The Institute of Geoinformation Technologies and Geography (former the Faculty of Geography until 2022) was founded in 1982. Scholars of the Lomonosov Moscow State University played an instrumental role in its evolvement. Today, the Institute is the largest education and science centre in the Russian Federation for releasing qualified personnel in the field of geography, land management and cadastre, cartography and geoinformatics, tourism, ecology and nature management. 
The Institute has a highly-skilled teaching staff. 91,4% of lecturers are holders of academic degrees, titles and accolades.
In 2021, all academic programmes have successfully passed public and professional accreditation. Graduates of the Institute are actively engaged in research and teaching at the Institute of Geography under the Russian Academy of Sciences, the State University of Land Use Planning, St. Petersburg Mining University, Smolensk State University, etc.

Resources and facilities
Apart from academic departments the Institute incorporates a number of specific structural units: the Research Institute of Ecology, the Scientific and Production Centre for Environmental Studies, the Laboratory of Geomatics and Monitoring of Metageosystems, an automated environmental and meteorological station, the laboratory of aerospace methods, the laboratory of land use planning design, the laboratory of strategic planning, the soil and geochemical laboratory, tailored computer classes, the Museum of Mineralogy, a small innovative enterprise «Geoline». 

Practical training
The signature feature of the academic programmes «Geography», «Environmental study and Nature Management», «Tourism» is on-the-job practical trainings in the regions of Russia, near and far abroad: Karelia, the Urals, Crimea, the Caucasus, Lake Baikal, Belarus, Turkey, Serbia, etc. Curricular practical trainings are also organised at leading enterprises of Mordovia, Russia and abroad.

The Institute has concluded cooperation agreements with specialised organisations, research centres and universities. Employers act as experts of the degree programmes taught, review syllabi of disciplines and practices, work as guest-lecturers, and members of State Examination Board.
Strands of research and practical activity of the SME Geoline are as follows: land management, cadastral and cartographic activities; 
Research Institute of Environmental studies: development of project documentation in the field of environmental protection and information services in the environmental management and environmental protection; 
Scientific and Production Centre for Environmental Studies deals with environmental substantiation of urban planning documentation, expertise of environmental projects, engineering and environmental surveys in construction engineering; 
The laboratory of Geoinformation Systems is engaged in the introduction of new geoinformation technologies into the learning and teaching, thematic mapping; 
The laboratory of aerospace mapping methods looks into thematic decoding of satellite images.
The young scientists of the Institute publish more than 150 research papers annually.
The further development of academic programmes should go in line with the Mission of the University. The most important thing is the development of digital technologies and project activities on the basis of the Federal Innovation Platform «Digital Technologies in Education for planning sustainable development of regions».