Environment and mining waste management: Polytechnique Montréal helps two African universities enhance their expertise
CIRDI’s Governance Strengthening Program of the Extractive Sector in West Africa led by Polytechnique Montréal, has partnered with the Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal, and the Université Ouaga I Professeur Joseph Ki-Zerbo in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, to strengthen the expertise of the two universities in environment and mining waste management.
The partnerships will bolster capacity in the African universities in the following four ways:
- Institute a new Environment and Mining Waste Management master’s degree program to train a labour force specialized in these areas
- Provide support in establishing a program of practical industrial internships
- Conduct applied research projects in collaboration with the mining industry
- Implement continuing education in cooperation with mining sector partners
The action plans were validated and a memorandum of understanding was signed at initial stakeholder meetings.
A proactive, joint approach
To date, the new Environment and Mining Waste Management master’s program has been prepared jointly and discussed and validated by the university authorities. In addition, the program was reviewed at a major consultation meeting and was shared with mining industry partners in each country. The related ministries, mining companies, chambers of mines and local agencies actively participated in the consultation and affirmed their commitment to the program.
Through this approach, key mining sector partners were informed about the master program activities and had an opportunity to contribute to the program’s implementation. The process also helped strengthen ties between the universities and mining industry partners in each country.
The new master’s program, scheduled for the fall of 2017, has been received with great interest. Currently pedagogical materials are being finalized and training of the professors will begin at Polytechnique Montréal in early 2017. Implementation strategies for the three other facets of this university-industry initiative will be discussed and finalized by December 2016.
Source: Polytechnique Montréal Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering Dept. and International Relations Office.