Mining Industry Scholarships Awarded By Minister

Mining Industry Scholarships Awarded By Minister

Western Australia Minister for Mines and Petroleum Bill Johnston

Scholarships Attracting World’s Best Mining Talent To Western Australia

Victor P Taffa

  • Minerals Research Institute of WA scholarships attract top overseas researchers
  • Women encouraged to take pathways towards higher management in mining

Latest round of scholarships designed to attract the world’s best mining industry researchers to Western Australia were awarded yesterday (July 27) by Mines and Petroleum and Asian Engagement Minister Bill Johnston.

Minerals Research Institute of WA (MRIWA) awarded 3 new PhD scholarships in its Education Program, which attracts diverse international talent to ensure the State remains at the forefront of mining research and technology.

Now in its fourth year, the program has invested $1.25 Million to secure the world’s top mining talent, drawing from the best students in

  • Canada,
  • China,
  • Indonesia,
  • Iran,
  • Italy,
  • UK.

“International diversity of these scholars lays the foundations for strong relationships with the minerals industry in WA, particularly with our close neighbours in Asia.” Minister for Mines and Petroleum Johnston said.

In 2018, the program will offer a female-only scholarship to encourage high-calibre women to take pathways towards higher management roles in the traditionally male-dominated industry.

“New women’s scholarship is important for encouraging high-quality women into the industry, not only for their expertise, but to put them on pathways to future management roles.” Mr. Bill Johnston said.

PhD Scholars for 2017 are:

  • Yihao Fu – MRIWA Directors’ scholarship (in the field of data analytics). Mr. Fu is a previous recipient of an Odwyn Jones Award;
  • Zela Tanlega Ichlas – MRIWA scholarship for a PhD by research;
  • Charles Spath – MRIWA scholarship for a PhD by research.