NEFU was formally established in April, 2010, on the basis of the Yakut State University named after M.K. Ammosov, the university with 75 years history.
On October 21, 2009, the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree on creation of Federal Universities in the North-Western, Privolzhsky, Ural and Far-Eastern Federal Districts.
On November 17, 2009, YSU Academic Council adopted a resolution on the creation of the Federal Autonomous Institution of Higher Professional Education “The North-Eastern Federal University”.
According to the Order from April 2, 2010 № 499-p, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation carries out the powers of the founder. All the University property is vested in an autonomous educational institution.
Nowadays NEFU is a multidisciplinary university that provides good opportunities for educational and research work.