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Acron Creates Talent Pool

First group of specialists graduates from Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University degree programme promoted by Acron

The first group of specialists has graduated from Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University with degrees in Applied and Fundamental Chemistry, a programme introduced in 2012 at the initiative of Acron.

Eleven graduation projects were presented to the State Attestation Board by students majoring in Applied and Fundamental Chemistry. The projects covered topics such as raw materials improvement at production sites, process flow optimisation and improving the efficiency of existing equipment.

It is important to note that a number of the graduates who majored in this field received scholarships from Acron. Their graduation projects were of particular interest to the Company and were supervised by Alexander Babkin, head of the urea unit synthesis and distillation shop at Acron.

“The presentation of graduation projects met the highest standards”, said Irina Zykova, one of the Attestation Board’s members and the Head of the University department of applied and fundamental chemistry.

“The topics are interesting and, more importantly, have practical relevance”.

As a result, seven projects were awarded the highest grade “Excellent”, while the remaining four were graded “Good”. Some of the projects were recommended to Acron for implementation. Two graduates have already accepted job offers from Acron’s production facility in Veliky Novgorod.

According to Elena Tarasova, head of Acron’s Centre for Process and Sanitary Control, “Time has shown that this profession is in demand; young people who choose chemistry as a future occupation are keen to study in this department. This is evidenced by competition for admission, which gets tougher each year. For instance, in 2015 the number of applicants exceeded the number of state-funded places by a factor of four”.

Tarasova continued, “During their studies, students complete apprenticeships at the Company, meet managers and shop heads and take guided tours at the plant. These efforts focused on training future specialists give us confidence that the Company will have access to highly-qualified personnel”.