IOM3 partners with UNESCO Centre for Mining Engineering Education and Competence

14 Jun 2019

On 14 June 2019, a delegation from IOM3 visited the Russian Ambassador’s Residence in an official signing ceremony with representatives from UNESCO Centre for Mining and Saint-Petersburg Mining University. IOM3 CEO Colin Church signed three agreements alongside Professor Vladimir S. Litvinenko, Rector of Saint-Pertersburg Mining University, Russia.

The main agreement is between the UNESCO Centre and IOM3, appointing the latter as the lead organisation in the Centre’s work to develop global standard(s) for professional competence in minerals, mining and petroleum engineering.

Colin Church FIMMM CEnv said, ‘Together we are working to develop global standards for competence in mining engineering that will enable investors, local communities, regulators and stakeholders to have greater confidence in mining operations where those undertaking them have met these competence standards.’

Two other agreements were also signed with the National Association of Mining Engineers of the Russian Federation; one to set up a IOM3 Local Society in St Petersburg ; the second agreement will allow that Local Society to undertake peer review assessing and make recommendation for the award of CEng/Sci/Env and MIMMM to IOM3.

Rector Litvinenko said, ‘After all this time, we have got to know each other so well – this is not the finish, it is just the start. What we are doing here is not only important for the mining university and Great Britain but for the whole mining community. The process is going to be extremely complicated and the journey is going to be long but what we do know is that the mining community should tackle issues and this will require joint collaboration from other countries.’

Vladimir Borezenkov Head of the UNESCO Centre added that IOM3 was instrumental in the process and the harbour of the whole process stating that ‘IOM3 was not a spontaneous choice, we came to you because we had known about you and what we are going to sign today, at least for Russia is revolutionary.’

Also speaking on behalf of IOM3 about the partnership, President Serena Best CBE FREng CEng FIMMM, said, ‘I would like to express my thanks for the Ambassador for having us here today. We are pleased to move forward with the next phase of the collaboration. I wanted to say how impressed I am with the University and the students who attend there – it is truly a first class establishment. Equally for these young people, the degree they get is just the start of life-long learning and so the professional qualifications they can now obtain is a great step and something that our collaboration has cemented.’ 

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