The National Mineral Resources University "Mining" this autumn hosted the VIII conference of the Russian-German mineral commodities Forum. The main theme was the prospects of partnership between the two countries in the mineral commodity sector. The representatives of the SPE Timan-Pechora section took part in the organization and the activities of the conference which also included the rector of USTU Professor, Doctor of Technical Sciences N. D. Skhadaya who moderated the section ‟ Resources and environmental protection: technological, economical and legal aspects". Ph.D. S.A. Leontiev and Ph.D. G.V. Buslaev the Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation and the Head of the well design department of USTU respectively presented a paper titled "Russian-German scientific and educational cooperation in the development of methods for utilization of associated petroleum gas".
The regular Russian-German forum on natural resources consumption was founded on the 10th of October 2006 by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Russian President Vladimir Putin. During the nine years of its existence it become an influential professional platform, where in the form of an open dialogue the strategic issues relating to the effective use of raw materials, innovative, educational and scientific development of both countries are debated.
The opening ceremony was held in the new multi-purpose student complex "Mining". The facility was built "from the scratch" and opened its doors only just of recent. Russian-German mineral resources Forum was the first major event held within its perimeters. Amongst the participants were a lot of students (both Russian and German) who were privileged to get a great opportunity to share experiences, discuss topics related to their scientific work, better understanding of each other’s mentality and reaffirm to themselves the necessity of the course: policy for friendship and good neighborliness. This year given the difficult political environment, the conference more than ever before received the status of a more current event. In fact, today it remains the only significant social event where both parties can discuss complex issues affecting the relationship between Russia and Germany in the fields of ensuring stable supply of raw materials to European consumers and in the geopolitics. Guests at Forum from the Russian side were about 700 people - Russian business and science elites, as well as members of the Government of the Russian Federation. The German contingent had in it more than 300 prominent public and political figures, heads of large companies and enterprises, well-known scientists and politicians who were clearly focused on friendship and good neighborly relations between the two countries.
Word for Russian universities
In addition, delegates at the forum signed a number of cooperation agreements which notably included the agreement between the Mining University, the Bavarian chemical cluster (Chemie-Cluster Bayern GmbH) and the Bavarian competence center for the development of industrial sites (Bavarian Competence Center for Site Development) for the establishment of the Russian-German center of competence in the field of mining and minerals with a representative office in Germany. The Competence Center is designed to help optimize oil and gas production, processing of mineral raw materials in Russia and developing new industrial clusters for the mining of solid mineral resources. According to both parties, the centre will make a significant contribution towards the sustainable industrialization of Russia and will also facilitate access to the Russian market for German companies.
At the same time, the new structure will simplify the framework for access to world markets for specialized domestic companies that will demonstrate willingness to cooperate with the Centre.
One of the tasks of the Competence Centre will be the identification of specific technological needs of specialized industries and the organization of technological exchange in order to optimize and improve the quality of production facilities in Russia. Partners will be able to obtain a whole range of services - from consultation to support from the project "full construction".
The intellectual potential will be provided by Russian universities which form part of the consortium of mineral resources universities in Russia and a number of higher education institutions in Germany. Amongst those universities are; Technical University of Munich which has joined the body of organizers, as well as Freiberg University of Mining and Technology, with whom Ukhta State Technical University has established strong business ties.
Participants at the Russian-German Mineral Resources Forum are convinced that it is a very promising project bearing huge potential. After all, one of the key factors for the success of any cluster is international cooperation founded on openness with emphasis to collaboration and cooperation. The clear objective – the development of economic relations between the two countries despite the momentary political situation on ground is the cornerstone of the Russian-German Mineral Resources Forum. Signing the agreement for the establishment of competence in the field of mining and minerals - is one of the practical steps for the implementation of this postulate.