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Applied geology – basic training program for mining and geological industry personnel

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The development of the human resources potential of the mining and geological industry in Russia is largely a task of the state and its institutions. The shortage of qualified personnel in the field of geological study of the subsurface, as well as the gap in the “education – science – production” system are indicated among other things in the list of challenges and threats to the development of the mineral resource base of the Russian Federation in the new Strategy of Development of the Mineral Resource Base of the Russian Federation until 2035. This strategy was developed and adopted by Order of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 2914 of 22.12.2018 (hereinafter – Strategy). Obviously, the solution of the tasks aimed at developing the geological industry of Russia and reproduction of the mineral resource base, formulated in the Strategy, will be provided mainly by the geological knowledge and skills formed in the scientific and practical activities of the new generation of geologists. The current modernization of geological education in the absence of professional standards is aimed at combining the competences of university graduates and qualifications of representatives of the profession of geologists, geophysicists, geochemists, hydrogeologists and geological prospectors. Interaction of universities with mining and geological companies in terms of improving educational standards and training programs is especially important in the conditions of the development and large-scale implementation of new technologies for mineral resources study at all stages of the geological exploration process. Reproduction of the personnel potential of the exploration industry should certainly be under the close attention of the state and under its direct management, as it will largely determine the mineral resources sovereignty of the country.

About the Authors

A. A. Vercheba
Sergo Ordzhonikidze Russian State University for Geological Prospecting “MGRI”
Russian Federation

Alexander A. Vercheba – Dr. Sci. (Geol. and Mineral.), Professor, Assistant Vice Rector, Professor of the Department of Geology of Mineral Deposits

Scopus ID 57205211946


V. A. Makarov
Siberian Federal University
Russian Federation

Vladimir A. Makarov – Dr. Sci. (Geol. and Mineral.), Professor, Head of Geology and exploration techniques

Scopus ID 57188966055



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Vercheba A.A., Makarov V.A. Applied geology – basic training program for mining and geological industry personnel. Gornye nauki i tekhnologii = Mining Science and Technology (Russia). 2023;8(2):183–190.

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