Despite the challenges of time, studies at the university continue with 440 students in the first set.
The mining and metals complex is one of the key branches of the economy. A full-scale war caused devastating losses, but even in such difficult times, steel industry has the potential for recovery and development. Metinvest Group – the largest mining and metals company in Ukraine, is the initiator and founder of a new unique University that trains competitive specialists in engineering and technical specialties.
The strategic decision to open a higher technical educational institution was made by the Metinvest Group with the aim of bringing education in Ukraine to a qualitatively new level. Construction began in 2021.
The scale of the project was impressive. A modern 12-story educational building, a dormitory and a sports complex were built practically in the center of Mariupol. In March 2021, the university accepted the first students. These were not yet undergraduate students whose studies were scheduled to begin in September 2022, but specialists who were improving their knowledge in the specialties «Metallurgy», «Occupational Safety and Industrial Safety» and «Mining». That is, the university had already started working at that time.
The company plans to continue building the university after winning the war
On February 23, a story about how the construction of a new higher education campus in Mariupol is progressing appeared on one of the Ukrainian TV channels. It was about the fact that a whole student town was being built – in the main 12-story building of the technical university Metinvest Polytechnic it was planned to place classrooms, a library and state-of-the-art laboratories, and a terrace was to be built on the roof. In parallel with the construction of the educational building, a dormitory for future students was built, which was to be equipped with a gym, showers, a laundry room and a medical unit. A sports complex was to be built nearby, and football, volleyball and basketball fields were to be opened.
But the next day the war started. And at the beginning of March, as a result of the Mariupol bombing, Metinvest Polytechnic University suffered significant damage.
But its story did not end there. On March 30, 2022, in an interview with the YouTube channel «Ukraine 24», the CEO of the company Metinevest Yuriy Ryzhenkov spoke about the fate of the newly established university.
As of today (March 30, 2022, ed.) the project is not closed. We are trying to save the staff: most of them were evacuated and continue to work on the development of training programs. Here it is important to understand that the Polytechnic is not a beautiful building and not scientific laboratories that we have already ordered. These are, first of all, people, the teaching staff, which we gathered piece by piece. And it is very difficult because many teachers left the country because there was no demand for these specialties. We were able to save this skeleton,» he emphasized.— Yuriy Ryzhenkov
So, even though a full-scale war began in the country, even though the city of Mariupol was practically wiped off the face of the earth, MP continued to work – already in online mode.
The construction of a modern educational institution will continue after the victory
Despite the war and the occupation of Mariupol, the first non-state mining and metals university in Ukraine, Metinvest Polytechnic, in September 2022 carried out the first recruitment of students in its history for all educational programs at the bachelor’s and master’s level. On September 19, 2022, more than 350 students began studying modern engineering and technical educational programs.
Despite all the obstacles, the management decided to preserve the university, preserve the dream of the «Polytechnic of the Future», and provide students with the opportunity to obtain a European-level education in Ukraine.
The company launched the work of Metinvest Polytechnic in the mode of combined online and offline education, observing all safety measures for students and teachers. The university managed to preserve almost completely its teaching staff. In the first months of the full-scale invasion, the university not only continued to prepare for studies in licensed educational programs for bachelors and masters, but also resumed training and advanced training courses in seven areas for Metinvest employees.
The modern university building will be completed after the victory
In addition, Metinvest Polytechnic developed new ones educational programs, which will combine several specialties and make it possible to train multi-competent leading engineers for the implementation of projects for the restoration and reconstruction of Ukrainian industry and urban infrastructure in general.
Already in September 2022, more than 150 students have enrolled in first- and second-year bachelor’s degree programs, and more than 200 people are obtaining a master’s degree. Metallurgy, computer science, automation and computer-integrated technologies, as well as labor protection were the most attractive for first-year students. The most popular master’s degree programs are computer science and digital intelligence, labor safety audit and consulting, steel metallurgy, and intelligent management systems at iron and steel industry.
Among the entrants to Metinvest Polytechnic are graduates of colleges and lyceums, employees of Metinvest enterprises from Zaporizhzhia, Pokrovsk, Kamianske, and Kryvyi Rih, as well as residents of Mariupol and Avdiivka who left their homes because of the war.
So the university is alive. While the war is going on in our country, the Ministry of Education works in online mode, but after it ends, it is planned to resume the construction of the most modern educational buildings and the student campus.
Currently, the Ministry of Education is actively training high-class specialists who are fully proficient in the profession and can work at a high level from the first day at any enterprise in the world. It cannot be otherwise, because after the victory of Ukraine in this war, it will very much need competent and educated engineers.
