Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the law on ratification of the agreement with UNESCO on the establishment of the International Center for Competences in the mining engineering education in St. Petersburg. The document published on the official internet portal of legal information.
The agreement was signed in Paris on March 7, 2018. It is aimed at defining and creating conditions for the international center's activities, defines its functions and tasks, provides guarantees from the government of the Russian Federation for the center functioning, as well as the contribution of UNESCO to the center's activities.
It is assumed that the structure created on the basis of St. Petersburg Mining University will operate as an independent legal entity in the form of a non-profit autonomous organization.
According to this agreement, the Government of the Russian Federation provides the center for free use of office premises from those that are under the operational management of St. Petersburg Mining University, bears the cost of the center’s activities and maintains its premises, allocates administrative personnel undertakes to transfer annually to the center allocations in the amount of not less than 180 million rubles.
The agreement also defines the possibility of participating in the activities of the international center of UNESCO Member States, including associates, the possibility of using the name and logo of the organization, as well as the procedure for resolving disputes.
St. Petersburg Mining University, founded in 1773, is one of the 800 world universities for mining engineering. Students and graduate students from more than 70 countries of the world study at the university. 60 laboratories and seven research sites equipped with advanced modern equipment are operating on its site. The University’s partners include major companies such as Gazprom, Rosneft, Novatek, Surgutneftegaz, and others.