# NORILSK. “Taimyr Telegraph” – Every year more and more students from other cities enter the Fedorovsky Polar State University (formerly NGII). The teaching staff is also changing: in recent years, it has been updated by about a third of the mainland staff.
As ZSU Rector Dmitry Dubrov said, there was no such influx of nonresident students in the educational institution for a very long time. The situation can only be compared with the distant Soviet years, when the Norilsk Institute was still a technical school.
Now all levels of educational programs are open at the university, while the number of students, of whom today is about 2400, has been growing for the last three to four years.
“Last year, the Agency under the Ministry of the Far East and the Arctic conducted a study on universities located in the Arctic zone of Russia, and it turned out that for 20 years not a single university, except ours, has grown by students. We are ready to grow further – we are still ready to accept students, open new directions and specialties, as well as revive directions that for some reason were once closed. And I really hope that not only local guys, but also newcomers will become our students, ”said Dmitry Dubrov.
The rector also noted that 40 nonresident students are currently studying at the university. Ten of them entered this academic year, which is about twice as many as in the previous year. The children are provided with free housing, material assistance and a scholarship, which is seriously different from the mainland.
In addition, they also receive bonus cash rewards for participating in various social events. However, the university still hopes that soon the newcomers will have a student hostel and they will not have to move into rented apartments.
“Unfortunately, we do not have our own hostel yet. But the newcomers do not remain homeless. Norilsk Nickel promised us to allocate funds for the renovation of the main campus, as well as for the renovation of another building, which will include a dormitory for about 100-150 beds. We will count on this number of nonresident students in the near future. We understand that we have already gone beyond our hometown, so we must attract new personnel to the territory. I think that the hostel will appear in about two years, ”said the rector of ZSU.
Speaking about scholarships, Dmitry Dubrov assured that in theory they can reach 90 thousand rubles – 30 thousand for each exam on the Unified State Examination, passed for one hundred points. However, in practice, there are no such students at the university yet, but there are guys whose scholarships reach 60 thousand.
Dmitry Dubrov recalled that Norilsk Nickel is actively involved in the development of the university, which is the northernmost in the country. At the end of 2019, a development strategy was approved, providing for the transformation of the institution until 2025. The project is being implemented jointly with the Norilsk Development Agency with the participation of the municipality, federal, international experts and with the support of the company.
According to the program, ZSU is to become one of the leading universities of the international network of Arctic universities in solving strategic problems of the Arctic development. The educational institution has already created a center for research and monitoring of permafrost soils. The plans include the development of projects in the direction of mining. In addition, ZSU opened six master’s programs.
“The priority for the mainland children is the faculties, which are especially relevant for Norilsk Nickel. These are mining, metallurgy, production automation. We invite students from all over the country: we will provide them with good knowledge and, which is important, after studying with 100% confidence they will find a job, ”explained the rector of the university.
Norilsk attracts not only nonresident students, but also teachers. So, over the past three years, 20 people from the teaching staff have got a job at the university, two more teachers will come before the end of this year. Thus, in three years, the teaching staff has been updated by about a third – they even came from France and Vietnam. The average salary of teachers is more than 100 thousand rubles, although five years ago it was two times less.
“We do not stop at what has been achieved: we continue to select personnel, we are going to develop directions. More students means more teachers. We invite you with an advanced degree. Of course, it happens that teachers who do not have a degree come to us, but in a short time they “defend themselves,” noted Dmitry Dubrov.
Associate Professor Aleksey Cheremisin, a chemistry teacher at the Department of Metallurgy of Non-Ferrous Metals, came from Altai in September last year. And a year later he brought his family. His work experience in the profession is 23 years; he wants to stay in the North for at least five years.
“I received an invitation from the university. The conditions seemed to me good: the northern lift, a service apartment, a five-year contract with a good salary. I believe that five years is the period when a person can decide whether he can continue to work in polar conditions. I think it won’t be a big problem for me and my family, ”he said.
The teacher also explained that, in his opinion, one of the biggest problems for students from other cities is finding a place of practice:
“In Norilsk, the company immediately invites to practice, and it is paid. Therefore, a young man who has received a diploma from our university will definitely not be left without work. If a guy or a girl wants a quality education, they don’t have to chase institutes that graduate a huge number of students, because very often everything is done there according to a template. There is an opportunity to work with each student individually ”.
Third-year student Ivan Baulin is studying to be a mine surveyor. After graduating from high school in his native Kurgan, he did not know exactly where to continue his studies. After consulting with his father, he decided to try himself in the mining industry, and chose Norilsk as a place of study. Three years later, the guy does not regret his choice.
“At first it was difficult, or rather unusual. But it’s interesting. Now everything is fine with me, and I am already beginning to feel like a Norilsk resident, – the student admits. – I am pleased with the scholarship, and in general, the attitude of the university towards students, including visitors. But what I like especially here is that after graduation, I am guaranteed to get a job. At home I tell my friends about the university, so I also campaign a little for Norilsk. “
Ilya Poltavsky, a freshman of the metallurgical faculty from the Rostov region, is of the same opinion about the northern city and the prospects that Norilsk Nickel provides to students.
“My older brothers live and work in Norilsk. They often talked about the city and work. Having understood all the advantages, I decided to move here – to unlearn and work in the future at the Polar Division. My former classmates say that they have little financial assistance from the university. For example, in Rostov, my friend receives a scholarship of only three thousand, and this is an increased one, that is, for them it is a “ceiling”. Our scholarships are much higher, and we are also awarded prizes for participating in events. “
Ilya also shared that he lives alone in a one-room apartment, which he, like other visiting students, is rented by the university:
“The apartment is in good repair, with completely new appliances: when I checked in, even the refrigerator was in the package. The university pays rent and even gives pocket money. Therefore, I am sure that during my studies I will be socially protected here. In general, Norilsk, if compared with many regions, is a very attractive city in terms of prospects and salaries. You don’t need to work two or three jobs here to support your family. You can work in the same enterprise, and at the same time have a good life and confidence in the future. And the frosts don’t scare me at all. “
Earlier, “Taimyr Telegraph” said that the Polar State University began with the Norilsk Mining and Metallurgical College.
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Photo: Press Service of the Polar Division of Norilsk Nickel
October 11, 2021