Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Corrective Services

    Scholarships attracting world's best mining talent to WA

    28/07/2017 10:00 AM
    • ​Minerals Research Institute of WA scholarships attract top overseas researchers
    • Women encouraged to take pathways towards higher management in mining

    The 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.


    The Minerals Research Institute of WA (MRIWA) awarded three 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 China, Indonesia, Canada, Iran, Italy and the UK.


    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.


    The 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; and
    • Charles Spath - MRIWA scholarship for a PhD by research

    For more information, visit http://mriwa.wa.gov.au/scholarship


    Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum and Asian Engagement Minister Bill Johnston:


    "A goal of the McGowan Government is to make WA the go-to destination for clever, innovative mineral solutions, and to do that we need the best talent - both women and men.


    "The 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.


    "The international diversity of these scholars lays the foundations for strong relationships with the minerals industry in WA, particularly with our close neighbours in Asia.


    "I congratulate the three recipients of these prestigious scholarships and thank the universities who have supported these students and their ongoing research.  This work is vital to WA's continuing strength in the mining sector."


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