Strengthening Research and Teaching Capacity in Earth Sciences

This project will help strengthen research and teaching capacity in earth sciences at the University of Limpopo, South Africa, to prepare students and faculty to better meet the demands of mining on society, the environment, and the economy. The need for mining sector expertise With 136 operating mines in Limpopo province alone, South Africa needs skilled professionals, educators, and researchers from a variety of disciplines throughout the mining cycle, from exploration to post-closure. Universities play a key role in developing skills through training, research, and community engagement. However, many universities in developing regions lack the resources to build capacity. This is the case with the University of Limpopo's School of Physical and Mineral Sciences. Located in South Africa's poorest province, the university has financial, teaching, and infrastructure constraints. Collaboration to build South Africa's mining future With this funding, the Goodman School of Mines at Canada's Laurentian University will provide world-class training, research, and networking opportunities for master's and doctoral students from the University of Limpopo, including junior faculty. This activity forms part of a longer-term collaboration between the two universities to build the University of Limpopo's potential to be a leading mining school in the region. The project is in line with IDRC's efforts to build development leaders for today and tomorrow. It will contribute to South Africa's economic development and employment equity goals. It will also serve Canada's interest in improving national capacities to manage the extractive sector responsibly.

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66 months

IDRC Officer

Ann Weston

Total funding

CA$ 569,743


South of Sahara

Project Leader

Jennifer Abols


Laurentian University of Sudbury/Université Laurentienne de Sudbury

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