The National Mineral Resources University, formerly known as the Mining Institute
St. Petersburg, (the Technical University), located at 2 Twenty-First Line of Vasilievsky Island is the oldest technical institution of higher education in Russia. It was established in 1773 as the Mining College and renamed the Mining Cadet Corps in 1804. It was called the Mining Institute in 1833-34. It became the Institute of the Mining Engineer Corps in 1834. It was again called the Mining Institute in 1866. The Mining Institute was named after G. V. Plekhanov in 1956, who studied at the institute from 1874 to 1876. The institute has born its current name since 1992. Academics А. А. Borisyak, A. P. German, I. M. Gubkin, A. N. Zavaritsky, A. P. Karpinsky, N. S. Kurnakov, V. A. Obruchev, M. A. Pavlov, A. A. Skochinsky, A. M. Terpigorev, E. S. Fedorov are among the graduates of the Mining Institute. In 2002, the State Mining Institute consisted of the following faculties: the Geological-Exploration Faculty, Mining Faculty, Mining-Electromechanical Faculty, Faculty of Metallurgy, Faculty of Subterranean Development, Faculty of Economics. The institute has branches in Vorkuta, Inta, Kirishi, and educational and consultancy branches in mining-industrial regions. The institute has developed business contacts with scientific and educational institutions in many countries. The State Mining Institute has the Mining Museum with a unique collection of minerals, one of the biggest museums of minerals in the world. The building of the Mining Institute is constructed in the Empire architectural style (1806-11; architect A. N. Voronikhin; sculptures near the colonnade of the gala front were executed by sculptor S. S. Pimenov; bas-reliefs on mythological subjects were executed by sculptor V. I. Demut-Malinovsky and the plafond of the Columned hall was executed by D. Scotti. The Hall of Caryatids and the Wings (1820-29) were designed by architect A. I. Postnikov.).