Ivanhoe Mines Ltd., the University of Limpopo in South Africa, and Laurentian University in Sudbury signed an agreement launching an educational collaboration between the two universities.

A principal goal of the five-year partnership, which is renewable for a further five years, is to develop and equip the University of Limpopo’s geology department to become a centre of excellence in geosciences.

This will be achieved through measures that include:

-improved training and curriculum choices in economic geology and mineral exploration at the University of Limpopo;

-increased teaching and research capacities at the graduate student level;

-equipping laboratories;

-purchasing an outdoor vehicle and trailer for field excursions; and

-collaborating with Laurentian University to improve the University of Limpopo’s learning programmes.

Ivanplats also will provide in-service training opportunities for students from both universities and assist them in conducting research on the Northern Limb of the Bushveld Complex, an African geological complex that contains rich ore resources.

Ivanhoe Mines, through Ivanplats, has allocated a total of US$2.5 million to the Limpopo and Laurentian universities to fund their partnership during its initial five years. In addition to Ivanhoe’s investment, Laurentian has been awarded C$500,000 in scholarship funds for the project through the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) Program.

Combined with a C$570,000 scholarship awarded to Laurentian by the International Development Research Corporation, these funds will create educational opportunities for 35 University of Limpopo students to study in Canada. Scholarship funding from the three sources will support undergraduate, MSc and PhD positions at Laurentian and be focused on topics and research in mineral exploration and economic geology. The scholarship will fund up to 15 graduate students and faculty from the University of Limpopo to pursue MSc and PhD studies at Laurentian’s Department of Earth Sciences.

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