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Rector of Mining University gave an interview to Vladimir Solovyov

During a broadcast on Vesti FM radio station, he spoke about the significance of the signing of an agreement between the International Centre of Excellence in Mining Education under the auspices of UNESCO and LTU University (Finland), as well as the role of university science in the process of economic development of the state.

On Tuesday, 27 August, Rector of Mining University Vladimir Litvinenko became a guest of the programme "Full Contact with Vladimir Solovyov". The occasion was the signing of an agreement on scientific and technical cooperation between the International Centre of Competence in Mining Education under the auspices of UNESCO, established on the basis of the St. Petersburg university, and LTU-University (former Lappeenranta University of Technology).

"The activities of the International Competence Centre under the auspices of UNESCO have been supported by the governments of twenty-two mining states, including Austria, Germany, Australia, England and others. Each of them delegates their leading universities or research centres to work within the Competence Centre, as only those universities with federal support can join our structure. We were one of the first to sign an agreement with LTU-University, which the Finnish Government has identified as a reference university in its country, and this is certainly an event for our higher education, for the Russian mining industry and for the Finnish economy," Litvinenko said.

He also stated that the domestic higher mining education is competitive today, "it is able to work and lobby for the interests of the industry." And he added that one of the tasks of the Competence Centre is integration "with mining companies, which are also interested in raising the competence (of their staff - ed.) and creating a positive image of the mining sector in society".

One of the topics of conversation was the role of university science in the economic development of states.

"Universities are the centres where the scientific environment of any country is formed. If we look at where the main number of Nobel laureates are concentrated today, we will notice that in the same America they work in universities. This does not mean that they give lectures there and participate in the educational process. This is absolutely not the case. Their mission is to work in laboratories such as Los Alamos. It is there that new knowledge is created, which is the basis for the development of the economies of leading countries," explained the Rector of Mining University.

It should be reminded that the task of LTU-University, as a supporting higher education institution of the International Centre of Competence in Mining Education under the auspices of UNESCO in Finland, will include the improvement of technologies for recycling household waste, disposal of chemically hazardous and toxic substances, as well as the creation of innovations that contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere by energy facilities.