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Russia and Belarus intend to strengthen academic co-operation

Беларусь
© Форпост Северо-Запад / Павел Долганов

Dmitry Krutoy, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Russian Federation, paid a working visit to the Empress Catherine II St. Petersburg Mining University. He familiarised himself with the infrastructure of the university and discussed with Rector Vladimir Litvinenko the prospects of cooperation between our states in the scientific and educational sphere.

The distinguished guest noted the highest level of the material base of the first higher technical educational institution of Russia. And he called it a pleasant fact that the world's largest manufacturer of dump trucks BELAZ, whose headquarters is located in the Minsk region, has also contributed to its development. The competence centre created by it not only allowed to increase the efficiency of students' learning of various units and parts of mining transport equipment, but also made their classes more interesting due to the availability of modern simulators.

Vladimir Litvinenko told the Ambassador about the agreements reached during the recent visit of the Mining University delegation to Polotsk. Thus, almost 500 first-year students will go to Belarus for training and familiarisation practice in June this year. Some of them - representatives of the Faculty of Mineral Processing - will be sent to the Naftan Refinery, where they will be shown the whole technological chain of the refinery. In addition, the production facilities of Belaruskali and BELAZ will serve as internship sites for young people.

Беларусь
© Форпост Северо-Запад / Павел Долганов

The parties also discussed the implementation of a pilot project to improve the higher education system at Mining University, and at the end of the meeting Dmitry Krutoy invited the rector to take part in the 11th Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia. Last year it was held in Ufa, and this June it will be held in Vitebsk and Polotsk.

Беларусь
© Форпост Северо-Запад / Павел Долганов