Laurentian University has signed an agreement to help improve mining and French-language education in the west African country of Ivory Coast.
At the Mine and Agriculture Symposium organized jointly by the Canadian Embassy in Ivory Coast and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), Laurentian University’s Goodman School of Mines signed a Memorandum of Collaboration with the Groupement des professionnels des mines de Côte d’Ivoire (GPMCI) and Institute National Polytechnique Félix HOUPHOUÊT-BOIGNY (INP-HB).
The memorandum aims to develop a qualified local workforce able to respond to the growing needs of the mining industry on the Ivory Coast.
On the heels of the unveiling of three new bilingual engineering programs in November 2015, Laurentian University illustrates, through this new collaboration, the strong added value of its Francophone component and the significant impact of mining training in both English and French, which is already becoming evident on a global scale, a press release said.
The collaboration also aligns with commitments made in its Strategic Plan 2012-2017 for international recognition of its expertise in environment, innovation and mining, and to offer students enriched learning experiences abroad.
“The signing of this agreement in Ivory Coast – the result of a fruitful partnership with our Goodman School of Mines and Office of Francophone Affairs - is a testament to our teams’ commitment to offer students our bilingual mining engineering program, to provide opportunities to access enriched learning experiences abroad in both languages, and to strive for organizational excellence, allowing us to keep this promise,” said Laurentian University president Dominic Giroux.
“The Goodman School of Mines at Laurentian University is happy to exercise its leadership and promote the abilities of its network of experts, to develop and offer programs adapted to the needs of the mining industry in Ivory Coast,” said Bruce Jago, executive director of the Goodman School of Mines.
“This collaboration – like the one we’ve maintained for more than a year with South Africa – confirms the value of our human capital, and the prime position that Laurentian is carving out for itself globally.”