Russian State Hydrometeorological University


The Russian State Hydrometeorological University (RSHU) is the leading Higher Education Institute in the Russian Federation in the field of Environmental and Earth Sciences. It was established in June 1930 in Moscow on the basis of Faculty of Physics of Moscow State University. The University was renamed and transferred to Leningrad in 1944. In 1995 the University got the official status of Regional Training Centre of World Meteorological Organization (UN specialized agency).

The University’s main activities are education and training of highly qualified experts in the field of Environmental and Earth sciences. More than 20 000 specialists graduated from RSHU since its foundation. RSHU is also the center of excellence for scientific researches in many fields of study, namely: physics of atmosphere, ecology, sustainable coastal zone management, rational use of nature resources, health and well-being, aviation, marine and agro-meteorology, client-based weather forecasts, hydrology and oceanology, climate change and weather hazards.

RSHU is taking part in the various EU projects, including: scientific and education-oriented programs, like DELPHI, Tempus (2 now incl. 1 for marine and sea studies), Erasmus Mundus (2 now incl. one for marine sciences and effective coastal management), FP7, INTERREG Baltic Sea Region, UNESCO «Baltic Floating University» program, UNESCO Regional Baltic Centre at RSHU, UNESCO/UNITWIN project on best practices transfer for sustainable development of coastal regions, education and training program of the World Meteorological Organization, different networking projects funded by Nordic Council, CIMO, Swedish Institute, etc. Furthermore, RSHU has been providing and establishing contacts with external international networks.

The University has a Laboratory of Satellite Oceanography. There are a number of projects such as Arctic Syntool and Polar Cyclones implemented by the Laboratory.

RSHU offers educational programs leading to BSc, MSc, Diploma Specialist, PhD and Doctor of Sciences. RSHU research programs include study of atmospheric and oceanic processes, atmosphere-ocean interaction, weather forecasting, climate change, numerical weather prediction models, ecology and economics.

Facts and figures

Year Established 1930
Total Number of Staff 649
Number of Academic Staff 232
Number of Students 5475
Focus Areas

Diagnostic and forecasting models of natural and anthropogenic hazards

Study of atmospheric processes and phenomena for the weather analysis and forecast

Environmental protection

Economics and agriculture management

Rational usage of natural resources

Fields of Study Offered Social and behavioural science (broad programmes)
Life science (broad programmes)
Physical science (broad programmes)
Mathematics and statistics (broad programmes)
Computing (broad programmes)
Environmental protection (broad programmes)