Moscow State University

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M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU; Russian: Московский государственный университет имени М. В. Ломоносова, romanized: Moskovskiy gosudarstvennyy universitet imeni M. V. Lomonosova) is a public research university in Moscow, Russia, and the most prestigious university in the country.[2][3][4]

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M. V. Lomonosov
Moscow State University
Московский государственный университет имени М. В. Ломоносова
Coat of Arms
Latin: Universitas Moscuensis
Наука есть ясное познание истины, просвещение разума
Motto in English
Science is clear knowledge of the truth, enlightenment of the mind
Scientia est clara cognitio veritatis, illustratio mentis (Latin)
TypePublic research university
Established23 January 1755; 268 years ago (1755-01-23)
RectorViktor Sadovnichiy
Academic staff
Colours  Blue
AffiliationsAssociation of Professional Schools of International Affairs (cancelled in 2022)
Institutional Network of the Universities from the Capitals of Europe (suspended in 2022)
International Forum of Public Universities
Building details
Главное здание МГУ (ГЗ МГУ)
Moscow State University is located in Moscow
Moscow State University
Location within Moscow
General information
LocationMoscow, Russia
Coordinates55.7039°N 37.5286°E / 55.7039; 37.5286
Architectural240 m (787 ft)
Top floor214 m (702 ft)[1]
Technical details
Floor count42
Floor area1,000,000 m2 (10,763,910.417 sq ft)

The university includes 15 research institutes, 43 faculties, more than 300 departments, and six branches (including five foreign ones in the Commonwealth of Independent States countries). Alumni of the university include past leaders of the Soviet Union and other governments. As of 2019, 13 Nobel laureates, six Fields Medal winners, and one Turing Award winner had been affiliated with the university.

The university was ranked 18th by The Three University Missions Ranking in 2022, and 76th by the QS World University Rankings in 2022, #293 in the world by the global Times Higher World University Rankings, and #326 by U.S. News & World Report in 2022.[5] It was the highest-ranking Russian educational institution by QS in 2020,[6] and according to the Nature Index in 2019 the highest ranked Russian university for research output.[7] Moscow State University is generally accepted as the leading higher educational institution in the former Soviet Union.[8]