Our university has considerable experience in the successful implementation of joint initiatives with foreign partners within the framework of cooperation with national educational agencies and regular participation in various international programs and projects (for example, in the European Commission's “Erasmus+” program). In addition, FinU traditionally organizes major international scientific events that bring together leading experts in their fields from around the world.

Thousands of foreign alumni from all over the world consider our university their alma mater. Currently, the number of foreign students at the FinU (including its branches) is reaching 2,000 people from about 100 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Due to the development and implementation of a multidimensional system of foreign students’ adaptation, a unique multicultural environment has been created at the University, allowing representatives of different cultures to study comfortably and fully integrate into the student community of the FinU. The trust of our students is the best confirmation of the highest quality of education in our University, which provides all the opportunities for a successful career start and further work for the benefit of the homeland economic development.

Youth Policy and Educational Work

The implementation of youth policy goals and educational work among students is one of the key elements of the FinU education system. It is carried out by the Vice-Rector for Social and Educational Work, structural units supervised, deputy deans for educational work, teachers of residence, teachers, as well as student public organizations. There are many creative, club and sports associations at the University.

The largest public student organization at the FinU is the Student Council, created with the aim of forming an active civic position of students, promoting the their independence development, ability to self-organization and self-development. Every year, the Student Council organizes over 100 leisure, educational, social and sports events and projects, among which the following can be distinguished: the project on the freshmen adaptation to the student and university environment “Coordination”; “Freshman Quest”; trainings aimed at developing self-management skills, for example, “School of Activists” and “School of Activists II”; A large student ball; inter-faculty music competition “In Unison”; city street culture festival “Urban Fest”.

Much attention is paid to supporting talented youth and promoting the development of students’ creative activity. 16 creative groups and studios are successfully working: University Choir, Vocal Ensemble “Finmuse”, Solo Vocal Studio, Folk Song Ensemble, Student Theater “FuNT”, Studio of presenters, Choreographic Studio “Frappé”, Folk Dance Ensemble, Modern Dance Collective “Liberté”, Dance Collective “Lib Crew”, Studio Ballroom dance, Step Forward Dance Club, Ballet Studio, vocal and instrumental ensemble “Atmosphere”, Drumming Ensemble, Inspiration Studio. During their existence, many creative performances have been staged, as well as many awards have been won. In 2021 alone, the titles of Laureates were received in 3 international, 4 All-Russian, 2 city and 2 university festivals and competitions.

The club movement is widely developed – there are 11 different student clubs at the university: the Zebra Chess Club, the Expedition Club, the Literary Club, the Intellectual Games Club, the Case Club, the Debate Club, the Practice-Oriented club “Self-Government beyond Borders”, the Club of Young Financiers, the Search Party “In Memory of the 13th Division of the People’s Militia”, Scandinavian Walking Club, Business English Club. The activity of the clubs is multifaceted and allows you to develop various skills, as well as participate in national and international projects. The Chess club, for example, in 2021 received a grant in the amount of 1,000,000 rubles for the implementation of the All-Russian chess project “Your Move”, in which participants from 25 regions of Russia competed for the title of the best chess player.

Special attention is paid at the FinU to volunteer activities within the framework of the Volunteer Center. Its main task is to organize events of the so-called “event volunteering”, that is, volunteer activities aimed at helping to organize and conducting major significant events at the local, regional, federal and international levels (assistance at conferences, forums, holidays, concerts). In 2021, the organization celebrated its 5th anniversary, during which time more than 5 thousand people were involved in volunteer activities.

Since students from 90 countries study at the FinU, a program of socio-cultural and psychophysical adaptation has been developed and implemented for them. This program is developed based on its own scientific developments with the involvement of world-class specialists, includes 4 main stages and accompanies foreign students throughout their studies at the FinU. Within the framework of this activity, numerous events and projects are implemented annually, among which the following can be distinguished: the “UniFriend” student mentoring program; “Leader-Camp” field training sessions on the development of leadership qualities and skills in conflict resolution; an open lecture hall on Russian history and culture “The Russian Way”, which is complemented by excursion programs; practical courses in Russian to overcome the language barrier; meetings with successful FinU alumni. International students are also provided with migration and visa support, which ensures their security in terms of the violations’ absence of the RF migration legislation.

Social Support for Students

One of the areas of FinU work is social support and care for students and employees. For nonresident and foreign students, accommodation is provided in one of 8 residences of room, block, or apartment type. All residences regularly update and repair the number of rooms and communications, rooms for recreation and sports activities, joint leisure activities are created. Security is provided at the highest level, and the cost of accommodation is subsidized by the FinU administration and does not exceed 2,150 rubles per month.

Meals at the FinU are provided at a high quality level and are able to satisfy the most demanding tastes. In each of the academic buildings, as well as in the FinU residences, there are canteens and cafes where students, teachers and employees can refresh themselves at the lowest possible cost within the framework of a comprehensive nutrition system and continue to gain knowledge or work for the benefit of the national higher school and science.

