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Curtin works with industry to provide hands on learning

Media release

Upholding its reputation as a leader in creating industry linkages, Curtin University of Technology’s Western Australian School of Mines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the operators of Australia’s largest open pit gold mine, Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mine.

The agreement, establishes cooperation in education, professional development, and research and development.

It also provides three new $6,000 scholarships for WASM students completing a Bachelor of Engineering degree.

Curtin’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Science and Engineering, Professor Andris Stelbovics, said the new relationship was a great opportunity to increase the learning experience of WASM students and build research linkages between WASM staff and industry.

“Through this agreement, our students will have a better chance of securing relevant, hands-on experience while they study,” and our staff can develop further applied research opportunities directed towards relevant industry problems he said.
WASM Director, Professor Paul Dunn, said the agreement would ensure that students would get the very best in vocational education and increase our staff linkages with industry.

“An important part of studying at WASM is the exposure students get to the local mining industry,” he said.

“We do our best to ensure that as many students as possible receive vocational training and have the best chance possible of finding employment when they graduate.

“That’s why students move to Kalgoorlie to study, so that they are at the heart of Australia’s mining industry.”

For more information on the scholarships, contact Karyn Lovatsis on 08 9266 4619 or K.Lovatsis@curtin.edu.au