MSUPE celebrates the 20th anniversary





The history of MSUPE goes back to the beginning of the 20th century, when the first research and educational psychological institute was founded in Russia (at that time, the third in the world), today it is the Psychological Institute of the Russian Academy of Education. At that time the founder of the Psychological Institute Georgy Chelpanov formulated the idea of ​​integrating academic science and university education. It formed the basis for creating in 1997 the first International Educational and Psychological College in the structure of PI RAO, and then – the Moscow City Institute of Psychology & Education that developed to Moscow State University of Psychology & Education that we know nowdays.

More about MSUPE history & achievements here.

Mission of the university

MSUPE is the first psychological university in Russia. Professors are a unique community of practicing experts in the most diverse branches of psychology – from legal to clinical. MSUPE specialists coordinate the work of psychologists in social institutions in Moscow, supervise the service of practical psychology of education in Moscow, create unique projects.

Professors and staff of the Moscow State University of Psychology & Education are guided in their work by a demonstrative approach. They make decisions about using methods of working with people only on the basis of the results of competently planned and conducted research. For this purpose, the University constantly creates and updates knowledge bases about social practices with proven effectiveness, which can be used by a specialist.

MSUPE is a university for people who are not indifferent. Professors and students are ready to change the life of society for the better. The doors of the university are always open for students with special needs, the friendly and accessible educational environment of MSUPE fits every student.

The University seeks to ensure that the education that students receive is not confined to specific professional competencies. It is important that students develop scientific thinking and their own trajectory of personal development in accordance with their interests and plans for the future.


Greetings from foreign partners


Warm words from international students

Students from Italy (exchange students from the university of Urbino & “Sapievnza” university of Roma)

Students from Armenia (exchange students from Armenian State Pedagogical University)



A number of MSUPE Anniversary activities were held in 2017 & were devoted to the following themes:

  • Educational research
  • Psychologist at school
  • Cultural-historical psychology
  • Special education
  • The game environment
  • Inclusive education
  • Deviant behavior
  • Prevention of suicides
  • A virtual reality
  • Assistance of orphans
  • Psychology of giftedness
  • Children in the informational society
  • Socially unprotected persons
  • Legal psychology of childhood
  • Autism: assistance and support
  • National Strategy on Childhood

The group of professors of the University of Roskilde (Denmark)

On November, 15 – 17 the group of professors from Roskilde University of (RUC, Denmark) has visited MSUPE under the Erasmus+ teaching mobility program.

RUC delegation in MSUPE was represented by: Associate Professor of Department of People and Technology at Roskilde University Hans Sønderstrup-Andersen; Associate Professor of the Department of Psychology and Educational Studies at Roskilde University Rashmi Singla; Associate Professor of the Department of People and Technology at Roskilde University Niklas Chimirri; Associate Professor of the Department of Psychology of Education at Roskilde University Margarita V. Popova.

The visit was aimed at formulating the prospects of international cooperation; presentation of experience, activities and structure of Roskilde University as well as  the presentation of MSUPE program, implemented for   the development of ideas of cultural-historical and activity scientific school in education and social entrepreneurship..

On  November, 15 the meeting of the delegation with MSUPE administration was organized. Together with the group from RUC, among the participants and speakers of the meeting were: Rector of MSUPE Vitaly V. Rubtsov, Head of the faculty of Social psychology Tatyana Y. Marinova, Head of the faculty of psychology of education Marina A. Egorova, Head of MSUPE informational-analytical office Anna A. Shvedovskaya, Head of the Chair of pedagogical psychology Prof. Victor. A. Guruzhapov, Head of the Chair of Ethnopsychology and Psychological Problems in Multicultural Education Oleg Y. Khuhlaev,  Head of the MSUPEoffice of international affairs  Natalya A. Baykovskaya , Professor of Monash University (Australia) N. N. Veresov and Professor of the University of Crete (Greece) M. Dafermos.

In the framework of the meeting MSUPE participants represented  the university and its` faculties, as well as the report on the educational model of the Roskilde University, followed by the discussion with professor Hans Sønderstrup-Andersen and professor Margarita V. Popova was made.

The  program of the visit of group of professors from  Roskilde University included:

  • Meeting titled “Social entrepreneurship as an illustration of applying the activity theory in social practice”, devoted to demonstrating and discussing the best practices of social entrepreneurship in Moscow (November, 15);
  • Visit to school #91 with lessons` demonstration and presentation  of practical realization of developing training in the framework of Vasily V. Davydov`s system (November, 16);
  • Excursion to the Psychological Institute of the Russian Academy of Education (PI RAE) with a discussion on the topic: “Outstanding psychologists of Moscow. The development of the fundamental traditions of cultural-historical and activity research in PI RAE nowadays (November, 16);
  • Visit to the MSUPE Center for psycho-pedagogical expertize of game and toy with a discussion on the potential of the playground as a mediator of cultural-historical and activity research (November, 17).

