Institute of Environmental Engineering is an initiator of several programmes on the ecologization of the university and its positioning in the rating of “green” universities. In the international rating “Green Metrics World University Ranking” RUDN University ranks first among Russian universities and 44th – among foreign ones.
A virtual simulator for environmental safety of oil transportation is used in the training of ecologists. By means of the simulator, a student can simulate and eliminate a pipeline accident, virtually appearing "inside the accident".
Students-ecologists monitor the state of the environment on the campus of RUDN University. Throughout the year they collect indicators of the level of pollution of air and other environments, soil conditions, noise levels, electromagnetic fields, vegetation conditions. Analyzing the data, the students identify the zones of increased load and zones of "ecological comfort" and are looking for opportunities to maintain the territory in good condition.
Mud volcanoes of the Kerch Peninsula, Cretaceous caves of Divnogorje, the hills of Kamchatka, the Lake of Karelia and the Baikal water... Students-ecologists are exploring the nature of Russia. Every year groups of students set off on scientific-research expeditions, immersing into the amazing world of nature.
Institute of Environmental Engineering creates professional standards, reconciling them with educational standards and employers' requests. Developments of faculty teachers and their author's courses on waste management, forensic ecology, environmental regulation, HSE-management are used in the training.
Paper and cardboard are thrown to the trash bin with blue plates, glass – with green plates, metal – with red plates, plastic bottles – with yellow plates. On the initiative of students-ecologists, RUDN University was the first Russian university to introduce a separate waste collection system. In training buildings there are special containers and volunteers help students and employees of the university to master a new recycling system.
Department of System Ecology
Date of foundation: 1992
Fields of scientific research of the department includes the detailed study of living organisms – plants and animals – in natural communities, the development of methods of bioindication (i.e. monitoring) of the state of the environment based on observations of communities of living organisms, analysis of various aspects of sustainable development of Russian regions, ecological biotechnologies and environmental control of food and medicines.
The department trains undergraduate and graduate students of the Institute of Environmental Engineering of all fields of study. Teachers of the department participate in the conduct of summer practical training of first-year students "Natural Ecosystems".
The department employs recognized specialists in the field of ecology, biotechnology, environmental monitoring, biodiversity conservation. The results of their scientific activities are reflected in 6 patents:
1. International patent for the active substance of a medicine "Vitanam",
2. "Method of determining the strength of metallurgical coke"
3. "Method of producing food yeast of the genus Sacharomycetes"
4. "Method of producing glucose from cellulose-containing raw materials, mainly from waste products of beer production”,
5. "Method of producing biomass of microorganisms"
6. "Method of producing biomass of microorganisms with a low content of nucleic acids".
The department cooperates with the Darwin Museum and the Timiryazev State Museum of Biology, the Zoological Museum and the Botanical Garden of the Moscow State University, the Moscow Zoo and the Main Botanical Garden, the Russian Ecological Academy and reserves in the territory of the Russian Federation, where students undertake scientific and on-the-job internships.
Department of Geoecology
Date of foundation: 2003
The department employs specialists and researchers, whose area of expertise includes the study and prediction of dangerous geological situations and the role of man in their emergence. Research is conducted in the field of pollution of natural environments and their impact on the living matter of the biosphere, geophysical fields and geoecological risks; impact of exploration and production of mineral resources, construction of facilities, hydro-construction and urbanization processes on the environment.
The department gives classes to undergraduate and graduate students of the Institute of Environmental Engineering of all fields of study. It also trains postgraduate students in the field of study "Earth Sciences".
The department cooperates with the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Research Institute for Engineering Surveys in Construction (PNIIIS), Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geoecology of the RAS, Institute of Geology of the RAS.
Department of Applied Ecology
Date of foundation: 2005
The scientific-research work of the department covers such problems as environmental safety in the oil and gas sector, economics and environmental management, environmental rationing, research of hydromineral and balneological resources, climate conservation, management of sustainable development of the fuel and energy complex. Employees of the department are developers of innovative educational technologies (virtual simulator for ecological safety of oil transportation), programmes on demanded fields of study for ecologists – HSE-management (management of occupational safety, industrial and environmental safety).
