Mission and values

Over more than two decades, the International Chodiev Foundation has worked tirelessly to transform the lives of children and people in need around the world.

Established in 1996 with the initial objective of providing grants and scholarship programmes to assist students of MGIMO, the International Chodiev Foundation has since evolved into a global philanthropic center for academic research, the arts and child-related causes.

Driven by our ambition to provide those in need with life-changing assistance, the mission of the International Chodiev Foundation is to give young people and adults the opportunity to realise their full potential, with the ultimate objective of building a peaceful society that is free from poverty and suffering.


The mission of the International Chodiev Foundation is to promote academic excellence, creativity and innovation across Eurasia:

  • By identifying and supporting those in need and by nurturing the talent of those who would not otherwise have an opportunity to fulfil their potential, we are working towards building a healthier and better society.
  • Our educational and research programmes are designed to unlock the talent and intellectual potential of future generations.
  • Through our broad range of activities, we intend to make significant advances in the fields of education, public health, and the arts.
  • We work with all our partners towards the attainment of the sustainable development goals adopted by the international community.
  • Through our worldwide arts programme, we aim to promote close cultural ties between Russia and Japan.


Our core values revolve around:

  • Access to education with the aim of enabling and enriching people’s lives
  • Support for young people to provide the fundamental building blocks of security, medical help and education
  • Cultural collaboration to promote a better understanding and a deeper respect between nations

This involves a set of beliefs central to every decision we make. We believe that: 

  • Everyone should have the ability to access knowledge and that intellectual empowerment can be life-changing.
  • Education is the most powerful weapon we have in the fight against poverty and suffering, and that it can be used to change the world for the better.
  • Cultural ties can lead to mutual respect, tolerance and empathy between people and countries alike; forging cultural links between academic institutions, governments and the wider community is key to developing better relations between nations.
  • Everyone has a right to medical care, fair treatment and equal opportunities.
  • All people are free to participate fully in economic, civic and cultural life of the society.