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 of August 10, 1961, and Regulation No 504 of the BSSR Council of Ministers of August 22, 1961. It was the only institution of higher education in Belarus offering such major courses.
Under the leadership of the first rector A.A. Borisov two faculties were founded: the Mechanical and the Machine Building ones. In 1970, the rector of MMI S.M. Belov organized the Transport and Technological Faculties, later the Electromechanical Faculty was established. In 1973, on the basis of the Technological Faculty, Mogilev Technological Institute was founded. 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; he held that position until 1998. During that period the Faculty of Pre-Instutute Training and Career Guidance was opened, as well as the Faculty of Professional Development, which in 1997 was changed into the Continuing Education and Professional Development Institute at MMI. In 1991 a complex educational association "MMI - College of Construction" was created.
In 1992 consecutive 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 an 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 degree of PhD 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" (Belarusian-Russian University). It was the beginning of the history of a unique higher education institution which is able to combine the best achievements of national education systems and implement mutual challenges facing institutions of education at the present time as a consequence of 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 ro 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, methodical, scientific, pedagogical and innovative activities in the University.
In its activities the University tends to use the greatest achievements accumulated over many years by higher education institutions of these two countries.