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En+ Group Announced Beginning of Strategic Partnership with ISU and NR IrSTU

En+ Group announced the beginning of strategic partnership with Irkutsk State University and National Research Irkutsk State Technical University.

Irkutsk, April 20, 2010 — Leading Russian diversified industrial group En+ Group announced the beginning of strategic partnership with Irkutsk State University (ISU) and National Research Irkutsk State Technological University (NRIrSTU). The CEO of En+ Group Artem Volynets and heads of both universities signed the subsequent agreements.
Collaborative educational programs for students and teachers, programs of internship of students and post-graduates at the enterprises of the Group as well as scientific, technical and innovative activities are the key directions of collaboration of En+ Group and leading Irkutsk universities.
Under the signed Agreement at the first stage En+ Group will finance holding at ISU and NR IrSTU of lectures of famous Russian and foreign scientists and organize the internship of students in following companies of the Group: UC RUSAL, OJSC EvroSibEnergo (Irkutskenergo), SoyuzMetallResource and others.
In the academic year 2011-2012 En+ Group will start financing of grant system for gifted students and post-graduates of NR IrSTU. At the same time the company will look into the possibility of financing innovative projects of ISU and NR IrSTU in the field of energy, energy efficiency, metallurgy, mining industry and ecology, their further commercialization and implementation at the enterprises of the Group.
At the next stages En+ Group plans to organize an exchange program for students and post-graduates of both universities with foreign universities.

Comments of strategic partners on concluding the agreement:

Artem Volynets, CEO of En+ Group:

— We are certain that East Siberia is going to become one of the key growth locations of Russian economy for future decades. Hundreds of new high-tech enterprises, railroads and motor highways will be constructed here. In fact, a whole new comfortable infrastructure for life will be created here. En+ Group sees itself as one of the main driving powers of East Siberia development, and this we consider it necessary to invest in creating and development of Siberian scientific and managerial potential, without which the development of region will not be possible. The beginning of collaboration with ISU, the oldest university in East Siberia, and with NR IrSTU, one of the best technical universities of Russia, will be a worthy continuation of our program of partnership with the leading universities of Siberia.

Igor Gutnik, acting President of ISU:
— Signing the strategic collaboration agreement of our university with one of the most rapidly developing Russian industrial groups, oriented at the development of East Siberia is an important event and we expect that this collaboration is going to be mutually beneficial. For our university this means an exclusive possibility to define current requirements to the quality of specialists’ preparation for the future knowledge economy. I am positive that immense scientific potential of our university will be fully engaged as a result of this collaboration.

Ivan Golovnykh, President of NR IrSTU:

— For a long time NR IrSTU has been successfully collaborating with En+ Group companies — UC RUSAL and OAO Irkutskenergo (OJSC EvroSibEnergo subsidiary). En+ Group is very important for us as a strategic partner as it has resources and invests almost all of them in the field of preparation of employees which are a part of NR IrSTU. In particular, they include fuel and energy complex and non-ferrous metallurgy. Completing scientific research works as orders of companies is also very important. I am sure that expansion of our partnership relations and collaborative development programs will help to impove the university’s positions in scientific and research activities.

Press service of En+ Group

April 20, 2011

April 20, 2011
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