Mission and Strategy 2020–2025

This is an online space to present the MCU’s new strategy: its context, concept and projects

It is obvious now that to pursue the approach when all design and development trajectories are boiled down to a singular point where a strategy emerges is impossible. The next strategic stage for growth must be made by teams of people who are proactive and unique and eager to contribute to the purpose and development of the university.

Igor Remorenko, MCU Rector


Moscow City University is a young and rapidly growing university comprising 12 institutes, 20 research laboratories, 6 colleges, and a school. MCU has departments in Zelenograd and Samara.

16 000 students

30 000 trainees per year

Over 180 programmes

30 study fields

12 institutes and 6 colleges

43 buildings citywide


Over the past few years, the Government of Moscow has been working to transform Moscow into an international, intellectual, financial, technological, and cultural center. Such megaprojects as the development of the urban transportation system, introducing digital services to the citizens, “The Moscow Electronic School”, “My documents”, “Active Ageing” transform the customary spheres of urban life and infrastructures.

The ongoing changes include more than just construction of new roads and street repairs, automating the workflow of the city’s services and establishing a single-window system for public queries, digitizing schools and creating comfortable learning environments. The projects delivered under the strategy “Moscow – the Global City” are changing people’s lives.

The main asset of a global city is its citizens and their potential.


To create and disseminate new social and humanitarian practices for the city of the world and the world of cities.

University redefines its teaching potential and becomes involved in the development of the global city creating new purposes that are concurrently very inherent for MCU. It is only natural that the new practices of developing human potential emerge in such a special city of the world as Moscow. Therefore the mission of Moscow City University is to be a university for the globalized city.


The strategy is developed using the project-based approach. It is built upon the clusters of projects aimed at the university’s developement. Each project is focused on one of the current trends or challenges for the cities’ and the world’s transformation.


These projects are aimed to develop an open learning and research space at the university. They strengthen the integration of the university with urban megaprojects and contribute to the initiatives of boosting the learning and socio-cultural potential of the city.


These projects transform the existing mechanisms of the university. They ensure the current competitiveness within the basic policies of teaching and research. New organizational patterns and business processes emerge as the result of these projects.

  • Implementing the ‘Liberal Arts in Education’ model and practices
  • Development and implementation of the research protocol
  • Digital Campus


These projects shape new strategic academic units (SAUs) – spaces for developing new teaching, research and management practices. By introducing new models, SAUs serve as a common asset enabling the university to reinvent itself.

  • Institute of Digital Education
  • Campus as a mechanism for transformation
  • Pre-university vocational education


These projects provide an understanding of the productivity and efficiency of the university’s activities. They are aimed at developing management mechanisms based on data and connectedness with the environment.

  • Creating the Alumni Society
  • Implementing certification and competence assessment systems