A regional representative office of the International Competence Center in Mining Engineering Education under the auspices of UNESCO was established on the basis of SIBUR. The agreement was signed by the rector of the St. Petersburg Mining University Vladimir Litvinenko and the chairman of the board of SIBUR Holding Dmitry Konov.
On Friday, October 23, the opening ceremony of the SIBURINTECH Center for the Development of Engineering and Technical Expertise took place in Tobolsk. It was attended by Aide to the President of the Russian Federation Andrei Fursenko, Minister of Science and Higher Education Valery Falkov, Governor of the Tyumen Region Alexander Moor, Head of the Sirius Educational Center Elena Shmeleva, representatives of Russian higher education and the business community.
SIBUR CEOs noted that the new educational center will become “a place for concentration, accumulation and development of advanced corporate knowledge and technologies." Moreover, not only employees of the company itself, but also specialists from other petrochemical industries, scientific organizations and students of specialized higher educational institutions will be trained and improve their skills there. The last category is especially important for the holding, because one of the goals facing SIBURINTECH is to popularize engineering and technical professions and intensify work with talented youth.
The special status of the site will contribute to the implementation of this and other tasks: it has become a regional office of the International Competence Center in Mining Engineering Education under the auspices of UNESCO. This will allow its employees to take part in the development of specialized educational programs, criteria for assessing the competencies of engineers, and to accredit specialists from mining and processing companies for the compliance with international standards.
Vladimir Litvinenko, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the UNESCO Competence Center, created on the basis of St. Petersburg Mining University, stressed that the results of this accreditation, which only licencend engineers have the right to carry out, are recognized by the British Engineering Council. This is one of the oldest professional communities in Europe; its certification contributes to the career growth of specialists and the increase in the capitalization of the companies where they work. Especially so if these corporations are preparing for an IPO or their shares are already listed on the stock exchange.