The signing of an agreement of intent on the creation of a professional community of technical universities "Subsoil of Africa" took place at St Petersburg Mining University on July 27. Rector of St Petersburg University of Telecommunications Ruslan Kirichek took part in the event.
The subject of the memorandum is the creation of a consortium of higher technical educational institutions in Russia and Africa. The new structure will develop and coordinate Russian-African cooperation in the field of education and science based on the best achievements of Russian higher education. The consortium will help to develop academic mobility, create research centers and contribute to the formation of a multipolar world based on the equality of cultures and peoples.
International Competence Center in Mining Engineering Education under the auspices of UNESCO, established on the basis of St Petersburg Mining University, signed a document from the Russian side. On behalf of Africa, the document was signed by members of the initiative group representing 9 African countries: Angola, Ghana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Namibia, Nigeria, Mali, South Africa.
One of the consortium's headquarters will be located in St Petersburg Mining University, the second - in African countries on a rotating basis.
The Consortium launch project was supported by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, and its discussion is included in the official program of the Second Russia–Africa Forum, which started St Petersburg on July 27.
SPbSUT has been successfully teaching students from Africa for a long time, participates in African Days, African Festivals, Days of National Cultures, organizes Foreign Language Weeks and other projects. Rector of SPbSUT Ruslan Kirichek spoke in Moscow at the Russia-Africa IT Forum in the spring of 2023, where he announced the University's plans to train managers in the technical field to work in Africa.