TU Freiberg is the Germany office of the Competence Center for Education in the Raw Materials Sector
Through diverse research activities, the network also contributes to the fulfillment of the sustainability goals of the United Nations.
Prof. Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht, Rector of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg and project coordinator Prof. Carsten Drebenstedt signed on 22 January the agreement to set up an office of the International Competence Center for Mining-Engineering Education under the auspices of UNESCO for Germany in Freiberg. The contract was signed in a virtual ceremony with representatives of the UNESCO center with headquarters at St. Petersburg Mining University, making Freiberg the seat of one of the four national representations in the UNESCO member states. The core tasks of the center are, for example, the promotion of ideas and innovations and the global dialog between states and universities to harmonize raw material extraction, environmental protection and social issues as well as the support of exchange and mobility programs for students and researchers.
“As early as 2012, TU Bergakademie Freiberg and Gorny University launched the World Forum of Universities of Resources on Sustainability network and are continuously committed to the establishment of the International Competence Center for Mining-Engineering Education. I am very pleased that cooperation in geological engineering is now being raised to a new level. With the establishment of the branch office for Germany, TU Bergakademie Freiberg is assuming a pioneering role and at the same time assuming a special responsibility," says Rector Prof. Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht on the occasion of the signing of the contract.
"The office of the UNESCO center in Freiberg will actively contribute to the UNESCO center with its distinctive international network and the existing international education and research provision and at the same time contribute to the strengthening and further development of TU Bergakademie Freiberg," predicts Prof. Carsten Drebenstedt. In the coming years, among other things, further training opportunities for researchers and engineers with a focus on the responsible use of mineral and energetic raw materials are to be developed.
Further branches of the center are located in Leoben/Austria, Lappeenranta/Finland and London/UK.