NORTH WEST graduates and students want ICE members with contacts in Russia to come forward as they bid to widen the reach of their Central & Eastern European Initiative (CEEI).
CEEI was set up two years ago to forge links with young civil engineers in central and eastern Europe.
After successfully targeting Poland, emphasis has now shifted to the Russian cities of Moscow and St Petersburg.
St Petersburg, currently celebrating the 300th anniversary of its foundation, has been chosen because of an existing 40 year friendship agreement with the city of Manchester.
The first step will be to organise an exchange scheme, with a delegation of north west graduates and students visiting Russia. To facilitate this, the committee is looking for members who can provide useful contacts with companies, universities and local authorities in Russia.
Funds have been raised for the trip by organising meetings and a five-a-side football competition.
A reverse exchange with Russian graduates and students visiting the north west will follow.
INFOPLUS For more information on the Central & Eastern European Initiative visit www. icenorthwest. org. uk/committees/