The establishment and development (1773-1803) of the Mining School
On October 21th (November 1st), 1773 the Empress Catherine the Great wrote the Decree on foundation of the Mining Engineering School "so it be " putting into life Peter the First and M.V. Lomonosov’s ideas of training engineers for the development of mining and metallurgy. This date became not only the birthday of the Mining University, but also the birthday of all Russian higher technical education.
The Mining Cadet’s Corps
In 1804 the School was reorganized into the Cadet’s Corps. Soon they started construction of a complex of new buildings designed by A.N. Voronikhin and by 1811 a majestic architectural ensemble appeared on the embankment, the main entrance was decorated with the Twelve-columnar classical portico and sculptures of "Hercules strangling Antaeus " and "The stealing of Proserpina” made by Pimenov S.S. and Demut-Malinovsky V.I.

The Mining Cadet’s Corps was a higher educational institution of closed type which had similarities with military cadet’s corps. The Mining Cadet’s Corps was one of the leaders of the country in order of importance, breadth and depth of knowledge in general-theoretical and applied sciences and since 1806 it had the status of a university.

In 1817 the Russian Mineralogical Society was founded at the Mining Cadet’s Corps. It is one of the oldest world scientific communities, which has been publishing its own journal "Notes of the Mineralogical Society" since 1842. In 1818 there was established a joint Museum ("The Museum") uniting mineral, physical and modeling study offices.

In 1825 at the initiative of the Mining Cadet’s Corps there was founded "The Mining Journal". It was the world’s oldest mining technical journal, publishing works of such famous academic figures as Anosov P.P., Chebyshev P.L., Mendeleev D.I. and many others.

The Institute of the Corps of Mining Engineers
Since March 1833 the Mining Cadet’s Corps was renamed as the Institute of Mining Engineers Corps, and in 1866 it became the Mining Institute
Petersburg Mining Institute
Petersburg Mining Institute was an open higher education institution. Under the Charter of 1866 the Mining Institute became an open technical higher educational institution of the first rank, teaching mining and basic theoretical subjects with five-year term of apprenticeship. The children of the privileged classes and small amount of peasants and commoners studied there.

It is well known that the concept of the mineral resources complex as "the most important part of the economic development of our state” appeared in the reign of Alexander III. This concept was developed by professors and teachers of the Mining Institute which was the only design office for the mining industry at that time. They discovered a gold field in Alaska and hundreds deposits of other useful minerals, designed plants, mining and metallurgical production lines, the Blagovetshensky Bridge, Nikolaevskaya railways, and even the spire of the Saint-Peter and Paul Fortress.
The Petrograd Mining Institute
In 1917 the Mining Institute was renamed to the Petrograd Mining Institute, and in 1924 it became the Leningrad Mining Institute (LMI). LMI became a polytechnic higher educational institution and trained highly qualified experts and researchers for geology, mining and metallurgy.
Titles of the university
  • 1773 — The Mining School
  • 1804 — The Mining Cadet’s Corps
  • 1833 — The Mining Institute
  • 1834 — The Institute of the Corps of Mining Engineers
  • 1866 — The Mining Institute of the Empress Cathrine the Great
  • 1921 — The Leningrad Mining Institute
  • 1930 — The Leningrad higher geological prospecting school
  • 1930 — The Leningrad Geological Prospecting Institute and the Educational Combine
  • 1931 — The Leningrad Mining Institute
  • 1956 — The Leningrad Mining Institute after G.V. Plekhanov
  • 1992 — The Saint-Petersburg State Mining Institute after G.V. Plekhanov
  • 2000 — The Saint-Petersburg State Mining Institute after G.V. Plekhanov (Technical University)
  • 2011 — The Saint-Petersburg State Mining University (Union with the North-Western correspondence technical university)
  • 2012 — National Mineral Resources University Mining
  • 2016 — Saint-Petersburg Mining University