Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University is a unique institution in the South Caucasus region being under the joint authority of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Armenia. The decision to establish RAU in Yerevan was made in 1997 when the RA and RF governments signed the agreement to open a Russian university in Armenia. What followed was a period of firm effort led by two governments. In almost two years the vision of Russian-Armenian University had become a reality. The first intake of students was held in February 1999 for Science of Law, Public and Municipal Administration and Journalism. Since then the University has been constantly growing and encompassing new branches of learning and research. Starting from 2002 scientific centers, institutions and problem research groups have been developing within the university. In the same year RAU offered its first post-graduate course to the students. The reconstruction of the building was ended in 2004. On October 15 of the same year Park of Gratitude was opened at the university as a symbol of the past, present and the future of Russian-Armenian friendship. This very day is considered to be the University Day.
On April 29, 2005 RAU was accredited by the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation.
Nowadays RAU offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs. There are 5 Institutes at RAU. Students are trained in 32 Chairs which involve highly qualified specialists. Most of them have Doctor’s or Candidate’s degree. The University offers training in almost all branches of modern science and humanities giving both Bachelor’s (4 years) and Master’s (2 years) degree. Senior students have an opportunity to continue the education either in Russia or in other countries.
The aim of the university is to prepare highly qualified specialists who correspond to the demands of the new century and to support them to find a job corresponding to their knowledge and abilities. Professors from the Republic of Armenia and the Russian Federation do their best to make this aim come true.
Since its creation the university has been governed by 2 presidents; the founding president, famous expert in Russian language and literature, Academician Levon Mkrtchyan was followed by Former Prime-Minister of the Republic of Armenia, Doctor of Economic Sciences, Professor, Academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, member of National Academy of Science of Armenia Armen Darbinyan who has been the president since November 1, 2001.