Despite the war and the occupation of Mariupol, the first non-state-owned metals and mining university in Ukraine, Metinvest Polytechnic, has completed its intake of students for all bachelor's and master's degree programmes, the first class in its history. On 19 September, more than 350 students began their studies in modern engineering and technical programmes. More than 150 students have enrolled in the bachelor’s degree programmes at the first and the second year course level, and almost 200 people will receive master's degrees. Metallurgy, computer science, automation, computer integration technologies and occupational safety were the subjects of the most interest to the first-year students. The most popular master's degree programmes include computer science and digital intelligence, occupational safety audit and consulting, steel metallurgy and intelligent control systems for the metals and mining sector.Those admitted to Metinvest Polytechnic include graduates of colleges and lyceums, employees of Metinvest enterprises from Zaporizhzhia, Pokrovske, Kamianske and Kryvyi Rih, as well as residents of the cities of Mariupol and Avdiivka who left their homes because of the war.Metinvest Polytechnic is a university of the future that provides new opportunities for young people. The university was founded by Metinvest Group in June 2020. Metinvest Group intended to open a university with a unique campus in a new, ultramodern building in Mariupol, which would have been on par with the best technical universities in the world. However, construction was stopped as a result of the war and the temporary occupation of the city. Despite these many obstacles, the Group’s management took the decision to maintain the university, to keep the dream of the Polytechnic of the Future alive and to give students an opportunity to receive a European-level education in Ukraine.In the short term, the university plans to join CDIO, an international initiative for the development of engineering education, which teaches how to work according to the principles of Conceive, Design, Implement and Operate. Researchers and experts from Akademia Górniczo-Hutnicza imp Stanisława Staszica w Krakowie in Poland and Montanuniversität Leoben, К1-Меt in Austria have already been involved in the implementation of education programmes. The next step is to establish partnerships in education and science with specialised universities in Europe, the US and Southeast Asia.