Curtin University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mali’s École Nationale d’Ingénieurs Abderhamane Baba Touré (The National School of Engineering Abderhamane Baba Touré) in an effort to create mining engineering ties between both countries.
This follows a visit to WA and several talks by a delegation led by Mali’s minister of education and scientific research Me Mountanga Tall, and the Malian ambassador to Australia Mahamane Elhadji Bania Tourie in December 2015.
Professor Seth Kunin, Curtin’s deputy vice chancellor, international, said the MoU acknowledged the university’s ability to create a mining engineering curriculum in Mali.
“While the agreement is still in the very early stages of development, we are hoping that the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Curtin will be able to assist with the capacity building of mining engineering education in Mali through academic training opportunities at the Curtin WA School of Mines (WASM),” he said.
Max de Vietri, Mali’s honorary consul in WA, said the state’s mining and exploration knowledge could be adapted for Mali’s needs.
“Mali and WA share similar geological strata as well as climatic conditions and therefore have similar prospectivity in terms of mineral potential, as well as similarities in their surface expression,” he said.
Mali is Africa’s third largest gold mining country with reserves in iron ore, bauxite, manganese, and diamonds.
“Opportunities for Malian academics to train in mining engineering at the Curtin WA School of Mines could provide invaluable opportunities and we are looking forward to exploring these possibilities with Curtin University,” de Vietri added.