institutes of higher education that train engineers for work in branches of the mining industry, including the coal and peat industries; the production of ferrous, nonferrous, and rare metal ores; chemical raw materials and building materials production; and the petroleum and natural-gas industries.
In 1971 the following mining institutes were operative in the USSR: the Artem Dnepropetrovsk Mining Institute, the G. V. Plekhanov Leningrad Mining Institute, the Moscow Mining Institute, the V. V. Vakhrushev Sverdlovsk Mining Institute (1916), and the Krivoi Rog Mining Institute (1922). In all of these institutes there are day schools, evening schools (with the exception of the Krivoi Rog Mining Institute), and correspondence schools, as well as postgraduate programs. The term of study is from five years to five years and six months. In order to receive a diploma, students must successfully present a final project. Graduates receive the qualification of mining engineer with indication as to area of specialization, whether production technology, mine surveying, construction, physics, mechanics, electrical engineering, or economics.
The Dnepropetrovsk, Leningrad, Moscow, and Sverdlovsk mining institutes have the right to accept dissertations for the candidate of science degree as well as doctoral dissertations, but the Krivoi Rog Mining Institute only accepts dissertations for the candidate of science degree.