Siberian Federal University: SibFU’s Climate REC to Cooperate with Mongolia

Representatives of Siberian Federal University and the management of Yenisey Siberia Research and Educational Centre as part of the delegation of the government of Krasnoyarsk Territory took part in a business forum held on 7-9 June 2022 in the capital of the Mongolian People’s Republic, the city of Ulaanbaatar.

Within the framework of the forum, the delegation presented the research potential of the university, in particular the SibFU’s climate research centre, and the industrial and technological potential of Krasnoyarsk Territory, the Republics of Tyva and Khakassia. As Alexander Uss, governor of Krasnoyarsk Territory and head of the delegation, noted, there are many points for developing relations between Mongolia and Krasnoyarsk Territory. During the forum, the parties reached agreements on cooperation in such areas as industry, subsoil development, construction, medicine, and tourism. Education became a special topic for building promising ties.

“Siberian Federal University is one of the most successful and actively developing universities in our country. So far, there are not so many students from Mongolia studying there, although the School of Petroleum Engineering, and the School of Non-Ferrous Metals and Materials Science, and advanced engineering schools can be in great demand by Mongolian students and young people,” said the Governor of Krasnoyarsk Territory.

During the visit to Mongolia, the delegation held meetings with officials of the Ministry of Ecology and Tourism of Mongolia and the mayor’s office of Ulaanbaatar, where they discussed the participation of the REC in the implementation of the Billion Trees national project of Mongolia. Organisations that are part of the first climate REC, created last year on the basis of Siberian Federal University, can share their experience in this area, as they have already dealt with afforestation and forest reclamation in the regions of Central Asia.

“Our colleagues assessed the research infrastructure of SibFU. They were especially interested in training in such areas as ecology, climate projects, thermal power engineering, and transport. In Mongolia, they want to adopt our experience in landscaping and creating forest park zones. Another aspect is cooperation in the field of mining and metallurgy, and oil and gas production. In these areas, we will exchange knowledge, practices, and specialists, and we are also going to form joint scientific teams. A program for the Billion Trees project is already underway,” Sergey Verkhovets, director of the project office of Yenisey Siberia REC, shared about the plans for cooperation.

Within the framework of cooperation, it is planned to increase the enrolment of applicants from Mongolia.

“Russia, specifically Krasnoyarsk Territory, has great prospects for cooperation with Mongolia, primarily due to our geographical position. We expect that in addition to developments in the field of climate and forest projects, cooperation will affect the education sector. The university has high rates in the field of metallurgy and subsoil development, which colleagues from Mongolia are also interested in,” summed up Maksim Rumiantsev, rector of Siberian Federal University, commenting on the results of the visit.