A MINING school in Camborne will play a pivotal role in an international collaboration aimed at reviving the mining industry in Malaysia.
The University of Exeter’s Camborne School of Mines (CSM) signed an agreement with representatives from the Malaysian state of Perak to help create a sustainable mining industry.
Situated to the north of Kuala Lumpur, Perak was once renowned as one of the world’s largest tin producers.
CSM, based at the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus, was identified for the project due to its global reputation within the mining industry.
Professor Jeffrey, who signed the agreement at private tin mining company ITRI Limited in Hertfordshire, said it offered an important opportunity to apply and pass on new knowledge to the burgeoning Perak mining industry.
He said: “This exciting partnership will deliver considerable benefits to both the people and economy of Malaysia.
“This is a great opportunity to apply the latest advances in development of sustainable mining technologies and practice to the tin industry and to pass them on the next generation of engineers and researchers, to create a sustainable industry and associated educational opportunities.”
Professor Jeffrey was joined by Aminudin Hashim, chief executive officer of Menteri Besar Inc, one of the state’s investment arms, and David Bishop, managing director of ITRI Limited.
The signing ceremony was also witnessed by Rt. Hon. Chief minister of Perak, Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir, as part of his official visit to London, in the United Kingdom.
David Bishop, managing director of ITRI Ltd welcomed the move: “New sustainable tin supply and new tin technologies to boost demand are both key to future growth of the tin industry. This collaboration is a significant step forward in achieving those goals."