The State Institution of Higher Professional Education “Belarusian-Russian University” is an interstate institution of higher education of the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation.
Mogilev Machine Building Institute (MMI) was founded on September 1, 1961 in accordance with Regulation No 714 of the BSSR Council of Ministers, dated August 10, 1961, and Regulation No 504 of the BSSR Council of Minister, dated August 22, 1961.
Under the leadership of the first rector A.A. Borisov the first two faculties were opened - the Mechanical Faculty and the Machine Building faculty. In 1970, the Transport and Technological Faculties were founded by MMI rector S.M. Belov, and later the Electromechanical Faculty was established. In 1973, Mogilev Technological Institute was founded on the basis of the Technological Faculty. From 1975 to 1987 MMI was headed by V.I. Kholzakov. During that time the Institute was awarded the Diploma of the Supreme Soviet of the BSSR twice: in 1975 and 1979. At that time the Automobile and Tractor Faculty was formed. The Institute started training of international students in 1985.
V.I. Khodyrev was appointed Rector of the institute in 1987; and he held the position until 1998. During that period the Faculty of Pre-Institute Training and Career Guidance and the Faculty of Professional Development were opened, in 1997 the latter was changed into the Continuing Education and Professional Development Institute affiliated to MMI. In 1991 the complex educational association “MMI - College of Construction” was created.
In 1992 the reorganization of faculties was carried out. The main direction of this initiative was to improve the system of continuing education and to create a more coherent system of the University management. The Machine Building and Automobile Faculties were changed into the Automotive Engineering Faculty; the Mechanical Faculty was reorganized into the Mechanical Engineering Faculty. On September 1, 1992, the Faculty of Construction was opened. In 1995 the Faculty of Economics was founded. In the same year the Board for assessment and award of the PhD degree in Engineering was formed. From 1998 up to the present time the University has been headed by Doctor of Engineering, Professor I.M. Sazonov. In 2000, according to the results of certification and accreditation for the status of higher educational institution of university type, Mogilev Machine Building Institute was transformed into Mogilev State Technical University (MSTU).
In accordance with the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Belarus and the Government of the Russian Federation, signed in Mogilev on January 19, 2001, the University was reorganized into the State Institution of Higher Professional Education “Belarusian-Russian University”. It was the beginning of the history of a unique higher education institution which combines the best achievements of national education systems and solves mutual challenges currently facing institutions of education caused by the transition to a postindustrial society.
The quality management system of the Belarusian- Russian University was developed, implemented and certified. The Lyceum, the College and the University were the first in the country to be certified. It resulted in a continuing training of specialists: "Lyceum - College - University - Continuing Education and Professional Development Institute» in accordance with the international standard 150 9001:2008, thus improving the effectiveness of educational, methodological, scientific, pedagogical and innovative activities in the University.
In its activities the University tends to use the greatest achievements accumulated by higher education institutions of these two countries over many years.