Russian State Agrarian University — Moscow Agricultural Academy named after К. А. Тimiriazev
Russian State Agrarian University - Moscow Timiryazev Agricultural Academy (RSAU – MTAA or RSAU – MAA named after K.A. Timiryazev) is the oldest and internationally renowned institution of higher education in Russia. In 2015 the academy has celebrated its 150th anniversary. On December 3, 1865 by Imperial order of Emperor Alexander II the Petrovskaya academy of Agronomy and Forestry was founded. Opening of the first higher agricultural educational institution was a response for those current challenges. Russia was badly in need of experts being capable of organizing scientific based agricultural production; such professionals could only be trained at a specialized institution. Over its 150 year history RSAU – MTAA has formed leading Russian schools of agricultural sciences and higher agrarian education, its academic and teaching staff has attained international and national fame making the top of higher agricultural education. An integrate system of national agricultural educational and research institutions has been created on the basis of the university structural units. Nowadays the university serves honourably in the line of its historic mission and is most emphatically the leader of the Russian agricultural education. Currently university role has increased greatly. In April 2014 Moscow State Agroengineering University after V.P. Goryachkin (GMSAU) and Moscow State University of Environmental Engineering (MSUEE) were reunionized with RSAU – MTAA. For a century and a half over two hundred thousand highly qualified specialists have been trained both for domestic and cross border agriculture, several thousands of teaching personnel for secondary agricultural education have been prepared intra muros RSAU – MTAA, GMSAU, MSUEE. More than 20,000 master's and doctoral theses have been defended successfully. Thousands of foreign citizens from Europe, Asia, Africa and America have completed their training at the academy.