Oyu Tolgoi, Rio Tinto & MUST Partner for Future of Mining
Oyu Tolgoi LLC and Rio Tinto in partnership with the Mongolian University of Science and Technology have launched a joint project to build and develop the capability of geotechnical and mining professionals in Mongolia. Rio Tinto Mongolia and Oyu Tolgoi LLC will provide USD 2.75 million in funding for the project, which will run until the end of 2025. The initiative was officially launched today with a cooperation agreement signed by Kh. Amarjargal, Country Director of Rio Tinto Mongolia, Armando Torres, Chief Executive Officer of Oyu Tolgoi LLC and B. Ochirbat, President of the Mongolian University of Science and Technology. The ceremony was witnessed by L. Enkh-Amgalan, Minister of Education and Science, B. Munkhzaya, head of the Policy Implementation Directorate at the Ministry of Mining and Heavy Industries and B.Bold, Chief Executive, Rio Tinto Copper.
The Oyu Tolgoi project currently has an experienced geotechnical team in Mongolia. This team has been working in the open pit since the exploration phase and has been using the latest geophysical equipment to measure boreholes, highlighting the importance of geotechnics for Oyu Tolgoi. These skills are integral to ensuring the safety of people, the safety of the operations, and the long-term health of the operations.
On 19 April 2019, Oyu Tolgoi LLC and the School of Geology and Mining of the Mongolian University of Science and Technology signed a Memorandum of Understanding on “Mining Geotechnical Professionals Capability Development Project”. In this context, Mongolia’s first bachelor's degree program in geotechnics has been launched and currently 25 first-year students are successfully undertaking the course.
MUST will have an internationally recognised program
Highly competitive graduates
Increased research output for the mining industry
State-of-the-art mining geotechnical laboratory
Increased opportunities for joint international research
Continuous professional development of lecturers and highly skilled faculty
Model program for higher education reform and development, a pressing need in Mongolia