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Umicore supports youngsters at the ECO-Olympics in Nysa

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On 15 April the district qualifications of the 38th ECO-Olympics  took place in Nysa. The competition aims at making high school students more aware of global environmental challenges. Umicore in Nysa is proud to partner with the competition because we believe that educating young people on environmentally friendly solutions is key to enabling them to pursue a sustainable future for all. 

The ECO-Olympics have a long tradition - this year was the 38th edition of the competition. The main organizer and patron is the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, with the support of the Minister of Climate and Environment and the League of Nature Conservation. 

Seven finalists 

This year’s district qualifications were organised by the State Academy of Applied Sciences in Nysa. Students were tested on various ecological topics, such as air, water and soil protection as well as waste management and nature conservation. The finalists will take part in the national finals of the competition in June in Rynia. Umicore gave the seven finalists vouchers for electronic devices worth PLN 1,000 each. 

 “Our battery materials that we produce in Nysa enable the transition to electromobility. And as a Sustainability Champion, we engage in local initiatives that act for the climate. With enthusiasm, we invest in the younger generations. We are convinced that environmentally conscious young people will play a key role in creating a more sustainable world. That is why we are happy to enter into educational partnerships, of which the ECO-Olympics are an excellent example. We would like to congratulate all finalists and wish them good luck in the competition finals," says Agata Czechowska, Communications Manager at Umicore. 

Beyond the competition

This is not the first educational initiative Umicore has supported. Since 2020, it has partnered with the State Academy of Applied Sciences in Nysa, one of the leading universities in the region. Umicore and PANS signed an agreement to mutually exchange knowledge in the field of clean mobility. The result of the cooperation is the 'Sustainability Engineering' major, which is available as part of the Master's degree in Production Management and Engineering. PANS students there take courses such as lithium-ion battery cell technology, instrumental analysis in industrial processes, clean technologies and production processes, and sustainable energy systems. Additionally, Umicore offers internships to those students that can lead to a permanent positions. To know more about internships at Umicore in Nysa, click here