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  • Type : Government
  • Short Name : PFU
  • Established : 1960
  • Location :Moscow , Moscow , Russia

Peoples Friendship University


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Foundation and History

Dedicated to Friendship

Peoples’ Friendship University (PFU) was founded on 5th February, 1960 by the USSR Government. On 22nd February, 1961, the University was named after Patrice Lumumba — one of the symbols of the African peoples’ fight for independence. Students and academics could be free to pursue their learning, teaching, and research activities at PFU, without being subject to political context, but firmly directed to the grand principles of friendship and mutual support.

International from the Very Beginning

In 1960, Russian language studies for international students started at the preparatory Faculty. On 1st September, the Russian language studies were introduced at the six main PFU faculties (Engineering faculty, faculty of History and philology, Medical faculty, Agricultural faculty, faculty of Science, faculty of Law and economics). The first 288 students from 47 countries graduated in 1965. The University started to expand. Generous donations from the Soviet Government enabled  PFU in 1966 to start the construction of a new campus in the South-Western district of Moscow.

By 1975, the University had more than 5600 graduates, among them 4250 people from 89 foreign countries. That year, the University was awarded the Peoples’ friendship Order for achievements in training experts for Asian, African and Latin America countries. The University’s name was changed to the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia on 5th February, 1992 by the RF Government, which is considered the University’s founder.


Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia has inherited the traditions of classical universities and develops its own as well. Recently the University has celebrated the 55th Anniversary since its foundation. Kind traditions of academic freedom and corporative solidarity have always been an integral part of PFUR’s life.

Academic freedom.

In comparison to other Russian universities, PFUR offers an especially high degree of autonomy in terms of individual ideas and decision-making:

University and faculties Academic Councils independently determine lines of study;
Departments and teaching staff independently implement various forms and methods of education;
Elective disciplines take up the most significant part of curricula.
International cooperation.

PFUR was founded as an international university and preserves the traditions of international cooperation, developing international ties, promoting students and teachers exchange with dozens of universities in Asia, Africa and Latin America, as well as leading universities of Europe, North America, China and CIS.

Corporative solidarity.

Many students are members of national student associations, as well as student councils of faculties, hostels and campus. They are also actively involved in the work of the Women’s committee, «Druzhba» sport club and other international organizations, which assist students in solving various problems, hold numerous national and international exhibitions , festivals, sport competitions and other cultural and social events. The University has adopted Codes of Honor for teachers, students and employees.


University honors the memory of its founders, the first Rector — Sergey Vasilyevich Rumyantsev, the second Rector Vladimir Frantsevich Stanis, who later became the President of the University, as well as founders of faculties, departments and numerous scientific schools. Today many top University executives are their successors.


Graduation ceremony.

It is a festive ceremony where members of faculty Academic Councils in gowns give diplomas to graduates. Most graduates also get diplomas as interpreters and translators, sometimes in two or three languages. They are given PFUR graduate blue ribbons, a photo album with the pictures of their group mates and professors and University logo souvenirs. They next day graduates go on the Moscow river boat trip.

Culture weeks.

Culture weeks of the people of Russia, Asia, Africa, Latin America, Middle Eastand CIS, dozens of national and international festivals have long become a tradition attracting not only PFUR students, but also those from other Moscow universities, as well as Moscovites. Since 1987, the International student festival «Planet South-West» has been held every year.


Sport competition spirit.

The main annual sport event is the traditional Spartakiade among faculties. PFUR athletes and sport teams invariably get prizes at city and all-Russia competitions. The range of sports students can go in for is constantly expanding, they can choose anything from football to yoga. In summer everybody looks forward to the finals of the Moscow Cup small «World football championship»

The PFUR also celebrates traditional holiday of Russian students - "Tatiana’s Day".

Annually there is a Knowledge Day – 1st September, PFUR A-students meetings. The “Friendship Meridian” holds today the tradition of the first international student construction teams. Traditional Weeks of Culture of People of Russia, Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East,CIS statesand other national and international festivals always attract not only students of PFUR, but also other Moscow and other universities students. 

The aim of PFUR is to offer scholars, scientists, and students the best possible conditions for studying and research. Continuous organizational development in the academic and administrative fields helps the university meet this goal!

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