World Forum of Universities of Resources establishes the global Competence Center

(v.l.) Rektor Prof. Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht mit Prof. Wladimir Stefanowitsch Lit
The rectors of the universities of resources for sustainability have agreed upon the establishment of the Competence Center for Mining-Engineering Education under the UNESCO auspices on the occasion of the world assembly in Saint-Petersburg on the 29th of September.

The executive committee to manage this project consists of the rectors of mining universities in Saint-Petersburg, Freiberg and Leoben. They will be supported by the other 10 rectors from all over the world.

„In our new Competence Center we will be able to advance the university education in the area of natural resources to a higher level and set the worldwide standards”, explain the rectors of the Saint-Petersburg Mining University, Prof. Vladimir Stefanovich Litvinenko, Prof. Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht, the rector of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, and Prof. Wilfried Eichlseder, the rector of the Montanuniversität Leoben.

All together, the universities of resources want to stimulate the tertiary education of the engineers in the raw materials extraction, processing and recycling, and to bring it to the unitary standard. “We are facing the complex task of using our natural resources to benefit society without damaging the environment”, says Prof. Barbknecht. In order to find the solution to these new challenges we need competent young professionals worldwide. „By establishing the Competence Center the World Forum of Universities of Resources for Sustainability has made a significant step towards this aim.” The TU Bergakademie Freiberg supports the project with its substantial knowledge and experience in the areas of geosciences, materials and economics.

The World Forum of the Universities of Resources was founded in 2012 by the TU Bergakademie Freiberg and the Saint-Petersburg Mining University. Together with other partners from all over the world they deal with the global challenges of the 21st century. In 2016, already for the fifth time the forum enables the international scientific exchange between the established scientists and future decisions makers. Since its foundation, it has taken place in Trondheim, Norway, Leoben, Austria, and Akita, Japan.