UNSA: “We are a benchmark for public universities that benefit from mining canon”

Stated Rohel Sánchez, Chancellor of the Public University of San Agustín (UNSA). He also highlighted how the mining sector contributes to foster research in his school.

We talked to Rohel Sánchez, Chancellor of the Public University of San Agustín (UNSA) who shared his expectations for PERUMIN 33 Mining Convention, an event organized by the Peruvian Institute of Mining Engineers (IIMP) that will be held from September 18 to 22 at this university, in Arequipa.

What are your expectations regarding PERUMIN 33 that will be held at UNSA?

We are aware that a strategic alliance among the academia, the Government and the business sector is needed. Thus, why not reinforcing this alliance with the Peruvian Institute of Mining Engineers celebrating the 33rd edition of PERUMIN. This is not only regarding the economic benefit for the university, but for something more important that is intangible, the highly-specialized knowledge about which we can contribute to with science, technology and innovation.

How is the mining canon contributing to the scientific development of the UNSA?

We have recently entered a cooperation agreement with Concytec and Cienciactiva that will transfer mining canon resources to Cienciactiva to organize calls aimed at strengthening research into important topics for the country. Thanks to this, we are the benchmark for public universities that profit from mining canon resources. We have 95 research projects with a budget of S/. 25 million, and 14 laboratories have been selected with a similar investment. In approximately 12 to 18 months we will not only see the research results but also services to the Arequipa community, from these resources.

Which other agreements have you signed to promote the mining sector knowledge?

We have entered an agreement with the Lulea Technological University (Sweden) to establish a national mining research centre in Arequipa, which involves having state-of-the-art technology laboratories. With this, Peruvian and Latin American companies would not need to look at Australia, Europe or the United States to carry out their assays. We want all that income for Arequipa and the UNSA is here to provide them with these services.

During PERUMIN 32, there were discussions to modernize the curriculum to have it aligned to the development of Peruvian mining. What has been the progress with this?

Indeed, after the passing of the New University Act in 2016, we have focused on updating the curriculum. This is not only to see the profile, the professional field or the study plan structure, but to understand that this is a starting point to forge a comprehensive education of our students. We would like to produce professionals that can be part of the society and become change and development agents, with the individual and human development as the main axis of their life.

How has PERUMIN contributed to strengthen the relationship between companies and the academy?

PERUMIN in Arequipa aims to revitalize tourism, hospitality services, restaurants and air and land transportation. It is a very important activity for our region, therefore, at the university community we are aware of our role to move forward and to be change and development agents.

Which message would you give to the participants of PERUMIN 33 Mining Convention?

I would like to welcome all the registered participants to Arequipa and to those in the process, I would like to encourage you to participate in this important event where the Public University of San Agustín, an emblematic university in the region and the country, will warmly welcome you. See you September 18 to 22 to show you this strategic alliance between the University and the enterprise that, without any doubt, looks set to contribute to the development of the country.