Visit of Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) representatives (UK)
The delegation from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) (UK) headed by Executive Director Bernard Rickinson paid a working visit to the Saint-Petersburg Mining University.
The agreement on collaboration between the National Association of Mining Engineers chaired by Rector Vladimir Litvinenko and the British Institute was signed about a year ago. Its aim is to establish a system of continuous training of engineers, to enhance prestige of engineering profession and to integrate members of the mineral and raw material complex of Russia into the international professional community.
IOM3 is the oldest and most prominent mining and metallurgical professional society of Western Europe. Its accreditation means full recognition of high competence and qualification of an applicant that will contribute a lot into the career promotion regardless the country of their professional activity. Thus, the partnership between the Mining University and IOM3 offers new opportunities to Russian engineers.
Let us consider the membership grade "Member of Institute of Minerals, Materials and Mining (MIMMM)". The agreement says that it equals the grade “Professional mining engineer” awarded by the National Association of Mining Engineers. The same way, the professional qualification "Chartered Engineer (CEng MIMMM, CEng FIMMM)" is tantamount to the Russian qualification “International Mining Engineer”.
The main purpose of the visit was to carry on accreditation process and assess the academic staff of University applying for the “International Mining Engineer” qualification. The interviews were conducted by Ian Bowbrick, Director of Professional Development & Membership. He delivered a speech at a research seminar for PhD students and lecturers of University “Assessment of competence and commitment of mining engineers” as well as gave a lecture on “Ethical Behaviour and Code of Conduct of Mining Engineers”.
The guest from London noted that employees of any company or enterprise operating in such complex spheres as mining or metallurgy have to meet the highest professional standards as well as behave in accordance with the code of conduct. It is of great importance for harmonious development and humanization of society as a whole and for training responsible attitude of engineers towards their duties. It will result in better labour quality and production.
In the course of the working visit Executive Director Bernard Rickinson and Rector Vladimir Litvinenko discussed the ways of partnership between IOM3 and the Mining University. A number of issues were discussed, such as joint activities at the Competence Centre for mining education, organization of the British-Russian mineral management dialogue.
Bernard Rickinson and Ian Bowbrick have been awarded with titles “Visiting Professor” and “Visiting expert” and given certificates confirming the status. The agenda also included adaptation of competence training programmes to the Russian standards. It was done together with Aleksey Blinov, Head of Center of Continuing Professional Education.