Also, on November, 17 Associate Professor of the Department of People and Technology of Roskilde University Niklas Chimirri gave a special open lecture for MSUPE students and staff devoted to “The program of social psychology at Roskilde University”.

In the framework of the round table “Current cross-cultural studies in education” organized by the Chair of Ethnopsychology and Psychological Problems in Multicultural Education Dr. Rashmi Singla presented a special report “On the problem of diversity in modern society”.  The report was followed by active discussion with participants as well as by brief presentations of the current students` research projects.

During the meetings that took place in the framework of the visit, perspective possibilities for future cooperation were formulated. Among the most actual – is joint preparation of the application on RUC – MSUPE Erasmus+ credit & teaching and staff mobility for the next period as a resource for co-implementation of international educational program based on fundamental theory and practice of cultural-historical & activity psychology and problem project pedagogy.



We   express the deep gratitude to  our colleges in Denmark: Prof. Hans Sønderstrup-Andersen; Associate Prof. Rashmi Singla; Associate Prof. Niklas Chimirri for cooperation and kind visit to MSUPE.

Heartfelt thanks to Prof. Margarita V. Popova for the active participation in the organization of this project and great support in its` implementation.

Special thanks to our colleagues: Galina V. Sukhova (PI RAE), Natalya. Yu. Krasavina (School #91), Anna V. Tikhomirova (MSUPE Center for social projecting), Oleg E. Huhlaev (MSUPE), Aleksey A. Gontarenko (MSUPE UNESCO Chair), Elena O. Smirnova (Center for psycho-pedagogical expertize of game and toy) for their contribution in organizing the program of the visit.

MSUPE is welcoming international exchange students

In the fall-winter semester 2017/18 academic year 21 international students came to study to our University within the framework of international agreements on academic exchanges between the Moscow State University of Psychology & Education and foreign partner Universities in Italy and People’s Republic of China.

The students have started their studies at the faculty foreign languages MSUPE. 9 students of the First University of Roma “Sapienza” (Italy), 2 students of the University of Urbino “Carlo Bo” (Italy) and 10 students of Changchun University (China) will study Russian language, culture and literature during the semester, and at the end will confirm acquired knowledge in graduation tests (exams).

In the framework of the welcoming meeting, students introduced themselves, and told about their love to Russian culture and dream to come to study in our country. We want to emphasize the high starting level of Russian speaking language of all students and wish them a successful and inspirational learning experience in MSUPE!

Professor Fyodor Vasilyuk. An irreparable loss

On September 17, 2017 psychology suffered an irreparable loss – Fyodor Efimovich Vasilyuk, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Head of the Department of Individual and Group Psychotherapy of Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, founder of the Department of Psychological Counseling and his permanent dean for 15 years, the president of the Association of Understanding Psychotherapy, the Leading research fellow of the Laboratory of Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy of Psychological Institute of the Russian Academy of Education.

Fyodor Vasilyuk is the creator of Russia’s first Center for Psychological Counseling and Psychotherapy, Russia’s first psychotherapy magazine – Moscow Psychotherapeutic Journal, Russia’s first faculty of Psychological Counseling.

Fyodor Vasilyuk – the founder of the school of understanding psychotherapy, the author of one of the most quoted and authoritative monographs in the Russian psychology “Psychology of Experiencing” translated into many languages, the author of the book “Experiencing and Prayer”. Fyodor Efimovich made a great contribution to the development of Christian anthropology, psychology and psychotherapy, focusing on the ultimate experiences of man and his spiritual quest.

The psychological community mourns the untimely death of Fyodor Vasilyuk and expresses deep condolences to his family and relatives.

The 7th ISCAR Summer University

The 7th ISCAR Summer University for PhD students & young scholars was held in Moscow State University of Psychology & Education on July, 3 – 8, 2017. The program brought together professors & young scholars from all over the world to discuss different aspects of theory & methodology of cultural-historical psychology & activity approach.

