Magnitogorsk, Russia - April 09, 2012
Aligned with Dow’s global corporate initiative as the sole sponsor the 44th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO), the Company supports organization of the All-Russian Chemistry Olympiad, national stage of the international competition held this year in the USA.
The All-Russian Chemistry Olympiad takes place at the Nosov G.I. Magnitogorsk State University on April 9-14, 2012 and provides high school chemistry students the opportunity to compete in science at the highest level, exchange experience as well as build new interesting contacts and basis for professional and personal development. The contest is intended to stimulate the activities of students interested in chemistry.
"We are proud to be a sponsor of the National and International Chemistry Olympiads to continue building a global community of problem solvers focused on chemistry as a solution. As a world leader in chemistry, Dow views this as a tremendous opportunity to showcase and celebrate the power of chemistry, and together with the organizers and other partners help facilitate the learning environment that will encourage students to explore the science and find sustainable solutions to address global challenges,” said Oksana Pilatova, General Manager of Dow in Russia and CIS. “In Russia and CIS, Dow has been a proud local corporate citizen since 1974 matching its business growth with the highest commitment to building strong relations with communities and educational institutions.”Dow Russia representatives will be engaged in the activities of the Russian National Olympiad, initiating an interactive session on April 13 for students, their tutors, jury committee and organizers as well as speaking at the Awarding Ceremony on April 14. During the session, Dow experts will focus on the recent innovations in chemistry and share their expertise with all participants.
The finalists of the Russian National Olympiad will move on to participate in the 2012 International Chemistry Olympiad in July at the University of Maryland outside of Washington, D.C. , where Dow’s sponsorship will facilitate the opportunity for secondary school level students from more than 70 countries to compete at scientific competitions at the highest levels, while gaining global experiences and developing friendships. Expanding Dow’s mission to highlight the importance of chemistry and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education, the Company recently launched the virtual platform Dow Solutionists in School.
These initiatives come on the heels of a successful year as a sponsor of the International Year of Chemistry and support Dow's many education initiatives.
About the Russian Chemistry Olympiad
All-Russian contest consists of two rounds – the first one is theoretical to define level of chemistry knowledge and the second – practical one to show chemical experiments in the laboratory. The Olympiad allows students not only to verify their knowledge in chemistry but also to prepare for an in-house chemistry and mathematics Olympiad. Nosov G.I. Magnitogorsk State Technical University, venue of the Russian Chemistry Olympiad, is one of the authoritative multi-profile technical universities of Russian Federation with developed infrastructure, powerful material and technical basis and high intellectual potential. The University is widely known in Russia and abroad for its scientific schools, it has a wide range of scientific and creative links with leading Russian and foreign universities. More information can be found here.
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With almost 40 years of continued presence in Russia and CIS, and supported by its experience, size and global presence, Dow is passionately committed to further developing closer partnership with the local companies to keep growing the business, while significantly accelerating the growth of the chemical industry in the region and to jointly increasing its competitiveness in an international context. In 2011, Dow had annual sales of about 770 mln. USD and employed approximately 260 highly qualified specialists in Russia and CIS. In addition to its sales offices in Moscow (Russia) and in Kiev (Ukraine), the Company has two manufacturing facilities in Ramenskoye (Moscow Region) for the production of additives for paints and coatings, and in Vladimir where the Dow Izolan joint venture company inaugurated in 2009 its new, large and state-of-the-art manufacturing plant for the production of polyurethane systems. More information about Dow in Russia and CIS can be found at http://www.dow.com/russia/en/.
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