Irkutsk State Agrarian University named after A.A. Ezhevsky was established in 1934 as Irkutsk Agricultural Institute. It was located in the old building in Timiryazev Street, 59 and consisted of four faculties: agronomy, zoo technology, veterinary and agricultural mechanization. At that time Irkutsk State Agrarian University was the only agrarian university on the territory of Eastern Siberia.
In 1957 the Institute began training the citizens of the Mongolian People's Republic for the highest qualifications, and in 1973 the personnel of the Ministry of Agriculture and scientific-pedagogical employees of the Mongolian People's Republic practiced at the Institute for the first time. The next development stage of the University was the construction of new academic buildings and dormitories, so the University gradually acquired a modern look.
In 1979 the University opened the Chita affiliation for part-time education and in 2000 it became ZabaikalskyAgrarian Institute. In 1996 Irkutsk Agricultural Institute got the status of the Academy. In 2002 the Academy became Irkutsk State Academy of Agriculture.
For 80 years the University trained about 50,000 professionals for agricultural and industrial complex in Siberia and other regions of Russia as well as for other countries. The graduates of the University work successfully in Russia and abroad.
For a great and effective educational work as well as for significant scientific activities the University was awarded the Order of Red Banner of Labor of the Mongolian People's Republic in 1984 and in 1985 it got the Order of Friendship of Peoples.
Through the history, the University trained more than 550 highly-qualified specialists for foreign countries: Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China, Afghanistan, Syria, Bulgaria, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Vietnam, Uzbekistan etc. Among them there are the graduates who became leading specialists in the field of agriculture. Here are the examples:
B. Binie – Head of the department of politics and planning of food supply and agriculture, Mongolia;
Kh. Khurmetkhan – Deputy Minister of Finances, Mongolia;
S. Tuul – Main specialist of tax inspection, Mongolia;
E. Tegshee – Specialist of Ministry of Forestry and Game Management, Mongolia;
Ya.Oyunbileg – Main specialist for agricultural politics of Darkhan-Uul area, Mongolia;
I.Khanymkhan – Specialist of Ministry of Finances and others, Mongolia.
Now Irkutsk State Agricultural University named after A.A. Ezhevsky is a modern multidisciplinary university with strong human, scientific and educational potential. Irkutsk SAU consists of 5 institutions: Zabaikal Agrarian Institute, Institute of Economics, Management and Applied Informatics, Institute of natural resource management, Institute of additional professional education and Institute of physical culture, sport and healthy lifestyle. There are 4 faculties of: agronomy, biotechnology and veterinary medicine, engineering and energy; a college of motor transport and agricultural technologies.
The university has multi-level system of education: secondary vocational education, higher education (bachelor’s degree, specialist’s degree, master’s degree) and PhD. Irkutsk SAU trains specialists for 59 basic educational programs: 20specialties of higher education including 18 directions of bachelor’s degree, 12 directions of master's degree and 10 specialties of vocational education, and also 7 scientific specialties. In addition, university trains specialists in the field of additional professional education (APE), provides training in professional retraining programs (over 500 class hours) and professional development.
Irkutsk SAU has a highly qualified teaching staff of which 77% have PhD and Doctors of science degrees. The quantity of students is about 7 500, including more than 200 international students from Mongolia, China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, USA, Germany and Republic of Korea. Annually International students from Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, France and Mongolia do the exchange practice at the University. University has a famous museum founded at 1950 with hundreds of exceptional exhibits of wild animal and birds are represented. University has some places intended for outdoor practice situated in the wildlife area near Lake Baikal. University’s campus guarantees the comfortable and safe communities as it is situated outside of the city, in the environment-friendly country. University has 9 student’s dorms, a good gymnasium and a stadium, weight-room and a tennis court, swimming pool, skiing center, student’s cafeterias.
Irkutsk SAU is a member of some international societies and organizations such as:
The Greater Tumangan Initiative;
Irkutsk regional cultural-enlightenment institution Alliance Française;
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD);
“Agriculture and Ecological Balance with Eastern Europe” LOGO e.V.