Rio Tinto extends its educational program to develop skilled workers through a partnership with the University of Queensland, as reported on Mining Australia. The company has also recently signed agreements with the University of Western Australia and the Imperial College London.
The $2.5 million partnership will run for five years and includes 39 scholarships, two post-doctoral fellowships, the creation of a new bachelor's degree in geotechnical engineering, and an initiative to increase women's' engineering enrolments by 15%.
Deborah Terry, UQ's vice chancellor, welcomed the partnership.
UQ applauds Rio Tinto’s support for future academic leaders, because it will give recent PhD graduates career paths that encourage them to educate and mentor coming generations of scientists and engineers,” Terry said.