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In 2023, for the first time since our country joined the Bologna Process, the number of budgetary places in the first year of specialization at the Empress Catherine II Saint Petersburg Mining University was higher than at the bachelor’s level - 982 versus 940. These are the interim results of the reform of higher education, which started in Russia on the initiative of President Vladimir Putin.
Researchers at the Colorado School of Mines - considered the best university in the world for the quality of mining training - have identified a paradox that threatens the sustainability of the entire human race. On the one hand, our civilization is consuming more and more resources. Moreover, the energy transition, that is, the massive adoption of renewable energy on a global scale, is only increasing the demand for many different metals.
Russia’s withdrawal from the Bologna process implies, first of all, raising the level of basic higher education. This is one of the goals of the pilot project involving 6 domestic universities, which was launched in May this year by the decree of President Vladimir Putin. Today’s first-year students of the Empress Catherine II Saint Petersburg Mining University will get not just an additional year and a half of study to the 4-year bachelor’s degree, but a fundamentally higher quality engineering education closer to the needs of modern production.
A new structural unit, the Institute of Basic Engineering Education, has been established at the Empress Catherine II Saint Petersburg Mining University. Its task will be to work on improving the quality of knowledge and skills of the students who entered the first year this year. During three semesters they will study according to absolutely the same programs, regardless of their direction of training. That is, they will master general education and general technical disciplines, which are necessary to form the fundamental base underlying any professional competencies.
In May 2023, Vladimir Putin signed a decree on improving the higher education system. This document initiated a reform designed to bring the training process to a qualitatively higher level and increase the number of competent engineers in the country, which is essential for the sustainable development of the national economy. The Empress Catherine II Saint Petersburg Mining University became one of the six participants of the pilot project, which have already started to implement the initiative of the Russian President.
Its task will include the growth of academic mobility and the organization of joint research centers with Russian scientists, and the mission will be the formation of a multipolar world based on the equality of cultures and peoples. The event was organised in cooperation with the International Competence Centre in Mining Engineering Education under the auspices of UNESCO.
The most important thing is that the level of training of graduates of technical universities should meet the needs of the market, and they themselves could adapt to production as quickly as possible.
This fall marks the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Petersburg Mining University. Why was it necessary to open a college for engineers in Russia a quarter of a millennium ago?
Vladimir Putin, during his address to the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, suggested ”returning to the traditional basic system of education in universities.”
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The next group of 340 students of St. Petersburg Mining University have begun studying the theoretical course of the basic scientific competence ”Philosophy of Science”