Rostov State University, the largest and most prestigious in southern Russia, dates to 1869 when the Russian Imperial University was founded in Warsaw. During WW1, the university was moved to Rostov-on-Don, where it became the scientific center of the North Caucasus region. Since 1930, the university has trained students from 91 countries, as well as many prominent Russian scientists, journalists and authors (e.g. Alexander Solzhenitsyn). Its School of Philology and Journalism, which oversees the Russian translation of the Project Klebnikov website, maintains strong ties with New York University and the European Institute of Mass Communications (Germany).
In 2003, the Russian-American Journalism Institute was created as a joint program of Rostov, NYU and Ithaca College. RAJI unites Russian and American students and faculty for reporting assignments, as well as an exchange of ideas on how journalism is taught and practiced in both countries.