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MRA and Unitech Sign MOU to Collaborate On Scientific Research Programs

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Two of the country’s major organisations, Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) and the PNG University of Technology (PNGUoT), have joined hands to collaborate on mutually beneficial scientific research projects.

The two departments of these organisations that will be involved in the projects are the Geological Survey Division of the MRA and the Applied Physics and the Mining Engineering Departments of the PNGUoT.

The MRA and the PNGUoT on Tuesday 15 Jan, signed an MOU that will guide the roll out of these projects.

The objectives of the MOU are for the two organisations to cooperate in promoting the sustainability of the mining industry, whilst enhancing skills and knowledge of MRA Scientists, PNGUOT staff and students, in specific disciplines of science. Some of these disciplines include geothermal research & exploration, geological, geophysical, and geohazard hazard studies in the country.

Furthermore, it is about imparting practical learning skills to the students of PNGUOT. The data and information gathered is shared for the organisations’ own purposes, and for the interest of broader stakeholders including the mining industry and scientific research and academic agencies.

Amongst other commitments under the MOU, the MRA will be the liaising point between the mining industry and the government, on critical mining and industry related research. In addition, the MRA will provide soft copies of existing data, reports in its library to support the University’s research in geophysics related to studies on geothermal exploration.

The PNGUoT will provide leadership in Applied Geophysics and Mining Engineering, and provide technical expertise in the assessment and interpretation of scientific datasets including those of exploration geophysics, geological and natural hazards studies.

The university has also undertaken to provide academic opportunities for higher education for MRA staff in the areas of advanced research programs leading to Master’s and Doctoral degrees at the university.

The PNGUoT Acting Vice Chancellor Dr Ora Renagi said the university was pleased to be partnering with the MRA. He said the partnership would provide an opportunity for both organisations especially for the PNGUoT staff to develop a knowledge hub from which their students can also benefit. He said it was important that through this collaboration, his academic staff can impart the knowledge gained, to students to ensure learnings are relevant to issues faced by the mining related industries.

The MRA Managing Director Jerry Garry said collaborations such as this were important as it is through such arrangements that we as partners share resources, data and knowledge for the interest of the country’s development. He said the MRA had a wealth of geological and related data that had been collected over many years.

The MD said the authority was happy to share these data through the partnership for the good of the country and especially for the purpose of skills transfer to new generation of scientists. Mr Garry committed his officers’ expertise and experience towards the initiative and further, pledged MRA’s commitment towards the MOU.

Photo caption: Mr Garry (left) and Dr Renagi surrounded by senior MRA and UNITECH staff members.

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