On March 15, 1964, by a decree of the Council of Ministers of the BSSR, the Minsk Radio Engineering Institute (MREI) was established in Minsk. Its scientific activities were carried out within the research sector under the direct supervision of the Vice-Rector for research and development.

From 1966 to 1979, the management of scientific divisions was carried out by Vice-Rectors for research and develoopment: Morozov Mstislav Georgievich (1966-1967), Shushkevich Stanislav Stanislavovich (1967 – 1971), Chernyshev Valery Olegovich (1971 – 1974), Lukyanets Stepan Valerianovich (1974-1979).

Originally, scientific research focused on three directions:

  • optimization of wireless device components;
  • microelectronics;
  • historical, economic and social problems of radio engineering industry.

The year of 1966 witnessed the signing of the first economic agreements, the implementation of which led to the introduction of the national economy of the Republic. Inventive activity is successfully developing – already in 1967, the first application for an invention was submitted, and the author's certificate of the USSR No. 228072 "Transit multivibrator" was obtained (authors: Klyuev L. L, Shpota S. D., Karpushkin E. M.). By 1970, there were completed developments that were exhibited at the VDNKh of the USSR and were awarded a medal and diplomas.

By the mid-70s, the volume and number of executed economic contracts in the interests of industrial enterprises of the USSR and the BSSR began to increase rapidly.

In 1976, the subjects of scientific research faced a dramatic expansion starting to focus on seven directions:

  • electromagnetic compatibility;
  • integrated circuitry in radio receivers;
  • electrolytic and plasma processes in microelectronics;
  • optimization of constructive parameters of radio equipment considering performance effects;
  • examination and development of special-purpose ECM;
  • formulation of the issues of ACS design and the methods of system research;
  • examination of nonlinear and fixed automatic systems.

In 1979, the management of R&D sector goes to Muravyov Valentin Vladimirovich, now a Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor, a corresponding member of NAS of Belarus, honored worker of science and technology of the Republic of Belarus, who was holding this position until March 2004.

A significant year in the history of the formation and development of research activities was 1987 – according to the results of social competitions on research and specialist training, MRTE was ranked among the leading universities of the Soviet Union. In the same year, the R&D sector was transformed into the R&D unit.

The late 80's see the work being done to reorient research activities, that had been previously performed on special topics, to address the economic and environmental problems of the Republic. We are actively working to find sources of funding and increase the volume of fundamental, prediscovery and applied research.


In 1988, MRTI entered the international arena in terms of education and science. Previously, this type of cooperation hadn’t been possible due to a special status of the University, which performed more than 70% of research in the interests of defense and, actually, didn’t allow foreigners. The University became actively visited by foreign delegations, faced a dramatic increase in the number of agreements on sci-tech cooperation for knowledge exchange on which basis mutual scientific internships were held and participation in international conferences and seminars was organized. Now we can present research and development directions of the university outside the country.

Over the following years, the volume of export deliveries of scientific and technical products and services to foreign high-tech markets was increasing, and their geography has expanded significantly. Along with the Chinese and Indian organizations which became the first parties to international contracts in 1994 and 1997, sci-tech organizations from such countries as Korea, Libya, Germany, Italy, Poland, the United States, Slovakia, Russia, Ukraine, and Armenia became trade and economic partners.

From 2004 to 2016, the R&D unit was headed by the Vice-Rector for research, a Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor Alexander Kuznetsov, who continued the adopted strategy for the development of scientific and innovative activities.

From September 2016 to August 2021, the R&D unit was headed by a PhD and Associate Professor Anatoly Osipov.

Since September 2021, the R&D unit was headed by a PhD and Associate Professor Viktor Stempitsky.

Today, the R&D unit boasts a high scientific and technical potential, an up-to-date research base and the novel experimental equipment that allows comprehensive research in strategic areas of activity to ensure the quality of research and development.

Innovative scientific activities carried out by BSUIR correspond to the priority directions of sci-tech development of the country. Annually, over 350 scientific topics by the assignments of State Programs, Foundation for basic research, Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus, and by economic contracts with industrial enterprises and organizations.

Scientists of the university have received more than 3,000 copyright certificates and patents for inventions and utility models. As for the results of scientific activity, the scientists are annually awarded diplomas of prestigious international and national exhibitions and competitions for their developments.