The University was founded on 5th February, 1960 by the USSR Government. On 22nd February, 1961, the RUDN 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 , without being subject to political context, but firmly directed to the grand principles of friendship and mutual support.On February 5, 1992, by the decision of the Government of Russia, the University was renamed to Peoples' Friendship University of Russia.
RUDN University is one of the best world class universities in Russia ranked by Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings and Round University Ranking. We are among the leaders in categories "International students" and "Student-to-staff ration" and the greenest university in Russia according to UI GreenMetric Ranking. RUDN is the first university in Russia to get 5 QS stars in 5 ranking categories.
RUDN University offers any specialization e.g. technical, scientific, medical, economic, humanitarian one. 6 faculties, 10 institutes and 1 academy provide ample opportunities for getting quality education. Engineers, lawyers, doctors, diplomats, financiers, agrarians, physicists, mathematicians, linguists, journalists are taking a degree in RUDN University. RUDN University has over 200 laboratories, 3 shared knowledge centres with modern equipment, annual scientific conferences, grants, scholarships, joint scientific projects with leading foreign institutions of higher education, researches of federal and global scale.
The RUDN University campus is situated in southwestern Moscow in one of the beautiful and ecologically clean places of the city. The most "green" Russian university (according to the UIGreenMetric World University Ranking) is located nearby the parkland covered 50 hectares.