In the academic year 2020-21, the TSU Faculty of Geology and Geography will begin training students from Indonesia who will subsequently develop new mineral deposits. During a working visit to the city of Ambon (administrative center of Maluku Province), Artyom Rykun, TSU Vice-Rector for International Affairs, and Platon Tishin, Dean of the Faculty of Geology and Geography, discussed the details of collaboration with the University of Pattimura, which, with TSU’s help, should become the main training site for Indonesian geologists.
- The province of Maluku, where TSU's partner the University of Pattimura is located, is interesting in that it recently discovered the largest oil field in the region, which is located in the sea,- says Platon Tishin. - In addition to these resources, there are deposits of solid minerals in the islands - nickel, gold, silver, molybdenum, and others. The problem is that despite having rich natural resources, the country cannot develop them due to the low level of development of geology. The country's leadership has set the University of Pattimura the task of training the personnel necessary for the development of the mining industry.
At the department of mining and geology that will open, programs in geology, geophysics, oil, petrochemistry, and mining will be offered. Their launch will be facilitated by the TSU Faculty of Geology and Geography, which for many decades has trained high-class specialists in these areas. Along with training young people, there is a need to improve the skills of existing specialists, to develop the educational structure and scientific interaction.
- During the visit, we agreed that master’s and graduate students would come to study at TSU, says Platon Tishin. - At the Pre-courses Department, for those whose main subjects were physics and chemistry, leveling courses in the Russian language and geology will be organized. Also, our teachers will give lectures at the University of Pattimura and advise Indonesian colleagues, helping them with methodological support of the educational process.
For TSU, in addition to exporting education, the interest in collaboration with Indonesia lies in researching the territory of this island state. In a country of large coral reefs, it is possible to comprehensively study the process of carbonate formation. This is important for understanding the structure of reservoirs that contain oil and gas deposits. Along with this, Indonesia is very interesting for specialists involved in studying tectonic processes, because the country is located at the junction of three lithospheric plates. To research this area, a TSU research station can be organized.