This structure is headquartered in St. Petersburg and regularly expands its network of partners. It already accounts of more than a hundred technical universities, as well as energy and mining companies in countries such as Austria, Great Britain, China, Germany, and many others.
On Friday, January 22, the chairman of the Governing Board of the International Competence Center for Mining Engineering Education under the auspices of UNESCO, Rector of St. Petersburg Mining University Vladimir Litvinenko, and Rector of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht signed a cooperation agreement. It foresees the creation of the German Branch of the Center on the basis of the German university.
The task of the new unit will be to increase global mobility of students, graduate students, and scientists, to participate in creating and implementing a unified system of international professional certification of teachers and engineers, to intensify research aimed at improving the efficiency of the natural resource sector and minimizing man-made damage to ecosystems.
Vladimir Litvinenko during the discussion preceding the signing ceremony drew the audience's attention to the paradox in the system of mining education. On the one hand, its standards all over the world are gradually simplifying (the pandemic has made this trend even more evident), and on the other hand, more and more serious requirements are imposed on the modern engineer at a real enterprise.
Employers expect university graduates not only to possess theoretical knowledge but also be fluent in English, to work with specialized computer programs, and be familiar with all the links of the technological chain and production economics. However, young personnel do not always meet the expectations of the labor market, which is why there is an acute shortage of well-qualified specialists in the industry today. This, in its turn, leads to numerous technogenic accidents and a decrease in the efficiency of the entire mineral sector.