Young leaders of science gathered in St. Petersburg


On December 14, the Mining University hosted the opening ceremony of the final scientific session “Young Leaders of Science 2020”. It was organized by the UNESCO International Center of Competence in Mining Education, and its participants were 15 winners of various competitions held by this organization this year. About 400 more people watched them, thanks to the Zoom program.

General Director of the UNESCO Center Vladimir Borzenkov said, that the event is not competitive in nature. This is a platform that gives young people – students, postgraduates, specialists of fuel and energy and petrochemical companies – the opportunity to share their research with recognized professionals, and get their expert assessment. In other words, it is a tool that allows us to ensure the continuity of generations in industry, as well as to increase the efficiency of science and real production integration.

Vladimir Litvinenko, Rector of Saint Petersburg Mining University emphasized that today the problem of qualified personnel shortage is typical not only for Russia, but also for most countries of the world, including post-industrial ones. That is why in Europe, Asia and Africa, the number of universities and companies that are interested in cooperation with the UNESCO Center in development of academic mobility, unification of educational programs and introduction of a single international certification system for engineers, is steadily growing.

He explained that the UNESCO International Center of Competence in Mining Education, the chairman of the Board of Governors of which he is, makes every effort to ensure that talented young people could realize their potential. In particular, the UNESCO Center sends them to training in universities of the EU and China, gives the opportunity to participate in Double Degree Programs (i. e. to get diplomas of higher education of both the Russian and European models), to defend the Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Phd) in the Western countries. This increases the graduates’ competitiveness in the labor market and allows them to choose the most promising paradigm of their development. Now this activities are temporarily suspended because of difficult sanitary and epidemiological situation, but they will be resumed after opening the borders.

Siroj Loikov, First Deputy CEO and Member of the Management Board of PhosAgro PJSC, emphasized that “all leading companies are naturally interested in replenishing their human resources with the best of the best”. And given that about 70 % of engineers and top managers of the Group are graduates of the Mining University, the search for new employees is conducted, first of all, here.

Rustam Galiakhmetov, Managing Director of the SIBUR Holding, drew the attention of young people to the fact that they were “noticed due to their successful hard work”. Now they should advance up the career ladder, with fearing no difficulties and mistakes. After all, technologies do not stand still, and only those persons who constantly improve their level of competence, can be successful.

Vladimir Tolkachev, President of GEOTECH Seismic Services PJSC, reminded that today's participants of the final scientific session would have overall responsibility for what our country will be like in the second half of the XXI century.

The scope of their scientific interests is very diverse. Thus, the presentation of Ludmila Salet Canhimbue from Angola was devoted to the petrological features of picrobasalt lavas in Lanzarote, part of the Canary Islands Group. Yaroslav Klimavichus from Samara Technical University presented his development of the mobile technology for recycling oil-containing wastes. And Christina Matrokhina from the Saint Petersburg Mining University presented her project on traffic management in global networks.


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