On July 9, 1899 a royal edict to open the Eastern Institute was issued.
On October 21, 1899 the Eastern Institute was established. Emperor Nicholas II congratulated the new institution, wishing it success and prosperity. A.M. Pozdneev was appointed the first Head of the Institute.
The Faculty of History and Philology, a private institution, and the Higher Polytechnic Institute were opened with the support of the Eastern Institute.
In 1920, the Eastern Institute and several private educational institutions were united into the Far Eastern State University (FESU). It included three departments: the Eastern Faculty, the Faculty of History and Philology, and the Faculty of Social Sciences.
In 1930, Far Eastern Polytechnic Institute was established from the base of the Vladivostok Higher Polytechnic Institute. It later became the Far Eastern State Technical University (FESTU).
In 1954, the Ussuriysk Teacher’s Institute, established in 1909 as Nickolsk-Ussuriysk women’s teaching seminary, was turned into the Ussuriysk State Pedagogical Institute (USPI).
In 1956, FESU was renamed as the Far Eastern National University, and included five academic departments: the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics, the Faculty of History and Philology, the Faculty of Biology, the Faculty of Medicine, and the Faculty of Romano-Germanic Philology.
A period of rapid internationalization and transformation of FENU into one of the best institutions of higher education in Russia.
In 1964, the Vladivostok Branch of the Plekhanov Moscow Institute of the National Economy was established. In 1968, it became an independent institution – the Far Eastern Institute of Soviet Trade. The name of the institution changed multiple times. In 2004, it finally became the Pacific State University of Economics (PSUE).
On October 7, 2010 Vladimir V. Miklushevsky, Doctor of Engineering, was appointed President of the University.
On December 17th, 2010 the Government of the Russian Federation approved the FEFU Development Program, to run through 2019. The FEFU development strategy is based on integrating the natural science knowledge of a classical university education with engineering and modern innovations in information technology.
On January 27th, 2011 the Russian Federation’s Minister of Education and Science signed an order uniting the four educational institutions of FENU, FESTU, PSUE and USPI into Far Eastern Federal University.
In July 2012 S.V. Ivanets became President of the Far Eastern Federal University
In September 2012, the APEC summit was held at the new FEFU campus on Russky Island.
November 2012: British ranking agency Quacquarelli Symonds awards FEFU with the main prize in Self-presentation nomination at The 8th QS-APPLE Conference and Exhibition.
July 1, 2013: Commissioning of the FEFU Medical Center, a state-of-the-art fully featured medical institution. The total floor area of the Medical Center exceeds 20 thousand sq.m..
July 2013: FEFU joins the list of fifteen universities selected by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science to receive government funding aimed to support their entry of the international university rankings.
September 2013: A new academic year starts at the FEFU Campus on the Russky Island; Russian President Vladimir Putin sends his greetings on this occasion to both the students and the faculty.
September 2014: 40% of the FEFU students come from 75 regions of Russia. Over 2000 international students come from 35 countries of the world. November 2014: Russian President Vladimir Putin visits a newly commissioned FEFU Laboratory Building where most of the large scientific labs with an international level experimental equipment are located.
November 2014: FEFU International Student Recruitment Brochure receives The Gold Award at The 10th QS-APPLE Conference and Exhibition.
President of Russia, V.V. Putin, noted that it would be comfortable and enjoyable for students to study in such a good environment.
June 2015: In The Russian National Ranking of Universities for academic year 2014/15 FEFU reaches the 25th position, one position above previous year’s result.
November 2015: Image video of the Far Eastern Federal University receives a Silver Award at the XI Quacquarelli Symonds Asia Pacific Professional Leaders in Education Conference and Exhibition.
The most important task at the present stage of development is improving the FEFU international competitiveness among the world's scientific and educational centers. The University consistently carries out its tasks under the 5top100 national project in research, education, internationalization and strengthens its position in the QS World University Rankings. In 2016 FEFU moved up to the band of universities which take places from 551 to 600; the University is also ranked in the Top 100 of the QS University Rankings: Emerging Europe and Central Asia, QS University Rankings: BRICS and four QS World University Rankings by Subject.
Far Eastern Federal University today is the center of attraction for talented and dedicated young people. The unique campus, educational programs focused on the study of the Asia-Pacific region, an intense research and international agenda: all this attracts thousands of entrants from all over the country. In 2016 FEFU received representatives of 75 subjects of the Russian Federation, and the percentage of the enrolled freshmen from outside of Primorye amounted to 40%. 24,000 students in total study on the higher education programs.
The leading HE institution of the region is rapidly gaining popularity in the world, increasing its international competitiveness and recognition. Starting from 2011 Far Eastern Federal University has increased the number of international students tenfold, having admitted 3000 nationals of 52 countries in 2016. Today the world map of the FEFU students covers five continents.