The ISCAR SU program included lectures, seminars and discussion sessions by leading world experts in the field of cultural-historical psychology:

• «Cultural-historical scientific school: the issues that L.S. Vygotsky brought up» (Rubtsov V.V. – Rector of MSUPE, Professor, Head of the International UNESCO Chair “Cultural-historical psychology of childhood”, Russia)
• «On the modern approaches to studies of learning and development in tradition of cultural-historical scientific school» (Daniels H.R. – Professor of Education at Oxford University, Director of the Centre for Sociocultural and Activity Theory Research, UK)
• «Value aspect in intercultural communication» (Metropolitan Ignatius (Pologrudov S.G.), Metropolitan of Argentina and South America, PhD in Psychology, Argentina)
• «Cultural-historical psychology. Introduction into the basic concepts of the theory»
• «Perezhivanie as a psychological phenomenon and theoretical concept» (Veresov N.N. – Member of the Executive Committee of ISCAR, Professor at Monash University, Australia)
• «On the reconstruction of the fundamental theoretical and methodological principles of the theory of L.S. Vygotsky in modern social and scientific contexts» (Dafermos E. – Member of the Executive Committee of ISCAR, Associate Professor in Epistemology of Psychology at the Department of Psychology, The University of Crete, Greece)

Also the ISCAR SU program included following round tables:

• «Modern research in the scientific school of L.S. Vygotsky: challenges and perspectives» (Moderators: Dafermos E. – Member of the Executive Committee of ISCAR, Professor at the University of Crete (Greece), Veresov N.N. – Member of the Executive Committee of ISCAR, Professor at Monash University (Australia), Rubtsova O.V. Assistant Professor at Moscow State University of Psychology & Education (Russia))
• «Applying cultural-historical theory in social practices» (Moderators: Alekhina S.V. – Head of the Institute of Integrated (Inclusive) Education Problems of MSUPE (Russia), Porter J. – Professor of Education at the University of Reading (UK), Kloetzer L. – Assistant Professor at the Centre for Research in Sociocultural Psychology, University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland), Fidalgo S. – Professor at the Federal University of São Paulo (Brazil));

and special activities:

• «Cultural-historical psychology and activity approach as the basis of pedagogical education practices. Implementing the project of teacher education modernization in Russian Federation» (Margolis A.A. – First Vice-Rector of MSUPE, Professor of International UNESCO Chair MSUPE “Cultural-historical psychology of childhood”, Russia)
• «Reading and understanding L.S. Vygotsky “Historical meaning of psychological crisis» (Dafermos E. – Member of the Executive Committee of ISCAR, Professor at the University of Crete, Greece).

In the framework of ISCAR SU 2017 scientific projects of all young scholars – participants were presented.

The ISCAR SU 2017 materials are published in a special collection of abstracts in English language.

Learn more about the ISCAR SU on the official website:

Erasmus Staff Training Week in Romania

On April, 24 – 28 2017 MSUPE specialists (Igor Barkan - Office of International Affairs, Valeria Shorokhova - Department of Cross-cultural Psychology and Intercultural education) took part in the Erasmus Staff Training Week 4th edition organized by the West University of Timișoara (Universitatea de Vest din Timişoara, Romania). 

The Training week joined representatives from 26 universities of European Union and partner countries (Bulgaria, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Macedonia, Poland, Spain, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegowina, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, South Africa, Serbia).
The programme contained: acquaintance with the West University of Timișoara, presentations of participant universities, the Erasmus+ programmes’ presentation, job shadowing sessions, different social and networking activities.
Erasmus Staff Training Week gave MSUPE participants an opportunity to:

  • discuss the perspectives of educational and scientific collaboration with the staff members of the Faculty of Sociology and Psychology and Dr. D. Moza, a specialist working in the area of cross-cultural and social psychology;
  • sign a Cooperation Agreement between MSUPE and West University of Timișoara;
  • complete an Erasmus+ assignment agreement to West University of Timișoara for MSUPE students and professors on the fall semester;
  • complete an Erasmus+ assignment agreement to MSUPE for West University of Timișoara students on the fall semester;
  • schedule a visit agreement to MSUPE for Dr. M.L. Năchescu, West University of Timişoara International strategy coordinator.

Moscow State University of Psychology & Education express gratitude to colleagues in West University of Timișoara for the interesting and informative programme and is looking forward for further cooperation!

On April 3-7 in the framework of Erasmus+ teaching mobility program 2016-2021 a group of professors of Moscow State University of Psychology & Education visited the University of Roskilde (Denmark). Organization of the program became possible because of the EU funding of the joint project for teaching staff international mobility between MSUPE and University of Roskilde.

MSUPE was represented by: Head of the Department of Ethnopsychology and Psychological Problems of Multicultural Education - Oleg Khukhlaev, Head of Information and Analytical Department – Anna Shvedovskaya, and the Head of MSUPE Center for Evidence-Based Social Design – Anna Tikhomirova.