Teachers of the department teach undergraduate and graduate students of the Institute of Environmental Engineering of all fields of study. The department also trains postgraduate students in the field of study "Earth Sciences".The department cooperates with the International Center for Sustainable Development under the auspices of UNESCO, the Institute of Geoecology of the RAS, the Geological Institute of the RAS, Satpayev Kazakh National Technical University and other scientific and design organizations.
Department of Environmental Monitoring and Forecasting
Date of foundation: 1994
The scientific-research activity of the department includes such areas as mathematical modeling of biospheric and climatic processes, development of methods of ecological monitoring of natural, residential and industrial zones; waste management; engineering solutions for environmental protection, energy and resource saving in industry. The results of scientific activity of teachers are reflected in more than 500 publications, including more than 20 monographs, more than 20 textbooks and teaching aids.
The department teaches undergraduate and graduate students of the Institute of Environmental Engineering of all fields of study. In 2016 a programme "Recycling of production and consumption wastes" was launched and is successfully implemented at the department. In addition, the department trains postgraduate students in the field of study "Earth Sciences".
The department takes an active part in the implementation of the project for the creation and development of the governmental continuing education programme "School-High School", oversees the scientific work in specialized classes of a number of Moscow schools.
The department actively cooperates with major enterprises of Moscow, Moscow region and other regions of Russia. Among them, the oil company “Gazpromneft”, the environmental organization “EcoStandard Group”, the State Center for Standardization “Rostest-Moscow”, the Federal Space Agency “ROSKOSMOS”, a German company for the production of cleaning equipment “HUBER TECHNOLOGIES”, the League of Waste Paper Recyclers, the Voronezh Nuclear Power Plant, etc.
Department of Forensic Ecology with the Course of Human Ecology
Date of foundation: 2003
The department trains undergraduate students of the Institute of Environmental Engineering. It implements master's programmes "Rational Nature Management", "Expertise of Environmental Safety of Nature Management", "Environmental Management".
The department employs specialists and experts, laureates of national and foreign diplomas, prizes. Their scientific-research work covers such areas as radiation safety of territories, adaptation of the organism in conditions of unfavorable environmental factors, assessment of the risk to public health in various environmental pollutions, the spread of parasites, an impact of ultra-low effects of various nature on living systems, rehabilitation of territories contaminated by heavy metals, the scientific basis of forensic ecology, etc.
Employees of the department actively participate in the development and implementation of additional education programmes, including on the issues of radiation safety, environmental medicine, homeopathy.
The department cooperates with major research centers and state services: the Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry of the RAS, the Institute of Physical, Chemical and Biological Problems of Soil Science of the RAS; A.N. Sysin Research Institute of Human Ecology and Environmental Health, the Research Institute of Agricultural Radiology and Agroecology, the Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Nature Management, State Environmental Institution "Mosekomonitoring", Department of Nature Management of the City of Moscow, etc.
Department of Foreign Languages of the Institute of Environmental Engineering
Date of foundation: 2010
The department participates in the training of undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students of all fields of study and specialties of the Department of Foreign Languages of the Institute of Environmental Engineering.
The department's tasks are to train students on a programme "Translator" and teach foreign languages (German, French, Spanish, English) within the framework of the state standard of a non-linguistic university. A programme "Translator" is a key area of the department's work. The programme includes advanced learning of foreign languages and mastering the skills of translation.
Scientific research of the department concerns the methodology of teaching foreign languages, features and evolution of environmental terms in different languages, cultural and linguistic traditions of countries of the world.
The department cooperates with colleagues from the Moscow State University, the Moscow State Linguistic University, the Moscow City Pedagogical University, as well as the Instituto Cervantes, the Goethe Institute, the French National Center and the Representative Office of the British Council.
Annually the department conducts a scientific and practical student conference in foreign languages.
