St. Paul University, Taganito Mining launch mining engineering program

Taking its thrust on responsible mining further, Taganito Mining Corporation (TMC), in partnership with St. Paul University Surigao (SPUS), recently launched a mining engineering program for second coursers which is open to qualified employees starting school year 2021-2022.

TMC, a subsidiary of Nickel Asia Corporation, operates in Claver, Surigao del Norte where the mining engineering classes will be held virtually and on-site, maximizing access to actual operations, the pool of experts available in the field, and quality education from SPUS.

Dr. Antonio Talamayan, SPUS VP for Academic Services, and Engr. Vincent Guilalas, College of Engineering Dean, personally visited TMC to meet and conduct an orientation to the 22 employees who expressed interest to enroll in the program .

The incoming students mostly have mining and engineering foundations and are currently assigned as geologists, chemists, geodetic engineers, safety inspectors, data analysts, etc.

As a unique feature of the program, TMC’s technical pool of engineers, geologists, etc. will be tapped as resource speakers for the students’ technical subjects such as Engineering, Surveying and Geology.

“The best educational services are delivered to students when there is a partnership between the university and the industry,” shared Dr. Talamayan.

Dr. Tamlayan noted that they take pride in their engineering courses and added that the 2-year curriculum for this batch of students is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education.

“It is the thrust of Nickel Asia to continuously upgrade our employees. It is very fortunate for us to partner with SPUS which has also been our partner in producing our mining scholars and engineers,” said Engr. Artemio Valeroso, TMC Resident Mine Manager.

TMC General Administration Division Manager, Salvador C. Cabauatan, added that the program provides employees an opportunity to pursue a BS Mining Engineering degree without taking a leave a from work and with support from the company.

In Caraga Region, the mining engineering course is offered at Caraga State University in Butuan City and SPUS in Surigao City.

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