1811 – The Imperial Tsarskosel'sky Lyceum
The North-West Institute of Management is a successor of educational traditions which had been rooted in the XIX century. At that time the Imperial Tsarskosel'sky Lyceum was founded by the Order of the Russian Emperor Alexander I. It was the first institution in Russia for training of state servants. Study program was equal with an university program: it included both humanitarian and exact sciences, because reforms of that time demanded people with fundamental all-round education. More than one-third of its graduates have become prominent, distinguished state servants, diplomats, military people, writers and poets, whose names are written in the Russian history forever: Alexander Pushkin, world-known great Russian poet; Alexander Gorchakov, Russian diplomat; Fyodor Matyushkin, admiral and senator, and many others.
1918 – University of workers and peasants named by Zinoviev
The Lyceum was abolished after the February Revolution of 1917: the new state system demanded new state servants trained according to other principles. So at the beginning of XX century the task was so global and difficult to achieve as never before: to create an educational system with a new ideology which would allow to train professional managers within a short period of time. So, party schools and universities were founded almost in all big cities in Russia. University of workers and peasants named by Zinoviev was founded in 1918 in Petrograd (now Saint-Petersburg). It became one of the leading institution in Russia. Up to 1933 the University had prepared about 20 000 graduates who were directed to all the regions of the USSR, took positions in authorities of the region and province levels.
1956 – Leningrad High Party School
A new need in professional managers appeared after the Second World war. The Leningrad High Party School was founded in 1956 in the Taurida Palace in Leningrad (now Saint-Petersburg). It was one of the leading institutions in USSR. Training and development of professional skills of party and soviet officials with regard to priority directions of state policy were the main task of the Institution. About 6-8 thousands of party and soviet officials and journalists studied and developed their professional skills at the Leningrad High Party School annually.
1991 – North-West Academy of Public Administration
After the dissolution of the USSR in December 1991 the global task was set again: to train professional staff for free market economy. The process of creation of new institutions named "training centers" started by the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation - so the North-West training center was founded in 1991. It was the Institution for training and development of professional skills of officials for state and municipal authorities. The training center was reorganized into North-West Academy of Public Administration on the 26th of April 1995.
2010 – North-West Institute of Management of RANEPA
An ambitious reform in the field of the education of public officials was held in 2010. According to this reform a new institution – the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration was founded.
This foundation involved the merger of two previously existing academies: The Academy of National Economy (ANE), which was established in 1977, and the Russian Academy of Public Administration (RAPA), established in 1991. Each of the merged academies had already earned reputations as leaders in training Russia's political elite. From the moment of its creation in 1977, ANE prided itself as a breeding ground for future ministers. With the fall of the Soviet Union, ANE changed its strategic model to providing high-quality business education for a new generation of leaders by becoming an institute of higher education that offers a wide array of academic opportunities in management. Likewise, RAPA has traditionally been a national leader in providing public management training for current and future state and municipal civil servants.
This merger also brought together 12 other state educational institutions for public officials in different cities of Russia. One of these institutions was North-West Academy of Public Administration, which became the largest branch of RANEPA as the North-West Institute of Management, located in St. Petersburg.