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International Centre for Training and Technology Transfer in Mining (Centro Internacional Minero Benjamin Teplizky)

Chile | South America

Project Description

In a four-partitite partnership, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), the University of Atacama, the Canadian International Development Agency, the Chilean National and Regional Governments, and mining companies in Chile worked together to create an International Centre for Technician Training and Technology Transfer. The Centre, situtated at the University of Atacama in Copiago, Chile, was established to respond to needs required by the mining industry in Chile and in neighbouring Andean countries for highly qualified technicians and technologists. Over a period of 10 years, 22 member colleges of CICan designed the Centre and its programs including heavy equipment mechanics, industrial instrumentation, electrical maintenance, geo-mining technology, and mechanical technology.

Start Date:

November 1, 1997

End Date:

June 3, 2008



Improve technical training in mining through establishment of an International Center for Technician Training and Technology Transfer

Key Outcomes

The Centre graduates approximately 100 technicians each year. In 2007-08, it graduated 25 students from Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru.

Funded By

Canadian International Development Agency

Regional Government of Atacama

Government of Chile

Council of Mining Companies in Chile

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