07 June 2023
Welcome to Study at SPbFTU!
For more details please contact Directorate of International Cooperation
Head of the Directorate of International Cooperation:
Ph.D (Ec) Svetlana Tereshchenko
Phone: +7 (812) 670-92-60, +7 (931) 592-28-89
E-mail: mobilityftu@gmail.com

About us

The Insti­tute of Man­age­ment and Eco­nom­ics of the Forestry Sec­tor (IMFSE, Russ­ian abbre­vi­a­tion IUELS) has rich, long and glo­ri­ous his­to­ry. This his­to­ry is deeply root­ed in the his­to­ry of our uni­ver­si­ty — the Saint Peters­burg State Forestry Tech­ni­cal Uni­ver­si­ty (ear­li­er Acad­e­my). The Uni­ver­si­ty itself was found­ed in 1803 by a decree of Emper­or Alexan­der the First. It is the old­est for­est uni­ver­si­ty in our coun­try and entire Europe. The his­to­ry of our insti­tute is insep­a­ra­ble from the sub­se­quent uneasy his­to­ry of the Uni­ver­si­ty, our coun­try and its for­est sector.

Although eco­nom­ics has always been an inte­gral part of for­est sci­ence, it is inter­est­ing that the first for­est eco­nom­ics spe­cial­iza­tion emerged only in the mid-1920s, more than a cen­tu­ry after birth of the for­est uni­ver­si­ty in 1803. On Novem­ber 26, 1929, the orig­i­nal For­est Insti­tute was reor­ga­nized into the Forestry Acad­e­my and small for­est eco­nom­ic sec­tion was trans­formed into a sep­a­rate for­est eco­nom­ic fac­ul­ty. That was the day of birth of our Insti­tute. Lat­er on, the for­est eco­nom­ic fac­ul­ty was reformed into engi­neer­ing and eco­nom­ic fac­ul­ty, then into fac­ul­ty of eco­nom­ics and man­age­ment. Since 2015 it is the Insti­tute of Man­age­ment and Eco­nom­ics of For­est Sec­tor (IMEFS). From its birth to the present day, our Insti­tute remains the lead­ing aca­d­e­m­ic, sci­en­tif­ic and edu­ca­tion­al tool in Rus­sia, a real forge of cadres for its vast for­est sec­tor. Among our grad­u­ates, there are many out­stand­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the gov­ern­ment, busi­ness, tech­nol­o­gy, sci­ence, acad­e­mia and education.

Cur­rent­ly, our insti­tute employs more than forty high­ly qual­i­fied fac­ul­ty staff mem­bers. Almost all of them are doc­tors and can­di­dates of sci­ence (PhDs), pro­fes­sors and asso­ciate pro­fes­sors (docents). They have impres­sive expe­ri­ence in edu­ca­tion, sci­ence and busi­ness in Rus­sia and abroad. We invite busi­ness lead­ers and sci­en­tists from Rus­sia and from abroad for teach­ing and work­ing with our students.

Today, more than 1,000 stu­dents (includ­ing bach­e­lors, mas­ters and post­grad­u­ates) study at our insti­tute every year. Of these, about 400 stu­dents are full-time and some 600 are extra-mur­al stu­dents. About 260 stu­dents grad­u­ate every year, includ­ing 100 full-time and 160 extra-mur­al grad­u­ates. Of them some 40 to 50 mas­ters and post-grad­u­ates. Our stu­dents under­go real prac­ti­cal train­ing in real pro­duc­tion envi­ron­ment. Our edu­ca­tion sys­tem meets inter­na­tion­al stan­dards and allows for our stu­dents to study indi­vid­ual cours­es and mod­ules in Rus­sia and abroad in the lead­ing uni­ver­si­ties of the world — our part­ners. Stu­dents who speak Eng­lish have an oppor­tu­ni­ty to obtain an addi­tion­al sec­ond inter­na­tion­al diplo­ma in the Mas­ter’s Pro­gram (For­pek) — “For­est Pol­i­cy and Economics”.

We pro­ceed from the fact that the main prob­lems of the mod­ern for­est sec­tor in Rus­sia and world­wide are not so much forestry or tech­ni­cal issues. They are pre­dom­i­nant­ly eco­nom­ic prob­lems, which are to be solved by main­ly eco­nom­ic meth­ods. We well pre­pare our stu­dents to solve these prob­lems. We strong­ly believe that in the cur­rent com­pet­i­tive mar­ket econ­o­my envi­ron­ment (and this is strong opin­ion of major­i­ty of employ­ers in the glob­al for­est sec­tor) every man­ag­er at pri­ma­ry, upper and high man­age­ment and admin­is­tra­tive lev­el should have sound eco­nom­ic edu­ca­tion — first or sec­ond one. In any case, wel­come to our Insti­tute of Man­age­ment and Eco­nom­ics of For­est Sector!