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International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile

Monday, 25 September, 2017
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile
International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile

On 22 September, 2017 in the IFC "Gornyi" the opening ceremony of the II International Council of Rectors of Universities with Mining-Engineering Educational Profile was held. 120 heads of universities from more than 60 countries took part in the event .

There were delegates from all the CIS and BRICS states, Germany, Afghanistan, Australia, Iran, Canada, etc. among them. The representatives of federal executive and legislative authorities, ministries and departments, leading Russian and foreign companies in the mineral resources sector, public organizations, UNESCO experts attended the panel discussions.

In particular, the Rector of the Mining University, the Chairman of the organizing committee of the International Competence Center Vladimir Litvinenko, the member of the Federation Council Dmitry Vasilenko, the Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Grigory Trubnikov, the President of the Association "Miners of Russia" Valery Yazev, the Chairman of the Committee on Science and Higher School of St. Petersburg Andrey Maksimov.

The main issue on the agenda was the foundation of an International Competence Center in mining-engineering education under the auspices of UNESCO.

The creation of such a body was long overdue. The lack of qualified managers and specialists in the field of the mineral resources sector is a international damper, as well as one of the main causes of human losses and widespread environmental pollution as a result of industrial accidents.

In December 2015, the 4th meeting of the Scientific Advisory Council under the UN Secretary General was held at the St. Petersburg Mining University, which was attended by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. The Communique on the creation of the "International Competence Center in Mining-Engineering Education" was signed at the event. Its concept was approved in 2016 by delegates of the IV World Forum of Resource Universities for Sustainable Development.

Due to the introduction of a continuous education system the International Competence Center should become an effective tool to improve the human resources training quality and the continuous growth of their skills.

The system will be based on the principles of the unification of educational standards and "threshold requirements" for international specialized higher education institutions and implementation of professional certification for specialists working in the field of mining and processing of minerals.

«Last year we started a discussion about the future of the higher education system," said Vladimir Litvinenko, the chairman of the organizing committee of the International Competence Center, the rector of the St. Petersburg Mining University. – “It is facing great challenges in identifying the development vector. It forced us to find common ground. We established an organizing committee consolidating universities of mining-engineering field, and there are currently about 800 such universities in the world. Today it's time to take one more step further».

Vladimir Litvinenko reminded that in 2003 Russia joined the Bologna process. It was supposed that this would increase the academic mobility of students (i.e., they will be able to continue or complete their studies in other universities if necessary, including foreign ones), and raise the status of Russian education.

However, according to many experts, the declared goals had not been achieved. Moreover, as a result of a two-tiered system adoption (bachelor's and master's degrees), appropriate for humanities, but not for engineering universities, a five-year harmonious education of professional engineers that existed in the USSR was completely destroyed.

«The two-level system" fits the economy of those states that initiated its occurrence.” the rector of the Mining University added, “It is aimed at humanization of society, solving social issues. However, countries concerned on substantial raw material extraction are facing another challenge – providing country's economy with qualified specialists».

At the 70th General Assembly of the United Nations held in New York in September 2015, the heads of states and governments adopted a new set of goals for sustainable development. Such issues as poverty eradication in all its dimensions, combating climate change, ecosystem protection and recovery, providing access to relatively inexpensive sources of energy, water and other resources were among them.

Today, UNESCO is working on putting those objectives into practice. According to its Director General Irina Bokova, a key element in its implementation should be higher education quality improvement and lifelong learning system introduction for workers in extractive and processing industries. Therefore, UNESCO supported the idea of creating an International Competence Center in mining engineering education.

As the leading expert of UNESCO Jean-Paul Ngome Abiaga noted in his speech addressed to the delegates of the Council of Rectors, the creation of this structure will make a notable contribution to the implementation of several sustainable development goals. First of all, it will minimize the environmental impact of mining operations. In addition, the opportunity to receive a proper education and become a highly qualified specialist, regardless of the country in which a person lives, will help to reduce social inequality both within the countries and between them.

«I believe that the International Competence Center in mining engineering education will contribute to the achievement of the global sustainable development goals," stressed Jean-Paul Ngome Abiaga. – “Its creation will let humankind think more positively and live better. We want to take an active part in this process».

The Competence Center will provide an international platform for formation of modern standards of competence for engineers working in the mineral sector and unified educational space creation for the specialized training universities. Mining engineering universities from all over the world are welcome here.

The idea of creating this center on the basis of the Mining university is supported by all the rectors who arrived in St. Petersburg, UNESCO experts, representatives of the executive and legislative federal government, the Government of St. Petersburg.

Member of the Committee on Science, Education and Culture of the Federation Council Dmitry Vasilenko said:

«On May 25, the Education Committee of the Federation Council as a whole visited the Mining University. 11 senators got acquainted with the university infrastructure and students’ accommodation facilities. It has become a certain example of how higher education should develop and what facilities - laboratories, classroom it should have. Today, the Mining University is a major international discussion platform. And I am confident that all the tasks set for the creation of the Competence Center and its future work will be resolved».

Chairman of the Committee on Science and Higher School of St. Petersburg Andrey Maksimov:

«I am confident that in the nearest future, UNESCO will adopt a historic decision promoting the skills development of personnel working in the mining industry. There is no doubt that the place for the foundation of the International Competence Center has been chosen absolutely properly. St. Petersburg ranks first in Russia both in terms of the quality of education, and in its economic accessibility».

The Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Grigory Trubnikov stated:

«Today the mining engineer's profession is extremely important and much-in-demand. Our common and main goal is to bring the mining engineering education to a new, modern stage of development. I believe that the Mining University is a model and a world standard in this field. I also want to assure the community of rectors of the Russian Federation and our international partners that the Ministry will provide all the necessary support for the development of this project».

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