The Government of Western Australia has awarded 10 outstanding undergraduate and postgraduate students with $565,000 in scholarships funded through the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA).
Congratulating the scholarship winners, Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion said new deep mining technology and mapping systems for future gold finds were among the projects to benefit from the scholarships awarded as part of a million-dollar State Government-backed research program.
“This is part of the Government’s overall commitment to science. Good science means more jobs and a smarter State, and our MRIWA investment has Western Australia well-placed to engage with national and international research,” Mr Marmion said.
“With four of the five postgraduate scholarship winners coming to Perth from overseas, there’s no doubt WA is a global resource industry research and development centre.”
He said the research could lead to more efficient mining and new mineral discoveries, plus increased technology exports.
“This State already produces more than half of the world’s mining software, which is a prime example of what I call ‘mining our knowledge economy for future growth’,” he said.
“By next year, the MRIWA will have invested almost $1.3 million in scholarships, promoting innovative projects with great potential benefits for WA.”
According to the Minister, the State Government and industry have invested more the $50 million towards MRIWA-endorsed research to date.
The list of scholarship winners is available here.