O.E. Khukhlaev, A. V. Tikhomirova, A. A. Shvedovskaya,E. Schraube, H.Sønderstrup-Andersen

The educational model of the University of Roskilde is built on a project-oriented and problem-solving approach to the education and management of the educational organization. The program of the visit was aimed at the presentation of experience and ongoing projects of the University of Roskilde. Key activities of the program included: the participation of the MSUPE specialists in the work of project student groups in the framework of the educational process, acquaintance with the scientific institutes and centers included in the University structure, discussion of mutually interesting professional topics, and lecturing. During the program, along with a presentation of MSUPE for the audience of Roskilde staff and students, the MSUPE specialists gave the following lectures for the students:

Perceptions and attitudes about European issues and values among Russian bachelor students (qualitative research within the framework of Erasmus + project. (O.E. Khukhlaev)
«Developing the ideas of cultural-historical approach: 10 years of scientific publications» (А.А. Shvedovskaja)
«Evidence-based approach and integration of professional competencies as the basis of social design» (А.V. Tikhomirova)

During the visit MSUPE representatives made a presentation about MSUPE, the VII International Summer University ISCAR for postgraduate students and young scholars was announced, as well as several proposals for the development of inter-university cooperation were made.

The mobility program participants emphasize the depth and richness of academic programs and special impressions from exploring the educational space of the University: "Walking around the campus is a special pleasure: Pleasant panoramic windows of the library overlooking the mini lake; Admirable enthusiastic students who are engaged in specially designed spaces for projects called "khuzy"; Hammocks in working areas and well-organized space in the offices of professors; The presence of a kindergarten with a flexible system of discounts for parent-students is also a pleasant moment. There is a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere, but at the same time it is an active working atmosphere. "

We express our deep gratitude to our colleagues in Denmark, in particular, Hans Sønderstrup-Andersen, the Head of the Training Department of the Institute of People and Technology of the University of Roskilde, to Hans-Sønderstrup-Andersen, to professors Rashmi Singla and Ernst Schraube for their cooperation and brilliant organization of the program! We express our special gratitude to our compatriot, Professor Margarita Vladimirovna Popova, who is currently an employee of Roskilde University, for her active participation in the organization of this project and support at all stages of its implementation!

The staff of the University of Roskilde will visit MSUPE in October 2017 with a return visit.

XIII Conference on Psychology of Education

On the April 25-26 at the Moscow State University of Psychology and Education (MSUPE) leading Russian educators and psychologists discussed the actual problems of the work of school psychological services in the framework of the XIII All-Russian Scientific and Practical Conference “Psychology of Education: The teacher-psychologist in the world of school “.

More than 300 representatives of educational organizations, centers of psychological, pedagogical and medico-social support, pedagogical and psychological universities and other specialists took part in the conference. They discussed the approbation and implementation of the professional standard “Teacher-psychologist (psychologist in the field of education)”, professional training of school teachers-psychologists and the organization of the work of the psychological service in the educational system.

Special attention was paid to psychological work with children with problems in development, as well as to the mental health of school children.

“The world of childhood in modern society has faced the new risks. This is the spread among the students of the forms of dangerous “leisure”, as well as the involvement of adolescents in illegal movements, violence against children, bullying and cyberbullying, generated by the digital world. These challenges are a real danger to the lives and health of children, especially to the mental and psychological health. That’s why we, the representatives of the professional community, will have to define strategies and mechanisms to minimize the impact of such risks on children, ” – Vitaly Rubtsov, rector of MSUPE, told the RIA news.

He also noted the relevance of such problems as social and educational inclusion of various categories of children; depressive, suicidal, deviant behavior in adolescents; problems of orphans and children with special needs and disability.

“The request of a childhood for professional help is very high. Teams of adults should protect the younger generation, especially, the experts in the field of education. We need to develop more vigorously the complex of sciences about education, including the psychology of education, pedagogical, social sciences. At the same time, it is increadibly important for work with childhood to be interdepartmental and interdisciplinary, ” – Vitaly Rubtsov said.

The 6th ISCAR Summer University

On June 28-July 3, 2016 the 6th International Summer University for PhD students & young scholars “Cultural-historical psychology: interdisciplinary research perspectives” was held in Moscow State University of Psychology & Education with the support of the International Society for Cultural-historical Activity Research (ISCAR).
According the tradition of ISCAR Summer Universities held in MSUPE since 2010, the event brought together international experts in the field of cultural-historical theory & activity approach & participants from all over the world.
See more on ISCAR SU official website.