A separate direction of social support for students is expressed in the construction of a multifaceted system of material support for those in need, as well as excellent students and scientific activities, activists and athletes. To maintain the motivation of students, the FinU provides for the payment of an increased state academic scholarship, the size and criteria of which are set annually jointly with the Student Council, as well as the payment of social, personal and personal scholarships. A separate area of work is advising and accompanying students when applying for grants and scholarships from the President of the Russian Federation, the Government of the Russian Federation, the Government of Moscow and several other federal authorities, Russian and international foundations. The FinU also provides for the possibility of switching from tuition-fee to state-funded basis for those students who show excellent academic results.

For all categories of employees and students, the possibility of preferential accommodation is provided in the educational and recreational complex Lesnoe Ozero Resort, which is located in the Solnechnogorsk district of the Moscow region, 70 km from Moscow on the bank of the Istra reservoir. On 37 hectares of the complex, you can relax, improve your health or take part in scientific, sports, cultural and creative events that are held all year round.

Finally, another area of social support is expressed in the provision of psychological assistance to students and university employees, which is provided by professionals in their field. Psychological Service specialists help to increase efficiency in solving a wide range of problems and life situations. Assistance is free and anonymous and is carried out in the form of individual consultations or in the form of a written answer to a question.

Sports Life

FinU students are actively engaged in sports and take part in numerous sports competitions held by state and public organizations.

Every year, one of the most important activities of the Sports Club is to attract student-athletes, their preparation and organization of participation in the national teams of the FinU in the Moscow Student Sports Games. More than 700 students who represent the FinU in more than 70 sports take part in the competitions. In recent years, the FinU has been taking a leading position in the student sports of Moscow. The result of this work was the bright victories of student national teams in the XXXIII Moscow Student Sports Games and the conquest of the second team place among 54 educational institutions of higher education in Moscow and the Moscow region.

It is worth mentioning the national teams of the FinU in beach soccer (women, men), beach volleyball (men), combat sambo, ultimate frisbee, football (women), swimming, freestyle wrestling, judo, dance sports, aerobics, arm wrestling, athletics, fencing, handball, which take honorary prizes at the Moscow student sports games, thereby strengthening the status and prestige of the FinU as one of the leaders of student sports in Moscow.

The main sporting event at the FinU is the annual Spartakiad, which is held in 25 sports. In 2022, over 1,800 students took part in it. Among other major sporting events, it is worth highlighting the annual spring and autumn running competitions with overcoming obstacles “Race of the Diehards”, and in winter – mass “Winter Games”. During the summer holidays, the Sports Club organizes and conducts training camps for various sports in the Educational and Recreation complex “Lesnoye Ozero Resort” and a sports and recreation camp on the Black Sea coast of the Krasnodar Territory.

Personnel Policy

The FinU personnel policy is aimed at forming a professional, highly qualified, cohesive team that preserves and multiplies the experience and traditions of the FinU and has a high motivation to create a university of the future.

The total number of employees of the FinU is about 6000 people, including 65.7% of Moscow employees and 34.3% of branch employees.

Among the faculty with academic degrees - more than 78% and more than 48% have academic titles:
  • 17.3% – Doctors of Sciences,
  • 60.7% – PhDs of Sciences,
  • 9.5% are professors,
  • 38.9% are associate professors and senior lecturers.
The staff of the University works:
  • 15 Honored Scientists of the Russian Federation,
  • 22 Honored Workers of the Higher School of the Russian Federation,
  • 14 Honored Economists of the Russian Federation,
  • 6 Honored Lawyers of the Russian Federation,
  • 3 Honored Teachers of the Russian Federation (RSFSR)
  • Honored Employee of the Internal Affairs Bodies of the Russian Federation
  • Academician of the Russian Academy of Education
  • Corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The average age of the teaching staff is 48.4 years.

The main goal of the personnel policy is the formation of a responsible, professional, motivated team capable of fully realizing the strategic goals of the FinU aimed at improving the quality of the educational process and scientific activity.

One of the priority tasks of the personnel policy is the organization of a system of continuous additional professional education: annually more than 50% of full-time employees of the FinU are trained according to 286 additional programs of the Institute for Advanced Training of Professional Retraining of Employees.

Large-scale educational events are held annually: the Winter School of Pedagogical Excellence and the Summer School of Professional Excellence, in which more than 8,500 employees of the FinU and other universities take part online and offline.

To develop the FinU as a self-learning organization and the fullest disclosure of the professional and managerial employees’ potential, Adaptation, Mentoring and Personnel Reserve programs are being implemented at the FinU - since 2017, 31% of reservists have been appointed to higher positions.

To encourage the achievements of FinU employees, its own system of awards has been developed: the medal “For Services to the Financial University”, the Gold and Silver badge “Honorary Employee of the Financial University”, etc. the competition “Laureate of the Rector of the Financial University” is held annually. In addition, HR employees accompany the process of receiving state awards, awards of the President of the Russian Federation, government and departmental awards of the Russian Federation.

FinU as an employer and staff act as social partners sharing the mission and goals of the University.

FinU has a package of social and corporate benefits for employees, it is planned to introduce a program of age equality and corporate responsibility.