Moscow City University was founded on March 1, 1995. It is Russia's first pedagogical higher educational institution that was initially created as a university. The purpose of this higher educational institution is to train highly qualified employees for schools and the social sphere of the city of Moscow. Today the University comprises 12 educational and one research institute, a branch in the city of Samara, a school of water sports and a comprehensive school. Each year more than 15,000 teachers and heads of various educational organizations take professional development courses at the University.
Over the years, the University has become the leading center for training teachers and tutors for the educational organizations of the Moscow Region, specialists in the field of psychology, economics, management, computer science, sociology, public relations, law and philology for the needs of the social - economic and other fields of activity in the capital-megalopolis. It has allowed us to provide preschool institutions, elementary and high schools with professional personnel and to hasten the development of the capital’s educational system.
Moscow’s scientific schools solve fundamental problems of both teacher training and classical education. The scientific works published by scientists of the University have been supported not only in Russia, but also beyond its limits. They have become the basis for many textbooks and other educational resources used in Russian schools and higher educational institutions. Among other pedagogical higher educational institutions, the University takes leading positions in the country in terms of the number of published works and their citing parameters, containing all the necessary elements to contribute to the development of Russian science. More than 80% of the scientific and instructional employees of the University have higher degrees; 23% of them are doctors of science. Among the teachers, there are full members and corresponding members of the Russian and international academies of Sciences, teachers emeritus and Figures of Russian Federation Higher Education, winners of State awards, awards of the President and of the Government of the Russian Federation in the field of education. Teachers and students of the University are working to upgrade Russian pedagogical education by cooperation with the development fund of the innovative Skolkovo Center, the school league "RUSNANO", other funds and organizations.