On October 18th, 2018, the grand opening of the newest NUST MISIS branch—the University`s 6th branch and 2nd one abroad—took place in Uzbekistan. Mikhail Kotyukov, Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, Abdullo Khursanov, Chairman of the Board of Almalyk Mining and Metallurgical JSC, and Alevtina Chernikova, Rector of NUST MISIS, took part in the opening ceremony. The main activities of the branch will be training highly-qualified engineering and technical personnel to solve important scientific & technological tasks for the Republic`s industry.
NUST MISIS has been closely cooperating with Uzbekistan throughout its history, providing training for highly-qualified personnel for the mining and metallurgical industries. As part of the cooperative expansion with Uzbekistan, NUST MISIS has opened a new branch of the university in Almalyk. The decision to establish the branch was supported by the governments of both countries.
Mikhail Kotyukov, Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, welcomed all the participants and guests of the NUST MISIS branch during the opening ceremony held in Almalyk. Kotyukov noted that in August 2018, when the Russian Ministry of Science and Education made the decision to open the branch in Almalyk, it was one of the newly created Ministry’s very first decisions:
“The creation of this branch opens up the beginning of a very large joint program for the development of the University, the city, and the industrial partners, who have invested their resources and soul to create this wonderful place”.
The Minister expressed confidence that the opening of NUST MISIS`s new branch would contribute to the development of a high-quality training program that could carry out important research in the future.
“Even today, this branch has gathered [NUST MISIS], future specialists, and partnering companies, and the number [involved here] will only increase”, said Mikhail Kotyukov.
NUST MISIS cooperates with all of Uzbekistan’s key industrial companies which implement complex projects in the spheres of education and research. Navoi Mining and Metallurgy Combinat, UzbekSteel Combinat, Uzbek Railway, as well as GM Uzbekistan are among the University`s key partners.
NUST MISIS also implements the best educational and research practices in Uzbekistan, thanks to close long-term cooperation with Metalloinvest, a leading mining and metallurgical company. Joint training, internships and career enhancement programs with Metalloinvest enterprises, as well as laboratory and scientific research into steel and iron will all contribute to training high-level mining and metallurgical specialists receive at the new branch.
“Today, more than 400 students from Uzbekistan study at NUST MISIS in mining and metallurgical specializations, and many of them [are post-graduate students]. 15 of these post-graduate students, under the guidance of the University`s leading scientists, are now preparing for their thesis defense. In the
2018-19academic year, 150 students will be studying at the Almalyk branch, and our task is to provide them with every opportunity that NUST MISIS has in the fields of science and education”, said Alevtina Chernikova, Rector of NUST MISIS.
The educational process will follow the curriculum and programs approved by NUST MISIS, while accounting for Uzbekistan’s educational standard requirements. The educational process will involve not only specialists from Uzbekistan but also highly-skilled teaching personnel from Russia with a multitude of teaching experience in leading Russian and international universities.
The main tasks facing the NUST MISIS branch in Uzbekistan are the training of qualified personnel for the actively developing industries in Uzbekistan and the creation of research centers and laboratories for fundamental and applied research in the fields of metallurgy and mining in accordance with the requests of key business partners.