Not more than 30 years ago, the issue of environmental education was not so crucial, not only in our country but in the world. However, the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 dramatically changed the lives and consciousness of a significant part of the world’s population. The tragedy in Belarus aggravated by the fact that the scale of the disaster could be assessed only professionals having knowledge to work at the meeting point of different sciences: physics, chemistry, biology and medicine. The country was lack of such specialists.
In May 1991, within the framework of the United Nations International cooperation on Chernobyl issues, Associate Professor of the Chair of Nuclear Physics of Belarusian State University M. Ljutsko introduced the project of International Sakharov College of Radioecology. The project was supported by the Government of the Republic of Belarus and the I Congress of the memory of Andrei Sakharov.
International Sakharov College of Radioecology under Belarusian State University was established on January 20, 1992, according to the Decree of the Council of Ministers. On October 21, 1994 the College was transformed into International Sakharov Institute of Radioecology, and in 1999 it passed the state accreditation and gained the status of university.
Since 2005, according to the decision of the Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Independent States, ISEU received the status of Base Organization on environmental education of states-members of the CIS.
In 2011 the University was accredited by the State Committee for Science and Technology and the National Academy of Sciences as a research organization.
In 2012 the University opened its branch in Armenia (Yerevan).
In September 2015, in accordance with the Resolution of the Council of Ministers the University was returned to the BSU structure as an institution of higher education “International Sakharov Environmental Institute” of Belarusian State University as an independent legal entity.
The first Rector of the University was the Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Associate Professor Alexander Ljutsko.
From 1997 till 2003 the University was headed by the Doctor of Biological Sciences, Professor Alexander Miljutin.
In December 2003 the Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor Semyon Kundas was appointed Rector of ISEU.
In 2012-2014 the Candidate of Biological Sciences, Associate Professor Valery Dunay worked as the Rector of the University.
In September 2015 the Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Professor Sergey Maskevich was appointed Director of ISEI BSU.