Project launched to develop capability of geotechnical and mining professionals
On April 1, Oyu Tolgoi LLC and Rio Tinto in partnership with the Mongolian University of Science and Technology (MUST) launched a joint project
On April 1, Oyu Tolgoi LLC and Rio Tinto in partnership with the Mongolian University of Science and Technology (MUST) launched a joint project to build and develop the capability of geotechnical and mining professionals in Mongolia.
Rio Tinto Mongolia and Oyu Tolgoi LLC will provide US$2.75 million in funding for the project, which will run until the end of 2025.
The initiative was officially launched today with a cooperation agreement signed by Kh. Amarjargal, Country Director, of Rio Tinto Mongolia, Armando Torres, Chief Executive Officer of Oyu Tolgoi LLC and B. Ochirbat, President of the Mongolian University of Science and Technology.
The ceremony was witnessed by L. Enkh-Amgalan, Minister of Education and Science, B. Munkhzaya, head of the Policy Implementation Directorate at the Ministry of Mining and Heavy Industries, and B. Bold, Chief Executive Copper, Rio Tinto.
During the signing ceremony, Kh. Amarjargal, Country Director, Rio Tinto Mongolia said, “Rio Tinto is a world leader with 148 years of experience and produces materials that are essential to human progress. An important part of our success has always been our talented engineers, technicians, including skilled geo-technicians."
The project, which will run until 2025, will jointly address a shortage of skills required for mining, especially underground mining, and the challenges facing production. The project will result in the development and international accreditation at a bachelor's and master's level in geotechnics in Mongolia and a research-based curriculum as follows:
- MUST will have an internationally recognized program
- Highly competitive graduates
- Increased research output for the mining industry
- State-of-the-art mining geotechnical laboratory
- Increased opportunities for joint international research
- Continuous professional development of lecturers and highly skilled faculty
- A model program for the higher education reform and development, a pressing need in Mongolia.