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About MSIC


Moscow State Library Institute (MGBI) was created by N.K.Krupskaya and was established by Sovnarkom directive on 10th of July 1930. From this very moment the higher librarian education system in country was created.

The Institute was located in the very centre of Moscow, at the corner of Manezhnaya square and Mohovaya street.

The first institute director was Genriette Derman — a chairman of Librarian commision. There were 144 students at Institute in the first year.

In the first decade more than 1,000 qualified librarians were trained. Without their dedicated  work and devotion the spiritual rise of people would have never happened. The names of teachers MGBI — B.S. Bodnarsky, F.I. Karatygina, A.D. Eichengolts, N.V. Zdobnova, E.I. Shamurina, L.N. Tropovsky, Yu.V. Grigorieva, L.B. Khavkina, L.A. Levin and many others make up the glory of library science.


The Institute was developing at a quick pace and as a result it was provided with a more spacious building in Khimki near Moscow, on the left bank of the Moscow Canal.
The academic building of the library faculty, student dormitories, a stadium, a club, a gym and a printing house were built in a short period of time.

World War II

At the beginning of the War, 17 students and institute workers volunteered for the Khimki Fighter Battalion. More than 70 students of the Library Institute were trained and received nursing certificates to form the basis of military hospital No. 2956, which went through the combat path from the borders of the Moscow region to the Polish city of Torun.

During the war years, a hospital was organized in the institute. Nevertheless, the educational process was never interrupted during the war years —  several graduations took place and 12 Ph.D. theses were defended.

The hospital on the territory of the MSIC saved the lives of more than 5,000 soldiers and officers. Lecturers and students of the university helped doctors to cure the soldiers. During the war years, nurses were trained. A branch of the Library Institute was opened in the Bashkir city of Sterlitamak.

In the summer of 1942, a group of graduates submitted applications to the Sterlitamak military registration office with a request to send them to the Stalingrad front. Their applications were reviewed in Moscow and were sent as the heads of libraries to the Pacific Navy, where they served until the end of the war with Japan.

Teachers and university scientists had to go through hard time. Their feasts and their lives are a moral example of serving the Motherland. These are the names of glorious professors and teachers who did their best to institute`s  thriving: N.I. Sakharov, M.P. Mazuritsky, A.M. Savchenko, A.S. Shchipanov, I.I. Pikulev, A.A. Polikanov, Yu.G. Polichinetsky, S.V. Lempa, M.P. Vikharev, I.I. Punanov, F.P. Andrichenko, Yu.S. Zubov, D.Ya. Kogotkov, L.P. Bogdanov, K.I. Abramov, N.E. Artyomov, K.V. Tarakanov, N.S. Mansurov.


In the postwar years, scientific life was actively developing — connections were established with the largest libraries in the country.

The blossom of art faculties.

F.I.Korovin, the chancellor of the university, played a huge role in changing the profile of the faculty of cultural and educational work. Outstanding artists such as Veronika Dudarova, Serafim Popov, Yuri Polichinetsky, Andrei Polyakov, Dmitry Tikhomirov, Vladimir Triadsky, Igor Smirnov, Grigori Roshal, Nikolai Budashkin were the ones who started the faculties of art.

These years were a landmark for many university graduates. They participated  in all-Union festivals of amateur creativity, become pioneers of the “Turn Siberia into the land of high culture” movement.
The gradual expansion of the profile of education was reflected in the name of the university: in 1964th  it was transformed into the Moscow State Institute of Culture.


50th anniversary of the University

July 28, 1980 Moscow State Institute of Culture was awarded with  the Order of the Red Banner of Labor by the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. 

The university had great achievements: there were 6 faculties and 35 departments, a number of branches, teaching and consulting centers were opened, a considerable number of textbooks were published in all major disciplines.


Time to search for new forms in the activities of cultural institutions.

The leisure industry demanded new highly professional specialists capable of creating original informational, educational and cultural entertainment projects.
On June 7, 1994, the Moscow State Institute of Culture was renamed as the Moscow State University of Culture.
On May 18, 1999 Moscow State University of Culture was renamed as Moscow State University of Culture and Arts.
Since 2002, the university has been publishing the scientific journal “Vestnik MGUKI”, included by the Higher Attestation Commission of the Russian Federation in the list of the leading peer-reviewed scientific journals and publications.


2006 —  University was awarded with the European Rectors Club European Quality Award.

May 2007 —  University held the first international symposium "Universities of culture and the arts in a single global educational space." Representatives of 42 countries of the world took part in it. The symposium has become annual.

November 2014 —  University was renamed as the Moscow State Institute of Culture by order of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation,.
September 2015 — the Musical Cadet Corps was established on the basis of the institute at the initiative of the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Vladimir Medinsky.

The purpose of the creation of the MCC is to train specialists with a comprehensive humanitarian and creative education based on the historical traditions of cadet education and service to the Fatherland.

November 2015 The institute marked the 85th anniversary of its foundation. The gala concert was held at the State Kremlin Palace.
Today the institute continues to develop its best traditions in accordance with the requirements of the new time. Our tasks are high quality education and the graduates on demand.