News

China University of Mining and Technology has become a reference university of the UNESCO Competence Center


09.07.2020

This is already the sixth foreign scientific and educational division of the Center. Its tasks will include coordination at the national level of cooperation between Russian and Chinese higher education institutions, increasing academic mobility, expanding the range of joint research and a number of others.


On Thursday, July 9, China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT), located in Xuzhou, received the status of a reference university of the International Centre of Competence in Mining Engineering Education under the auspices of UNESCO. The signing ceremony was held online. Vladimir Litvinenko, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Competence Center, Song Xufueng, President of the Chinese higher education institution, and Kirill Molodtsov, Assistant to the Head of the Presidential Administration, took part in the ceremony.

The Competence Centre under the auspices of UNESCO is a mechanism that not only enables us to integrate more actively into the international scientific and educational space, but also creates the conditions for enhancing our contribution to the development of national economies. First of all by escalating scientific research and introducing it into production by involving members of industry and the business community in our work.

Rector of St. Petersburg Mining University Vladimir Litvinenko

Litvinenko reminded that similar scientific and educational divisions have already been created in Austria, Germany, Finland, Great Britain and Belarus. In addition, 28 more universities are partners of the Competence Center, which also coordinate its work in their countries. However, the cooperation with the China University of Mining and Technology has become a special event. There are several reasons for this.


First, the political relations between our states are now at a pretty high level. Secondly, both Russia and China are developing their economies, primarily through the use of their rich raw material base. And, finally, thirdly, back in the 1950s, a huge number of students from the Celestial Empire studied at Russian universities, i.e., our partnership relations have deep historical roots.

Ten years ago I met in China with graduates of St. Petersburg Mining University. These are people who made a huge contribution to the establishment of the coal mining industry, non-ferrous metallurgy and other sectors of the Chinese national economy. Many of those were still teaching at universities or acting as consultants at major mining companies. And their younger colleagues, who studied at Soviet or already Russian universities, were engaged in research in the field of new composite materials and achieved significant success in this area.

Rector of St. Petersburg Mining University Vladimir Litvinenko

CUMT President Song Xufueng thanked the CEOs of the Competence Center for the prompt preparation of all necessary documents (only one month has passed since the signing of the letter of intent). He also reminded that Saint Petersburg Mining University and Chinese University of Mining and Technology have been successfully cooperating with each other for a long time (for example, within the framework of academic exchange programs). However, now this cooperation will reach a new level.

The new status will allow us to coordinate in China the participation of students, post-graduates and scientists in the programs of the International Competence Center. In other words, other higher education institutions as well as research centers and industries will be involved in our joint work. We are absolutely sure that the UNESCO Center will keep developing and this will allow all its associate members to progress.

CUMT President Song Xuefeng

Kirill Molodtsov, an aide to the head of the Presidential Administration, called the signing of the agreement “a landmark event.” He said that the International Center of Competence in Mining Engineering Education has many ambitious tasks. These include the creation of a common international space to increase the mobility of students, postgraduates and teachers; the introduction of a common global system for the certification of engineering personnel; the improvement of competencies in mining; and the creation of a positive image of the industry in the public consciousness. The prospects for the implementation of these objectives, thanks to the expansion of the network of core universities of the UNESCO Centre, are certainly becoming more obvious.

Vladimir Putin has a deep interest in the issues of Russian-Chinese energy cooperation. In this regard, it is fairly important to introduce and develop new competencies in this area. On our part, we guarantee all possible assistance to your positive initiatives in this area.

Kirill Molodtsov, Aide to the Head of the Presidential Administration 

After the signing ceremony, the parties discussed potential topics for joint scientific publications of Russian and Chinese scientists. Among them are those dedicated to the leading role of hydrocarbons in maintaining the stability of the global energy system, the possibility of increasing the share of hydrogen in total energy generation, the impact of CO2 emissions on the environment, improving the efficiency of coal use and reducing its negative impact on ecosystems, land reclamation and a number of other topics.

More news

St. Petersburg and Austrian Leoben agreed on scientific cooperation

04.12.2019
St. Petersburg and Austrian Leoben agreed on scientific cooperation

An influx of young Africans to come to Russia

06.11.2019
An influx of young Africans to come to Russia

The largest Kazakhstan mining company got interested in cooperation with St. Petersburg Mining University

03.12.2019
The largest Kazakhstan mining company got interested in cooperation with St. Petersburg Mining University

St. Petersburg scientists found a cost-efficient way  to eliminate nickel industry waste

26.11.2019
St. Petersburg scientists found a cost-efficient way to eliminate nickel industry waste