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  • Twenty-five Jamaican students will be the recipients of full scholarships to study in Russia next year, to be awarded by Russian alumina company, UC Rusal, owners of Alpart, in Nain, St. Elizabeth.
  • The announcement was made on September 7, by Country Manager for UC Rusal in Jamaica, Igor Dorofeev, at the official opening of the Rusal Alpart Jamaica Bauxite export project, held at Port Kaiser, in the parish.
  • Meanwhile, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, said Rusal must be commended for the tremendous act of generosity, noting that the scholarships will be costing the company millions of dollars.

Twenty-five  Jamaican students will be the recipients of full scholarships to study in Russia next year,  to be awarded by Russian alumina company, UC Rusal, owners of Alpart, in Nain, St. Elizabeth.

The announcement was made on September 7, by Country Manager for UC Rusal in Jamaica, Igor Dorofeev, at the official opening of the Rusal Alpart Jamaica Bauxite export project, held at Port Kaiser, in the parish.

“Despite everything we have been through, we have never given up on our social activities in this country and will be giving full scholarships to 25 students next year to study in Russia. This will be added to the five scholarships we gave to some students nearly six years ago,” he informed.

“In 2008 the whole world was hit by a crisis…a severe crisis, the like of which the world has never seen. The alumina industry was hit the hardest and so we were forced to close our three refineries (Ewarton, Kirkvine and Alpart), as a result of the financial crisis,” Mr. Dorofeev said.

He pointed out that even when the three refineries were closed, Rusal continued its close association with the local communities, and has built up a spirit of goodwill, which is now starting to bear fruit.

“These students have been given a commitment that when they are through with their studies, they will be given contracts on their return and will be fully involved in the modernization and re-development of Alpart. Very importantly, these students will be chosen from communities near Alpart,” Mr. Dorofeev noted.

 

Meanwhile, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, said Rusal must be commended for  the tremendous act of generosity, noting that the scholarships will be costing the  company millions of dollars.

“I was in Russia recently, where the scholarships and the commitment were discussed. I am also happy the students selected are those who are living in close proximity to the refinery, which I think is only fair,” the Minister said.