Visit of a delegation from the FRG
A delegation of the Dresden Government, headed by its Oberbűrgomistrator Hilbert Dirk, paid a working visit to Mining University. The representatives of the capital of Saxony came to St. Petersburg to participate in the German Week.
The guests, accompanied by the Head of the Committee for External Relations of the St. Petersburg City Administration took a tour of the historical premises of the first Russian technical university and its modern infrastructure. In particular, the training and research centers created jointly with Orica, Schneider Electric and Caterpillar, a number of other laboratories.
During his meeting with Rector Vladimir Litvinenko, Mr. Dirk invited Mining University to take part in joint events to celebrate the anniversary of the twin-city relations of St. Petersburg and Dresden. In 2021, the cities will celebrate their 60th anniversary. The parties noted that an additional factor for the strengthening of the partnership relations could be the increase of the level of educational, cultural, and tourist exchanges, for example, “at the expense of the grants according to the results of the Olympiads or competitions.”
It should be noted that Mining University has a lot in common with Dresden. In particular, it was there in 2006, in the presence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin, that a memorandum was signed on the creation of the Russian-German Raw Materials Forum. Since then it has been traditionally attended by top Saxon officials. And this year's conference will be held under the patronage of its Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer.
The Freiberg Mining Academy is a long-standing partner of the St. Petersburg University. The cooperation includes an exchange of teachers, postgraduates, and students, including the double-degree program. In addition, this year the office of the International Center of Competence in Mining Engineering Education under the auspices of UNESCO was opened in Freiberg, the main site of which is in St. Petersburg. It coordinates cooperation with all German higher education institutions in order to increase the efficiency of implementing the UN's sustainable development goals.
Earlier, Vladimir Litvinenko held an online meeting with the leaders of the Technical University of Dresden, where prospects for cooperation were discussed. The rector of the German university, Ursula Staudinger, emphasized that “everyone in the Federal Republic of Germany is well aware of the Mining University brand and its contribution to improving the quality of higher education, creating a global system of professional certification of engineers and their lifelong learning.