“I learned so much on the field trip, from diamond trading and platinum ore processing to post-graduate study opportunities in South Africa that I never knew existed. But it wasn’t just about mining. It was also a unique opportunity to meet local people and gain a genuine exposure to the local cultures.”
– Adrian Heieis, UBC Mining Graduate Field Trip team member, 2017
In late May 2017, Adrian Heieis and 34 fellow mining students returned from a two-week field trip to South Africa, with their eyes opened to new possibilities. The Mining Graduate Field Trip is one of several experiences the UBC Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering offers, including mining games and mine rescue. These help students become global citizens, ready to become leaders in a global industry.
But these experiences come at a cost – and students like Adrian need your support to participate.
The tradition of the UBC Mining Graduate Field Trip began in 2005 with a trip to Brazil involving less than 15 students. Since then, hundreds of graduating students have travelled to Greece, Poland, Indonesia, Turkey, Spain, Australia, Chile and now South Africa. They receive invaluable first-hand experience in international mining communities.
The field trip is not the only opportunity you can support. The Canadian Mining Games is an annual opportunity for students across Canada to meet and test their mining knowledge, learning, and adaptive capabilities. UBC has a great record at the event—our teams have won the past two years in a row! And every year, a team of UBC Mining students travels to the US to take part in the Intercollegiate Mine Emergency Response Development event, where they learn rescue skills that have a direct impact on the safety of the industry.
We are fortunate to receive sponsorship from industry partners for these events. However, the costs of travel for students can still be challenging. Without support of alumni and friends of the department, some cannot afford the experience. Please give your support and help students become the next generation of industry leaders.