Murmansk universities to train personnel for the Arctic
© RIA Novosti. Vitaliy Ankov

Murmansk universities to train personnel for the Arctic

Murmansk State Technical University and Murmansk Arctic University will offer major subjects related to Arctic development.

At International Military-Technical forum Army-2020, United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) agreed to partner with Murmansk State Technical University, which educates students in maritime professions.

"We are rebooting our university in the maritime specialties. Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov agreed to head the Supervisory Council. We will educate people to provide our shipbuilding plants with young professionals," said Murmansk Region Governor Andrei Chibis.

USC CEO Alexei Rakhmanov supported the Governor's proposal. "We badly need people that are interested in the shipbuilding professions and who have an engineering education in these technical specialties," Rakhmanov said.

Murmansk Arctic University will be upgraded as well. It will offer majors in four new subjects: chemistry, metallurgy, automation of production and chemical processes in the mining industry.

"Based on the requests of employers, stakeholders in the region, we are launching degrees in new specialties. We have reorganized our programs with project modules in mind. This year we received licenses at the request of Norilsk Nickel for four programs: chemistry, metallurgy, production automation and chemical processes in the mining industry," said Acting Rector Irina Shadrina.

Shadrina added that the university had submitted requests for government grants to the ministry for 2021 in these specialties. The university plans to increase the range of Arctic education programs based on proposals from industry and interested government departments.

"The Ministry of Transport asked us to offer new major subjects that will be required during the construction of the Murmansk Transport Hub. We have ambitious plans to receive licenses for new Arctic education programs on transport logistics, architectural design, and medical cybernetics. We will also extend our existing programs with digital technology, for instance, improving mining efficiency through automation," Shadrina said.