RUDN University was founded on February 5, 1960 by the USSR Government. On February 22, 1961 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 in different fields of sciences without being subject to political context, but firmly directed to the grand principles of friendship and mutual support.
The research engagement for students is one of the main initiatives in RUDN University. The university cultivates and supports research partnerships between undergraduate students and the faculty members of the RUDN University. Such method of cooperation provides an opportunity for undergraduate students, to work as part of the team on a faculty member’s research project or to participate in a case competition requiring intensive research. RUDN University engages the students more fully in the learning process and enables undergraduates to gain an appreciation of the role of research in all the spheres.