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St. Petersburg Mining University celebrated the Day of Knowledge

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For the holiday, the university management commissioned a number of new infrastructure facilities. These include a laboratory and analytical complex and 15 modern classrooms. In addition, in the near future the construction of the tenth dormitory for out-of-town students and graduate students will be completed.

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On Thursday, September 1, there was a solemn meeting of first-year students of the Mining University. According to tradition, it was held on the Lieutenant Schmidt embankment, near the entrance to the historic building of the university, built by the outstanding Russian architect Andrei Voronikhin. Ironically, the rain, which has not stopped for the third day, at the beginning of the event, namely at 10 am, suddenly stopped, and students were able to put away their umbrellas.

In order to congratulate them on the Day of Knowledge at the university came distinguished guests, many of whom had themselves graduated from the Leningrad Mining Institute, as it was called in Soviet times. These included, for example, Andrey Maksimov, chairman of the Committee for Science and Higher Education of the Administration of St. Petersburg, and Sergey Gustov, general director of Gazprom. As always, representatives of partner companies also arrived. In particular, First Deputy General Director of PhosAgro, Siroj Loikov.

Rector Vladimir Litvinenko opened the meeting by reminding that St. Petersburg Mining University is the first technical university in the country not only in historical terms, but also in contemporary realities. According to the authoritative British rating agency QS, it ranks eighth in the world in its training profile, and no other Russian institution of higher learning has ever achieved such a result.

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"Today, you're taking the first step toward gaining new knowledge that will allow you to realize your potential, become professional engineers, and become financially self-sufficient. But to do this, you will have to immerse yourself in a competitive environment and prove your worth every day through diligence, self-organization and other qualities necessary to do the serious and routine work called "studying". Only in this case you will become the best and will have a competitive advantage on the labor market in the future," Vladimir Litvinenko addressed the young people.

He also noted that the basis of the Russian economy is mineral resources, which lie in our subsoil, and this state of affairs will continue for many years to come. But only professional engineers can turn this natural capital into human, social and natural capital: professionals capable of increasing the profitability of mining, transportation and processing of minerals, as well as minimizing the industry's anthropogenic impact on the environment.

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"Quality engineering training is not just about the knowledge and skills you get here. It's also a broad-based understanding of the environment in which you will work. The growth of reserves, the development of deep processing, the need to increase the efficiency of management of mining and energy companies, as well as the mineral resource complex as a whole... We are still far from perfect in these and many other issues. It is up to you to optimize the situation," the rector emphasized.

One of the advantages of studying at the Mining University, he said, is the opportunity to receive certificates of additional competencies in the field of digitalization, management, industrial economics and so on. Nowadays this is extremely important, because when hiring a young employee, a company is interested in having a certain set of applied knowledge and skills in addition to the higher education diploma. This includes, for example, understanding of the technological chain implemented in production, or the ability to work with specialized software.

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"The main geopolitical challenge of our time is the ongoing attempts by Western countries to gain free access to the world's resources, including Russian ones. This explains the events in Donbass and Ukraine today. In order to withstand the enormous pressure placed on our country and preserve our sovereignty, we must not only dream but also work. Be daring! Do good for your Motherland, each in his own place, and then success will surely follow you," summed up Vladimir Litvinenko.

Andrey Maksimov, the Chairman of St. Petersburg Committee for Science and Higher Education, took the microphone to congratulate everyone on behalf of St. Petersburg Governor Alexander Beglov. He emphasized that the present first-year students had to study in the conditions of coronavirus restrictions. But despite this, they managed to win in a difficult competition and become "students of St. Petersburg - the cradle of national science and professional education."

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"I am sure that the teaching staff of the Mining University will do their best to turn you into real engineers capable of doing their job professionally. The main thing is to start studying from the very first day, not to lower the bar, and then everything will definitely work out," Andrei Maksimov assured the audience.

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Sirodzh Loikov, First Deputy General Director of PhosAgro, addressed the students and invited them to work for the company. Not now, of course, but after graduation. However, he noted that the young people will be welcome at the agrochemical holding's enterprises in 3-4 years, to undergo practical training.

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"For us, St. Petersburg Mining University is our main partner. And not only in the field of personnel training. Its scientists, for example, developed PhosAgro Group's long-term development strategy, which underpins all our successes. As for professional standards, they are indeed becoming more and more stringent, as are the expectations of employers. But I have no doubt that here, at Russia's best technical university, you will get all the necessary knowledge and skills to meet the most stringent requirements of the labor market," emphasized Sirodzh Loikov.

Sergey Gustov, General Director of Gazprom recollected how 36 years ago he stood on Lieutenant Schmidt quay as a first-year student of Mining University. He called enrollment in Russia's oldest technical university "a turning point" in his life.

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"We recently had a reunion. It was attended by successful, professionally accomplished people who got their start in life at Mining University. It was here that the foundation was laid, which allowed all of us to fulfill ourselves. All these years the university has not stood still, instead, it has been developing. Today the University has excellent conditions, which we could only dream of. Comfortable dormitories, spacious gyms, bright, computerized classrooms, laboratories with the latest equipment. Study, your knowledge and skills will come in handy for Gazprom. We need to build a second pipeline to China, develop the domestic market through the social gasification program and create new consumers in the agricultural, metallurgical and thermal power industries. All these projects are very necessary for the Russian economy, and so are competent engineers, and you have every chance of becoming one after you graduate from the Mining University," assured Sergey Gustov.

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After the symbolic first bell, which according to tradition was performed by Anatoly Suslov, vice-rector for maintenance and development of the property complex, students went to the classrooms to get acquainted with their professors. And Vladimir Litvinenko and the guests of honor went to the opening ceremony after the reconstruction of infrastructure facilities.

By Knowledge Day, St. Petersburg Mining University traditionally puts into operation a huge number of new areas for teaching, recreation, research, as well as accommodation for nonresident students and graduate students. This year was no exception. Thus, a laboratory and analytical complex with a total floor space of 1,363 meters was opened in the historical building of the University. It consists of 5 laboratories, 2 classrooms for 96 and 75 people, rooms for the teaching staff and administrative rooms. In addition, the reconstruction of the 4th floor of the 4th block, where there are 15 classrooms, has been completed in the Training Center №1. The total area of the section is 988 meters.

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"We continue to invest in the development of our infrastructure: we are building new dormitories, laboratories, research centers, and classrooms. In total, this year we will launch almost 20,000 square meters of space from scratch or after renovation. It is extremely important for our students and postgraduates to study in a comfortable scientific and educational environment, to gain new competencies, to grow our capabilities, and with them, Russia's economy becomes stronger," commented Vladimir Litvinenko.

Now the work is nearly finished in the tenth dormitory for students and graduate students of St. Petersburg Mining University, which has room for 608 people. The residential floors of the building, which is adjacent to the academic center № 3 on the V.O. Maliy Prospekt, will have studio apartments with their own kitchen and bathroom, each designed for two people. They include a corridor, a bathroom and a room united with the kitchen area. Depending on the layout, the living area will range from 17 to 19 square meters, while the total area will range from 25 to 28 square meters. The highlight of the project will be a huge gym, with an area of more than 1,060 square meters.

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Modern standards in the construction of the dormitory also take into account the needs of people with disabilities. In addition to the six elevators provided in the building, there is also a separate elevator for wheelchair users. The total area of the living quarters, which are located from the 3rd to the 10th floor, is 4,317 meters.