Welcome of the Rector of Saint-Petersburg Mining University Prof. Vladimir Litvinenko

Rector's welcome

Rector Vladimir litvinenko’s message

The Mining University in St. Petersburg is one of the exemplary higher educational institutions of Russia due to the efforts of the Rector in the first place. I am sure that it is definitely up to the high international standards in terms of quality of facilities and teaching which is essential. In my judgment it is one of the global education leaders.

In 2023, the first higher technical educational institution in Russia – Saint Petersburg Mining University - will be 250 years old. For a quarter of a millennium, our goals have not changed much. We continue to train qualified specialists in mining and mineral resource engineering, as well as conduct research related to improving the profitability of mining, processing, transportation and use of mineral resources.

The University graduates are more than simply in demand in the labor market. A degree from Saint Petersburg Mining University is a huge competitive advantage when it comes to job prospects. This is due to the alloy of wonderfully rich traditions that are handed out from generation to generation and the constant modernization of the university’s infrastructure, instrumentation and laboratory facilities.

Cooperation with flagship energy, engineering and chemical corporations enables our students to acquire the most cutting edge competencies. For example, together with our partners from Schneider Electric, we have established a training and research centre that focuses on improving energy efficiency. Caterpillar Inc. supplied us with the latest training and simulation systems for operating mining transport facilities, and Novatek supplied us with simulators that simulate the offshore oil and gas production process. Despite the pandemic, we have launched a high-performance digital modeling software systems, a centre of competence for developing fields in Arctic conditions, upgraded a number of other laboratories.

Our concern is not only training of highly-qualified engineers for the mining and oil & gas industry. The University is an environment for the academic training of mining engineers, real Russian intelligentsia (intellectuals) – people of many accomplishments with high level of moral and ethic culture, decency and nobility of soul. That is why we pay special attention to such seemingly non-core areas of training, such as the Russian language and literature, sociology and psychology, physical training.

Our scientists have received thousands of patents, hundreds of medals at the most prestigious international exhibitions, dozens of government prizes and awards. This is a consequence of scientific activity, which has wide practical application. The trend of recent decades has been research in the field of reducing anthropogenic impact on the environment, developing the LNG segment, increasing the oil recovery factor. 

We initiated the creation of the “Nedra” University Consortium which brings together Russia’s technical universities offering degrees in mining and mineral resource engineering. Today, the association has more than 50 members. It has been created to promote academic mobility and identify the best ways to develop higher education and, ultimately, to enhance the efficiency of the key sectors that ensure the sustainable development of the economy of the mineral resources sector.

The International Competence Centre for Mining Engineering Education, under the auspices of UNESCO, has also been established on the basis of the Saint Petersburg Mining University. Its main objectives are unifying educational standards, developing and implementing a unified global professional registration system for mining engineers, intensifying scientific research aimed at improving the efficiency of mining and processing companies, and reducing environmental pollution. Our network of partners already includes over a hundred technical universities, energy and mining companies in such countries as Austria, the UK, China, Germany, South Africa and many others.

Our efforts to enhance the quality of the university professors, modernize infrastructure and integrate the university into the international scientific and educational environment have been recognized by the QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. It is one of the three most reputable international ranking agencies that offer annually updated lists of top universities worldwide.

For four years in a row, the Mining University has been in the top 20 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject: Engineering - Mineral & Mining. No other Russian institution of higher education in the entire history has managed to achieve such impressive result.

Vladimir Litvinenko, Rector