Mineral Resources and Curtin University are joining forces to drive innovation in mining and prepare the next generation of talent for jobs of the future.
The new strategic partnership combines MinRes’ expertise across lithium, iron ore, energy and mining services with Curtin University’s excellence in research and learning.
A memorandum of understanding was signed by MinRes managing director Chris Ellison and Curtin University vice-chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne on June 19.
Mr Ellison and Professor Hayne said the partners shared a vision to keep Australia at the forefront of the critical minerals supply chain as global demand continues to grow.
MinRes, which operates two world-class lithium mines, has committed $2 million to a critical minerals research commercialisation hub being developed by Curtin University as part of the Trailblazer Universities Program.
A key focus is internship opportunities that provide Curtin University students with practical, hands-on mining industry experience and puts them on a path to excel in their careers.
Interns also solve digital challenges for industry through Curtin’s groundbreaking program at Innovation Central Perth.
Curtin interns currently on placement at MinRes’ Osborne Park headquarters are already contributing to the development of world-first autonomous road trains.