Winter University was founded in 1999 by the administration of Irkutsk, with ISTU, and with the participation of institutes and public organizations.
Principle IBUUPD sessions based on the experience of the European University Summer Workshops Urbanism (city of Cergy-Pontoise, France), which was created own original approach and strategy of the summer sessions, proven over 30 years in various countries around the world, which is to create a competitive programs and implementing them in the work of project team comprising of young professionals with different training from different countries and cultures.