At the beginning of the Perestroika period* about a thousand different educational institutions were founded, and the overwhelming majority of them hasn’t withstood the test of time. But your university is not one of them. It has survived the most difficult times and now it has both feet on the floor. Most of the credit for it, obviously, goes to your Rector Vladimir A. Zernov whom I know really well and who is a good friend of mine. He is a PhysTech** graduate which leaves a certain mark on his approach to work, staff recruitment and other aspects of the university’s functioning.
Professor Zernov is one of the most esteemed representatives of the scientific community. From my point of view, he managed to find a reasonable balance between scientific and pedagogical components of education. The university implements scientific research in a broad range of disciplines, the Rector’s firm hand is tangible.
On the occasion of the jubilee I wish Vladimir A. Zernov great success, health and steady management of the university on the way toward worthy and right goals.
President of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Vladimir E. Fortov
* Perestroika (1985-1991) – a political movement for reformation within the Communist Party of the Soviet Union during the 1980s, widely associated with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and his glasnost (meaning "openness") policy reform. The literal meaning of perestroika is “restructuring”, referring to the restructuring of the Soviet political and economic system.
** PhysTech – an informal name of Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, a leading Russian University that prepares specialists in theoretical and applied physics, applied mathematics, and related disciplines.