Moscow State Institute Of International Relations
Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University) (Russian: Московский государственный институт международных отношений (Университет) МИД России, often abbreviated МГИМО, MGIMO) is the diplomatic school of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. It is the oldest and the most renowned school in Russia for preparing professionals in international relations and diplomacy. MGIMO is one of the members of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs. 56 languages are taught at MGIMO, making it the university with the largest languages course selection in the world.
MGIMO used to have a reputation for being elitist (for example, it is usually considered common knowledge in post-USSR countries that, at least during the USSR times, admission to MGIMO was mostly reserved to children of the Party and government nomenklatura). Many of its current students are from families of political, economic and intellectual elites in Russia. At the same time, it remains one of Russia's best educational institutions as it admits a lot of talented students from all over the CIS and holds high ranks in terms of alumni success and average level of standard test results of admitted students. It is also known for having one of the best teaching teams in Europe. Many of the current professors of MGIMO were ambassadors or ministers.
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