Metallurgy students of Metinvest Polytechnic understand well the prospects of this profession, so they are happy to share their impressions of the educational process, as well as their own vision of the future of Ukrainian steel industry. Dmytro Bohdan, student of the educational and professional program «Steel metallurgy», says about studying at MP: «After the Victory at the stage of restoration of our country, modern steel specialists will be in great demand, it is predicted. Therefore, I really believe that the program I chose is prestigious, interesting and relevant. I hope that the study will help in the development of my career, and this is a priority for me. In my opinion, the main thing is the desire to study and work. I have hope and faith that the management of any steel enterprise will support and contribute to the further development of young specialists. With this approach to business, there will always be prospects.»
Among the students of the first non-state mining and metals university are employees of Zaporizhzhia enterprises of Metinvest. For them, this is a good opportunity to raise their own professional level and learn a new, additional specialty.
«When I learned that our Company was founding the Metinvest Polytechnic University, I immediately knew that I would study there. I sent the documents for admission to the «Materials science» educational program without hesitation, because I was sure that I would get the high-quality knowledge I needed. Lectures are held six times a week, in the evening, thanks to which I am not distracted from work. Learning is not easy, but I clearly understand in which areas of my profession I will be able to apply them. It is especially interesting to learn technical English. All this knowledge expands my professional capabilities, thanks to them I can now, for example, create my own project for production. And this is just the beginning!» says one of the students, the head of the laboratory of Zaporizhstal TsVAPK Oleksandra Liolko.
In general, about 70 employees of the Metinvest Group in Zaporizhzhia joined studying at Metinvest Polytechnic. Such educational areas as metallurgy, computer science, civil safety, labor protection, cost management of business, material science, automation and computer-integrated technologies, environmental protection technologies, management and business analytics were the most in demand among Zaporizhzhia steelmakers. Currently, due to the security situation, students acquire knowledge remotely on modern digital educational platforms. Training is organized according to a flexible schedule, which allows students to get an education without breaking away from the main job.
Diana Fomenko – a master’s student who chose the direction of management for her own educational and professional growth. She spoke about the motivation for choosing a higher education institution, her first impressions of studying at Metinvest Polytechnic, and she also shared her dreams and further plans for the future.
– The main motivation for the choice was that the university offers its students all the opportunities for self-development, interesting classes with modern cases, in-depth study of the English language, which is up-to-date. Educational materials are taught by really highly qualified teachers – specialists in their field. Also, one of the reasons for joining for me was the opportunity to realize my personal qualities in practice. I really like distance learning. I have been studying online since I was a bachelor (***graduated from Zaporizhzhia National University, Political Science, diploma with honors, in parallel, I am studying there now). This format is a cool opportunity. In real time, we can not only listen to the teacher, but also immediately see the presentation. Thanks to the digital platform, the visual component helps to better perceive and remember the material. Considering the difficult security situation in our country, this form of education allows you to get an education from any corner of the world, without stopping on the way to your own dream. I would like to note that the lectures are really interesting, there are enough practical tasks in pairs. I would really like to get an opportunity to get a job and prove my expertise in practice at one of the enterprises of the Metinvest Group in Zaporizhzhia. I think that Metinvest Polytechnic is cool and modern. I am glad to be a part of the new educational history.
Svitlana Vysotska – the leading quality engineer of the Central Mining, and from now on she is also a student of the technical university Metinvest Polytechnic under the educational program «Open development of deposits». She talked about the motivation for entering and choosing an educational program.
– My first educational field is metallurgy. But in life, it turned out that in the future I connected my career with mining. Currently, I work at the Central Mining of the Metinvest Group as a product quality specialist. I consider my work not only interesting, but also responsible: we verify data, control quality indicators, train employees in the latest technologies implemented at the enterprise. I really love my job, I am passionate about the world of mining and I always enjoy what I do! I never miss an opportunity to learn, to become more professional, to enrich myself with knowledge. When I heard about the first recruitment to the new technical university, I chose Metinvest Polytechnic because, working at an enterprise of our Group, I really want to study at a university, get a higher education. I like creativity, the teachers are professional, modern, tell interesting stories and motivate. In my opinion, this is how strong, reliable and professional specialists are trained. I am confident that we will overcome difficulties and step by step reach our goal, we will receive knowledge from industry leaders who will share their experience with us. We will definitely rebuild our flourishing Ukraine, and additional knowledge will help us in this!
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