Greetings from the rector

The State University of Land Use Planning is one of the oldest higher educational establishments of Russia; in May 2014 we celebrated its two hundred and thirty-fifth anniversary.

The University was founded in 1779 with the sole purpose of educating personnel in the maintenance of land reform in Russia, large-scale on land surveying along the grounds and the organization of their rational use. It was during this period that it was realized that the correct utilization of land would have far-reaching political, social, and economic implications for the formation of the territory of the Russian state both in securing borders and in the establishment of property rights.

Historical traditions and today's vigorous activity allowed our university to have deservedly the status as the main educational, methodological and scientific center of land use planning and cadastre in Russia. As a result of long-term work our university has established what we call our "University complex", which includes 26 education, research and production institutions. This has allowed us to organize the educational process with the latest scientific and technological achievements and to successfully incorporate them into the educational process using the latest methods.

The university is the coordinator of activities for 94 higher education institutions of Russia and other foreign countries entering as permanent and associative members of the Educational Methodological Association of Higher Education Institutions in the areas of land use planning and cadastre.

Our university is recognized higher education institution as in Russia, and abroad. The versatile and serious work of university has afforded us the ability to establish and maintain professional working with other universities from many countries around the world. The university carries out long-term international activity with large training and scientific centers of Europe, Asia, America and all CIS countries. Our partners are such known universities as MTU (USA), CAU (China), LMU (Great Britain), INSA Strasbourg (France), HSA (Germany), Palermo University (Italy), UAS (Mexico) and many others. We are actively participating in many unique and interesting projects with these universities. "Napoleon`s Medal" (2003, France), "European Grand Prix for Quality" (2012, Switzerland) and other prestigious international awards encourage us to reflect seriously over our role and situation in educational process in the third millennium.

The world community requires spiritual solidarity so that local conflicts do not become global. Land, and the care thereof, is a means of communication between states and nations, social layers and sections of the population around which it is possible to create constructive dialogue and plans for the future. This dialogue has been called upon to enhance feelings of the students, responsibility and patriotism for one’s native country and for the planet and all its inhabitants. With this in mind we have begun to work actively with the UNESCO, FAO, FIG and other international organizations. We hope that our co-operation will be fruitful.

The educational process and the training of future specialists is being developed. A lot of attention is being directed to modern global problems and a special place has been allocated to the issue of sustainable growth of land efficiency. Our university has been careful in maintaining its high national tradition by producing not only professional and highly qualified graduates but sincere servants of the Russian state; patriots who consider their profession to be a spiritual calling ever reminding them of their responsibilities before the future.

Sergey N. Volkov,

Honor Scientist of the Russian Federation,

MOAU Academician, Member of RAAS, Professor, D.E.