- International cooperation
Ecologists of RUDN University have developed the master's programme "Waste-to-Energy" within the BRICS Network University. The programme is based on the study of the best available technologies in the field of waste processing and its use for resource and energy conservation purposes.
- The initiative is encouraged
Students receive comprehensive support in the implementation of ideas and initiatives, scientific and social projects. Separate waste collection, collection of used batteries, the study of Russia's landscapes, ecological monitoring of RUDN campus are some of the students’ projects implemented at the university. Students' initiatives are encouraged by scholarships, grants, diplomas in professional student competitions.
- From theory to practice
In the training of ecologists, much attention is paid to the acquisition of professional skills. Practical training, internships, master classes from experts-practitioners, training programmes developed jointly with employers – all this helps students to learn the nuances of the profession. As a result, graduates-ecologists are in demand as specialists and successfully employed.
- Academic mobility – we broaden the horizon
The Institute offers students master's programmes implemented jointly with the universities of Italy, China, Kazakhstan, Belarus. As a result, students receive 2 diplomas: RUDN University and a partner university. In addition, students gain valuable experience of education abroad, communication with foreign colleagues, scientific and professional activities in the context of another linguistic culture.
- In-demand scientific research
Choosing the areas of scientific-research work, the Institute relies on topical requests of the time. Among the priority areas: environmental safety in the oil and gas sector; monitoring and modelling of the behaviour of toxic compounds in the environment; biodiversity conservation; climate conservation; forensic ecology and human ecology. Socially significant studies receive grant support.
Institute of Environmental Engineering was founded in 1992 based on the Department of Environmental Protection and Labor Protection. Having become one of the first in Russia, the Institute of Environmental Engineering of RUDN University has been conducting educational and scientific-research activities for more than 25 years in the fields of study: rational nature management, living systems, energy and energy saving, applied ecology and human ecology, environmental and radiation safety.
The main idea of the Institute, laid down in the creation, is the fundamental education in the field of ecology and on the whole range of disciplines that an ecologist needs in his/her scientific and practical activities.
The educational activity of the Institute is conducted in 2 fields of study of the bachelor’s programme: “Ecology and Nature Management” and “Energy and Resource-Saving Processes in Chemical Technology, Petrochemistry and Biotechnology”, and in the field of study of the master’s programme “Ecology of Nature Management”. Master’s programme includes 7 specializations:
three — in Russian:
- Environmental safety expertise
- Rational nature management
- Recycling of production and consumption wastes
two — in English:
- Economics of natural resources management
- Applied Ecology
two joint specializations with foreign universities:
- Environmental management (in cooperation with the SCO Network University)
- Sustainable development (in cooperation with Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy)
A special priority in the educational activities of the Institute of Environmental Engineering is to make the training at the Institute interactive, interesting, practice-oriented. Not only research scientists, but also expert practitioners and potential employers are involved in the development of educational programmes. As a result, educational programmes are practice-oriented and simultaneously contain a significant scientific-research component.
The Institute holds regular meetings with leading domestic and foreign experts in the field of ecology and environmental protection in the format of public lectures, master classes, seminars.
Future ecologists not only attend lectures, but also implement research and creative projects: they join clubs to master the profession together. Separate waste collection, disposal of used batteries, green construction, environmental monitoring — these are just a small part of the projects that students are passionate about.
Studying the country’s natural resources, exploring marvelous natural places is another area of practical work at the Institute. For example, in 2017 announced in the Russian Federation as the Year of Ecology, students-ecologists organized fascinating research expeditions:
- to the Kerch Peninsula to study mud volcanoes and salt lakes of the Crimea;
- to the Vladimir region for rafting along the Polya River in order to study the characteristics of the river;
- to the Voronezh region to study chalk outcrops and caves of the unique wildlife reserve “Divnogorye”;
- to the Moscow region to visit a bison nursery and study the ecological situation in the Prioksko-Terrasniy Reserve.
Simultaneously with mastering the main profession, students can learn foreign languages (English, Spanish, German, French, etc.).
