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.
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.
- 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