Australia's Ambassador to Russia gave the commencement speech at the Mining University
Australia's Ambassador to Russia, Peter Tesch, gave the commencement speech for students of the St. Petersburg Mining University on a topic "The history and the contemporary state of Russian-Australian relations". During the visit, he also held talks with the rector Vladimir Litvinenko.
In December of last year Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Australia to Russia, Peter Tesch attended the opening ceremony of new educational and scientific center of technology and simulation of blasting operations. The project was the result of an agreement between the Mining University and the Orica Company. After inspecting the laboratory, Mr. Ambassador, particularly, stressed that "this partnership - a very important initiative for both parties, it will become the basis whereon the cooperation between Russia and Australia builds in general."
Rector Vladimir Litvinenko, in turn, invited to Peter Tesch to give the commencement speech for students. He noted that the foremost scientists and world politicians are doing their performances within the walls of Mining University. For example, in 2016, Anton Zeilinger, the president of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, stand up on the tribune of the oldest technical university in our country, who delivered a speech about quantum teleportation, quantum entanglement and Einstein's question, "What is light?"
Mr. Ambassador accepted the invitation and dedicated his current visit, first, to communication with students, graduate students, and professors exactly. His lecture was focused on "The history and the contemporary state of Russian-Australian relations.” A guest on the brilliant Russian language told about the factors that have influenced the nation building and the national development, described the current economic, social and political situation in Australia, and presented an overview of the foreign policy trends.
Peter Tesch also gave the historical examples of productive cooperation between the two countries. He pointed out that "despite some political differences, there are business, scientific and cultural ties between Russia and Australia." Among the fields most promising in terms of growing relations, Mr. Ambassador designated as the interaction in the field of science, education, energy, mining and processing of mineral resources.
Answering the students' questions, Peter Tesch told, "Interest in the study of foreign languages and the outside world led him to his profession". The most valuable traits of Russian character, he named candidness and humor, and then remembered the three-week road trip towns and villages of the Soviet Union. He made that trip in the eighties of the last century when he worked as the Third Secretary of the embassy. Just then, Peter Tesch really had learned our country, and so was happy was so happy to be back.
Vladimir Litvinenko thanked the guest for the excellent lecture, adding that Australia is one of the leaders in the use of raw materials resources. In this country, for example, mining is considered to profitable with gold content of more than 0.8 grams per ton. By comparison, we have often more than 1.5 grams of gold in a ton of technological waste dumps, but its development in Russia is still considered unprofitable.
As for the political aspect of relations between Russia and Western countries, which, naturally, includes Australia, Vladimir Litvinenko noticed that it experiences hard times. Positions of the parties remain far apart on a range of issues. In particular, with regard to the nationality of the Republic of Crimea, which historically is an integral part of the Russian Federation.
In conclusion, the rector presented Mr. Ambassador with the flowers and certificate awarding him the title of Professor Emeritus at the Mining University. Mr. Ambassador thanked for this honor and expressed the hope for further productive cooperation. Peter Tesch and Vladimir Litvinenko discussed at a working meeting, in what areas the cooperation may be continued. In particular, there were such topics of discussion as the establishment of the Competence Centre in the mining and technical education, holding a Russian-Australian raw dialogue and a number of other topics.