Founded in 1930 in Moscow, the Moscow Power Engineering Institute (MPEI) is one of the main technical universities in Russia in the field of power engineering, electrical engineering, radio engineering and electronics, informatics and computer science.
There are 13,000 undergraduate and 500 postgraduate students at MPEI working across 21 buildings on courses specifically covering the disciplines of: modern power engineering (hydropower, wind power, thermal, nuclear, solar and space power); electrical equipment; sciences about materials; electronics; classical and applied physics; radio engineering and communication; computer systems; management and economics in power engineering.
MPEI has conducted substantial and award-winning research projects – experimental and theoretical – into the production, transportation and distribution of heat and electrical energy generated using organic and nuclear fuel, as well as into radio electronics, optical electronics, electrical engineering, and nano-technologies. Among the MPEI’s impressive list of research partners are: Elektrosila, Gasprom, ABB, Motorola, EPRI, Samsung, Massachusetts Technological Institute, University of California, Berkeley and so on.
Foreign students have been accepted into MPEI since 1946 with 7,500 students from 85 countries passing through its doors since then. The Institute has agreements with 71 partner universities across 35 countries, while there are currently around 900 foreign students from 60 countries at MPEI.
Student Life at MPEI is active and influenced by the student trade-union organisation. Sport is a strong fixture among the activities available and there is a dedicated Department of Physical Training and Sport, which was created in 1948. There is a stadium for track and field athletics, a field for 5-a-side football, covered and open tennis courts, a swimming pool, and an indoor sports centre for a range of other sports including aerobics and table tennis.
Notable MPEI alumni include: Premier of China, Li Peng; former President of Romania, Ion Iliescu; Nikolay Petrovich Brusentsov, the chief designer of the ternary logic computer, "Setun" and Alexander Nikolayevich Raikov, specialist in artificial intelligence.