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EPM GROUP AND NSTU SIGN A STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT

Novosibirsk, October 5, 2020. EPM Group and Novosibirsk State Technical University (NSTU), in the presence of the Deputy Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Siberian Federal District, have signed an agreement on strategic partnership in the sphere of education, industry, science and innovation.

Within the framework of the agreement, the parties have created  the necessary conditions for continuous training of the EPM Group's personnel reserve in accordance with international standards. This will ensure a constant inflow of high-level specialists in the field of high-tech production to the Group's enterprises.  

Every year more than fifty people will be trained under the programs for undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate and advanced vocational training. At present, the first stream of students is gaining knowledge on the basics of electrode production at the Department of Chemical Technologies of Carbon Materials.

The agreement provides for joint research and development work in promising areas of scientific development using both the university's and EPM Group's infrastructure.

“The specialist training project with subsequent employment makes a significant contribution to solving social and educational problems in the Siberian Federal District,” commented Vadim Golovko, Deputy Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Siberian Federal District.

“EPM Group is a unique backbone company in the Russian carbon and graphite industry. The availability of educational programs that provide specialized industry knowledge is a crucial foundation for the development of highly qualified personnel and the further development of the company as a whole. At present, the Group employs 87 graduates of NSTU, and we are extremely interested in long-term cooperation,” highlighted Nikolay Naumov, General Director of EPM Group.

Background

EPM Group is a leading Russian company specializing in graphitized carbon products. Its core activity is the production of high-tech electrodes, cathodes, and other graphitized carbon products for the steelmaking, aluminum, ferroalloy, silicon, chemical, and machine-building industries. It has customers in more than 60 countries around the globe. EPM Group includes the Novocherkassk, Chelyabinsk, and Novosibirsk electrode plants, as well as Doncarb Graphite (sites in Novocherkassk and Chelyabinsk).

Novosibirsk State Technical University (NSTU), a Federal State-Funded Educational Institution of Higher Education, is a multidisciplinary university in Novosibirsk. Currently, NTSU is one of the largest universities in the region, teaching 95 specializations (Bachelor's and Master's programs). The university comprises 15 faculties and institutes. The university is engaged in training a highly skilled workforce for high-tech industries in Russia, carrying out world-class fundamental and applied scientific research, and sharing the results of its intellectual activity with the global academic community.