Visit of Prince Michael of Kent to the Mining University
Prince Michael of Kent was awarded the title of Honorary Professor of the St. Petersburg Mining University. The ceremony was held within the visit of a member of the British royal family to the oldest technical university in the country. It was dedicated to the starting year of science and education of Great Britain and Russia.
The visit started with an inspection of the Mining Museum exposition. His Royal Highness noted that the collection of minerals made a huge impression on him, as well as the historical halls of the university. "It feels like your university has a rich history, so I'm very glad that many British companies and scientific organizations are your partners," the high guest said.
The further program of Prince Michael of Kent at the Mining University included acquaintance with a number of laboratories and auditoriums, including those created jointly with such foreign companies as BP, Orica and a number of others, as well as a working meeting with Rector Vladimir Litvinenko. Then the ceremony began, during which His Royal Highness was awarded a mining uniform and the title of Honorary Professor.
"The Mining University is well known in other countries, so it's a great honor for me to wear your parade uniform," Prince Michael of Kent said. "I am very glad that I have an opportunity to support the development of cooperation between our countries, especially in the field of scientific research in the Year of Science and Education of Great Britain and Russia. This is important because working together we increase productivity, we can more successfully solve complex scientific problems."
The high guest added that over the past ten years the number of joint projects involving scientists from Great Britain and Russia has doubled. Though, representatives of the US and Germany scientific community are still much more likely to become partners of Russian research organizations or universities. "Therefore, we need to use all the opportunities of this year to strengthen our cooperation in the field of science. It builds bridges between states, after all," - summed up the cousin of the reigning Queen Elizabeth II.
Prince Michael of Kent attributed the collaboration of the Mining University and the Institute of Minerals, Materials and Mining (IOM3, London) in the field of international certification of engineers among the most interesting and popular joint Russian-British projects: "This is a brilliant example of the fact that Russian-British cooperation can not only become mutually beneficial for the both partners but also go beyond the bilateral project, contributing to the development of the whole industry."
Rector Vladimir Litvinenko assured the high guest that the Mining University will continue to work with British counterparts and develop the existing areas of cooperation. "The maximum integration of scientific schools is necessary," he said in his concluding remarks. "Only in this case, we will be able to achieve really serious results and meet the challenges of our time."
Prince Michael of Kent(full name - Michael George Charles Franklin), was born on July 4, 1942.He is a member of the British royal family, a grandson of King George V and Queen Mary, a paternal first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, grand cousin's nephew of the Russian Emperor Nicholas II. He was named after Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia, the younger brother of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. Perfectly fluent in Russian.