Russian-Armenian University was founded following the interstate agreement between the Republic of Armenia and Russian Federation in 1997. During the relatively short time of its existence, RAU has become a leading educational and scientific center in Armenia, proving to be an excellent model of integration in education.
RAU admitted the first students in February 1999 in Law, Public and Municipal Administration and Journalism. Since then, the University has been constantly growing and encompassing new areas of education and research. Starting from 2002, scientific centers, institutions and research groups have been developing within the University. The same year RAU launched the first postgraduate program. In 2004 the reconstruction of the main building was finished, while in 2009 RAU opened its own Sports Complex. On October 15, 2004, the Park of Gratitude was opened at the University as a symbol of the Russian-Armenian friendship. That very day has become the day of RAU, although since 2011 the University celebrates its day on September 15.
The University’s rector is former Prime-Minister of the Republic of Armenia, Doctor of Economics, Professor, member of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, Prof. Armen Darbinyan, who assumed the post in 2001.
RAU offers a diverse range of undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programs. The main language of instruction is Russian; however, we offer courses in Armenian and English as well. Upon graduation, students receive two Diplomas: Armenian and Russian. The University comprises 31 Departments and 8 Institutes: Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Institute of Physics and Engineering, Institute of Biomedicine and Pharmacy, Institute of Economics and Business, Institute of Law and Politics, Institute of Humanities, Institute of Media, Advertising and Film Production, Institute of Oriental Studies.
The University prepares specialists with up-to-date knowledge and skill ensuring their place in the competitive job market.
Attracting ethnic Armenian prospective students from all over the region, the University fulfills the role of a significant repatriation center in the country. Around 30% of students admitted to RAU each year are young people from CIS countries: Russia (which stands for the largest Armenian Diaspora), Georgia, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and other countries.
In 2017, on the 20th anniversay since founding RAU, the University established its 7 values: Academic Freedom, Love, Fairness, Solidarity, Creativity, Dignity, Cognition and Personal Growth.
RAU is widely recognized for its prominent activity in the regional educational and scientific environment and it continues to expand its work internationally. The University’s growing international network provides students and lecturers with various opportunities for mobility.
At RAU, we have long identified scientific research as our priority. Students of all levels are encouraged to embark on scientific explorations and participate in research conferences. Professors and postgraduate students conduct activities geared towards solving fundamental issues of modern science, their research interests varying from Natural and Computer Sciences to Social Sciences and Humanities:
Research in Natural and Computer Sciences: Biochemistry, Biophysics, Bioinformatics, Organic and Physical Chemistry, Mathematics and IT, Information Security, Semiconductor Physics, Molecular Physics, Nanotechnology;
We conduct research at laboratories based within the Institutes of RAU and in cooperation with major Armenian science centers, including the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia.