Cornwall’s world-renowned mining school is to help develop Malaysia’s tin industry in a ground-breaking deal signed this week.
From next year, Camborne School of Mines students will play a pivotal role in the international collaboration, which is aimed at reviving and stimulating mineral extraction in the South East Asian country.
CSM, which is now based at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus, signed a technical cooperation agreement with representatives from the Malaysian state of Perak. Situated to the north of Kuala Lumpur, Perak was – like Cornwall – once renowned as one of the world’s largest tin producers.
Kip Jeffrey, Professor of Mining Engineering at CSM, signed the agreement at the headquarters of ITRI Limited, which is also part of the technical cooperation agreement. He said the deal offered an important opportunity to apply and pass on new knowledge to the burgeoning Perak mining industry.
“This momentous agreement seeks to boost the state’s endeavours to develop a sustainable and cohesive mining industry within Perak,” he said. “This exciting partnership will deliver considerable benefits to both the people and economy of Malaysia, as well as to students at CSM. It is a great opportunity to apply the latest advances in the development of sustainable mining technologies and practice to the tin industry and to pass them on to the next generation of engineers and researchers to create a sustainable industry and associated educational opportunities.”
CSM, which was founded in 1888, was chosen to lead the project because of its exceptional global reputation for producing highly-qualified graduates.
Professor Jeffrey was joined at the signing ceremony by the Right Honourable Chief Minister of Perak, Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir, Aminudin Hashim, chief executive officer of Perak investment firm Menteri Besar Inc, and David Bishop, managing director of ITRI Limited.
Mr Aminudin Hashim said the aim of the project was to develop a comprehensive “mining blueprint” for Perak.
“This collaboration will greatly help in preparing the blueprint, as well as guiding its implementation,” he said. “This is in line with the aim of the state in becoming a bustling haven by capitalising on its wealth of natural resources and turning them into high-impact businesses.
“Partnerships in strategic areas such as these are important to promote sustainable economic growth and development in Perak. Subsequently, this will contribute towards the improved socio-economic well-being of the people there.”
Camborne School of Mines, which teaches a combination of scientific and engineering expertise in geology, mining and mineral processing by applying it to international research and teaching, will begin work with the Perak tin mining industry early next year.