The Interregional Open Social Institute was opened in 2003 in the city of Yoshkar Ola. This decision was dictated by the urgent need for highly qualified personnel of a new breed in the economy of the Republic of Mari El. Lecturers of state universities of Mari El, Tatarstan, Chuvashia, Mordovia and other regions were engaged to teach at the IOSI. Today 110 regular lecturers work at the Institute, among them there are Candidates and Doctors of Sciences, highly-skilled professional practitioners renowned in Mari El and Russia.
In 2007 the IOSI got the certificate attesting that the quality management system in relation to development and providing educational services in the field of higher and additional professional education conforms to the requirements of the standards GOST R ISO 9001-2001 (ISO 9001:2000). In 2010 the IOSI was certified according to the new international standards GOST R ISO 9001-2008 (ISO 9001:2008).
In 2008 the IOSI passed the state accreditation process, received the official status of an Institute and the right to conduct activities on equal terms with state higher educational institutions not only in Mari El, but also beyond its limits. Graduates of the Interregional Open Social Institute on an equal basis with graduates of state educational institutions receive state-recognized degrees (Diplomas).
The first graduation of the Interregional Open Social Institute took place in July, 2008 on five degree programs: "Organization management", "Accounting, analysis and audit", "Statistics", "Document Science and Document Management Support", "Complex protection of informatization objects". The first Rector of the IOSI was Doctor of Economic Sciences, Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences, Professor Mikhail Nikolaevich Shvetsov.
Within the Bologna Process since 2011 the IOSI carries out training on 10 Bachelor’s degree programs: "Law", "Economics", "Statistics", "Applied Informatics", "Management", "Psychology", " Document and Archival Science", "Linguistics", "Business Informatics", "Physical Education" and specialization "Logistics and Supply Chain Management".
The IOSI lecturers do a lot of work among students to foster professionally significant qualities needed for competitive specialists. Student research works are published every year. The Institute students are awarded with diplomas and certificates of merit for participation in many international and All-Russian scientific and practical conferences. They actively pursue science together with professors in scientific laboratories of the Institute: social and psychological (mentor: Doct. of Psych. Sciences, Prof. Popov L.M.), of sociological research (mentor: Cand. of Hist. Sciences, Ass. Prof. Orlova O.V.), of economic research (mentor: Doct. of Econ. Sciences, Prof. Tsaregorodtsev E.I.), laboratories of security intelligent systems (mentor: Doct. of Phys.-Math. Sciences, Prof. Novikov V.A.).
The Institute has a modern library with a circulation department and reading room. The library is equipped with up-to-date computers and copy printers. The library created the most comfortable conditions for students and teachers’ work. The library fund meets all the standards of higher education institution libraries: modernity, scientific character, recommendations of supervising ministries and departments. Here conducts the work on creating an electronic library of full text documents.
Councils on extracurricular activities, sports and mass work, crime prevention, arts and an institute of curators conduct an active work at the IOSI. Student council organizes work of various interest groups: KVN ("Club of the Funny and Inventive"), sports club, student press center, youth initiative school, monitor council, student scientific society. Legal and psychological clinics successfully function at the Institute with participation of students. Students take an active part in scientific work, sport and recreation activities which is awarded in events of different level.
The IOSI considers the main objective of future specialists’ education in creating optimum conditions for students’ independent activities, in providing cultural behavior, in filling leisure time with professional actions. At all the Departments of the Institute innovative pedagogical technologies are used: technologies of problem training, integrative, modular and project training. The system of psychological actions promoting successful education and harmonious development of students’ personalities is organized at the Institute. It is implemented by means of a number of courses and trainings, such as: "Training of personal and professional growth", "Time management", "Career and image psychology", "Neuro-linguistic programming", "Acting", team-building and others.
The IOSI plans to license new Specialist and Bachelor’s degrees demanded in the region. Even today everyone has an opportunity to receive the international certificates of CISCO (CCNA, CCNP, CCNA Security) and Microsoft confirming professional skills in the sphere of applied network services security, IP technologies and software.
At the IOSI everything necessary is provided for high-quality education and unlocking students’ creativeness. Spacious, well-equipped offices and laboratories, library and reading room equipped with computers, gym, assembly and dancing halls, student cafe, seven computer classes, all of them work for future competent experts’ training. There is created a flexible system of privileges and students’ encouragement for participation in research activities, sports and cultural-mass work.