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St. Petersburg and Austrian Leoben agreed on scientific cooperation


04.12.2019

On Wednesday, December 4, an agreement on scientific and technical cooperation of the International Competence Centre for Mining Engineering Education under the auspices of UNESCO and the Technical University of Leoben was signed in Austria. Chairman of the Governing Board of the Center Vladimir Litvinenko and Rector of the Alpine University Wilfried Eichelseder signed the agreement. The Burgomaster Kurt Wallner, representatives of the ministries of science and research and technology and innovation, and assistant to the head of the Presidential Administration Kirill Molodtsov also attended the ceremony.


The Technical University of Leoben has become the backbone university of the Center in Austria. This means the joining scientific efforts and the exchange of students within the framework of summer schools; the Alpine university also will coordinate the work of all higher specialized educational institutions in Austria.

The mining industry today faces two global problems: educating personnel with new knowledge and the increase of confidence in the mineral resource complex and its role in the global economy. These are the tasks that the Competence Center solves. The office in Leoben will also provide for the coordination of activities of all field-specific universities in Austria.

Rector of St. Petersburg Mining University Vladimir Litvinenko

By 2050, humanity will need twice as many resources as it currently consumes. That means that the load on the environment will accordingly double. This is the engineering challenge the Center is facing. And our university has the opportunity to convey important information on energy supply and, of course, on working with Russia to the political structures of the European Union. To do this, we have a representative office in Brussels.

Rector of the Technical University of Leoben Wilfried Eichelseder

In recent years, Leoben has become the main technological center of lower Styria; it also is the city where global problems of entire Europe are solved. And today’s agreement is, no doubt, an investment in the future. It is noteworthy that it is signed on the day of St. Barbara, which is the core holiday of miners.

Burgomaster Kurt Wallner

The agreement on the establishment of the International Competence Centre for Mining Engineering Education under the auspices of UNESCO was signed in March 2018 with the priority support of the RF President Vladimir Putin. Today, 18 countries have already submitted applications for participation in the Governing Board of the Center, including such countries as Slovakia, Estonia, Spain and others.

Assistant to the head of the Presidential Administration Kirill Molodtsov

According to the assistant to the head of the Presidential Administration, the signed agreement is important not only in terms of scientific and educational cooperation, but also for the development of international relations between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Austria.

Note: Russian students will study in Leoben for six months as part of master’s degree programs, and postgraduate students will be able to defend dissertations in this Alpine city after a year of study at the Austrian university. The agreement also provides for joint research work.

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