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The Finnish branch of the UNESCO Competence Centre is now operational in Lappeenranta


03.06.2020

The Chairman of the Board of Governors of the International Competence Centre for Mining Engineering Education under the auspices of UNESCO Vladimir Litvinenko and the rector of the LUT University, Lappeenranta, Juha-Matti Saksa signed a cooperation agreement. It stipulates specific actions by the parties aimed at fulfilling the duties of the Finnish branch of the Competence Center.


Among them is the promotion of sustainable development principles at the national and international levels as applied to the mineral sector of the economy; support for UNESCO priorities; strengthening global cooperation in science and education. For example, the partners from Suomi have committed themselves to admit up to 15 Master’s degree students from the partner universities of the Center for Master’s double degree programs annually, as well as to organize exchange of teachers and postgraduates.


Over the next three years, scientists from St. Petersburg Mining University and LUT will conduct several joint research studies. Their topics will include wastewater treatment, waste management, and enrichment of poor ores. In addition, specific agreements were reached on collective work in the field of increasing publication activity and promotion in the most status international ratings of higher education institutions.

We need to unite in order to effectively respond to the challenges of our time, more actively contribute to reducing the burden on the environment, increasing the profitability of mining and processing enterprises. Cooperation will enrich both sides

Rector of St. Petersburg Mining University Vladimir Litvinenko

Juha-Matti Saksa said that despite the pandemic and the limitations associated with the spread of coronavirus, research is ongoing in the laboratories of the Finnish university, including those conducted under an agreement with the Competence Center. However, students, as in Russia, completed the school year remotely. They will return to the auditoriums only on the first of September.

We have done a lot of painstaking work so that the substantive part of the agreement clearly reflects the areas and scope of our cooperation. We appreciate that we have attracted the best university in Russia as a partner, because the Mining University is the only one in your country that is in the top 20 of the QS subject rating. I am sure that our activities within the framework of the signed agreement will contribute to the achievement of the UN sustainable development goals and will become a springboard for improving the quality of education and science in all higher education institutions that are part of the Competence Center structure.

Rector of LTU Yuha-Matti Saksa

Vladimir Litvinenko invited him to take part in the opening ceremony of the international competition forum of young scientists on the “Topical problems of subsoil use", which will be held June 17 in online format. More than 3 thousand people from 200 universities representing 48 countries, from Australia to Latin America, will take part in this large-scale event. Among others, there will be, students, postgraduates, and experts from LUT.

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