In the international ranking Round University Ranking 2021 Irkutsk State University took 44th place (among Russian universities) and became the only university in the Baikal region to be included in the prestigious ranking. Compared to last year, ISU has risen by 14 positions.
The Manchurian apricot trees were planted in the Korean corner of the Botanical Garden of ISU. The event was dedicated to South Korea's Arbor Day “Sikmogil” (식목일), a holiday celebrated annually on April 5.
On March 11, 2021, a solemn ceremony of signing strategic partnership memoranda with the Russian-Asian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RAUIE) and the Union of Western and Eastern Education (UWEE) was held online.