During the training, students-ecologists have the opportunity to participate in educational exchanges, mastering a part of the disciplines in partner universities in Italy, China, Kazakhstan. Foreign internships, including the Erasmus program of the European Union, provide the opportunity to learn from the experience of foreign colleagues in practice and join the international professional community as a student.
International activity. The partners of the Institute are universities of Italy, Jordan, Belarus, Lithuania, China, Kazakhstan, India, Brazil, Republic of South Africa. Thanks to the efforts of ecologists, RUDN University currently coordinates the field of study “Ecology” in the SCO Network University (Shanghai Cooperation Organization). A master’s programme “Waste-to-Energy” on the use of solid waste as a source of energy has been developed within the framework of BRICS Network University.
The scientific work of the Institute of Environmental Engineering covers priority areas: “Rational Nature Management”, “Living Systems”, “Energetics and Energy Saving”.
At the Institute there is a Research and Educational Center for Human Ecology, the Radeco Scientific Training Center for Radiation and Ecological Safety, scientific training laboratories of ecological safety, ecological medicine, ecological psychology.
Seminars are held on a regular basis: “Modern problems of geoecology”, “Impact of transfer factors on immunological resistance of the organism in case of environmentally determined pathology”, “Environmental projects management”, “Topical issues of human ecology”, “Applied ecology”. A conference “Topical issues of ecology and nature management” is a significant event, which has been held annually since 1998 and attracts experts and researchers from Russia and foreign countries.
Students-ecologists are actively involved in research activities of the Institute. Young scientists united in the Students’ Scientific Society participate in conferences, schools, seminars, environmental education work, meetings of students’ science clubs “Biospheric Sustainability of Countries of the World”, “Problems of Modern Energy and Ways to Solve them”, “Planet without Waste”, “Ecology of Plants and Animals”, “Radioecology”, “Human Ecology”, “Ecological Epidemiology”, “Ecological Psychophysology ”, “Sustainability of Natural Systems”, “Geoecology of Russia”.
At the Institute there is a thesis council on specialty 03.02.08 “Ecology” (biological, medical sciences).
RUDN University is a “green university” largely due to the efforts of ecologists. Ecologization of the university is another interesting area of the Institute’s work. All year round the students conduct ecological monitoring of the territory of the university: they collect water, soil, snow and vegetation samples; measure air quality, noise intensity, levels of electromagnetic fields and radiation; process the information from webcams located in the surrounding streets and estimate the actual volumes of vehicle emissions, depending on the traffic rate. Analyzing the obtained data, ecologists divide the campus into zones of “ecological comfort” and zones of increased load. After that they elaborate recommendations for keeping the territory in good condition. At the initiative of students-ecologists, at RUDN university separate waste collection is practiced and resource conservation is promoted.
The active work of students and teachers of the Institute of Environmental Engineering, with the support of the entire university, contributes to the fact that RUDN University ranks high in the global rating of “green universities” UI GreenMetric (UI GreenMetric World University Rankings) and coordinates the national movement of “green universities”.
Scientific centers of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS):
- Karadag Scientific Station of the RAS,
- Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Biophysics of the RAS,
- Institute of Neurology of the RAS, etc.
Reserves and museums:
- Crimean Nature Reserve,
- Timiryazev State Museum of Biology.
Industrial enterprises and consulting companies:
- Voskresensk Plant of Mineral Fertilizers,
- Tolyatti Waste Processing Plant “Povolzhsky Secondary Resources”
- Moscow Refinery “Gazpromneft MNPZ”
- “Huber-Technology”, a German company, a major producer of water treatment equipment,
- Environmental consulting company “FRECOM”, etc.
- Information and Analytical Support Center for Reserve Management and Studies of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation,
- Department of Nature Management of Moscow, etc.
The Institute employs 70 teachers, including:
- 15 professors and doctors of science
- 40 associate professors and senior teachers — PhD in science
- 11 full members and corresponding members of various academies of sciences.
Particular attention is paid to practical acquaintance with the profession. Practitioners, Russian and foreign experts in the field of environmental protection regularly hold public lectures, master classes, seminars, deliver reports.