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November 21, 2012

Cisco News - University of Saskatchewan, Cisco Establish Mining Solutions' Research Chair

By Carolyn J Dawson, TMCnet Contributor

The University of Saskatchewan in association with Cisco (News - Alert) Canada will institute a Research Chair in Mining Solutions.  The Research Chair will be mainly responsible for endorsing, assisting and directing research, development and innovation at the University via industry-connected projects inside Canada’s mining arena.

Cisco will be investing $2 million over a period of 10 years for instituting a Research Chair in Mining Solutions. The University's aspiration to improve the significance of the research and academic programs to the mining industry will be the focal point for the Chair. The Chair will also assist in resolving the technical issues of the University via its research programs.

In a statement, Nitin Kawale, President, Cisco Canada, said, "Saskatchewan already has a vast tradition of leadership in energy research along with a large and prosperous mining industry. There is a great opportunity for the mining industry to be even more productive by exploring the potential afforded by technologies such as networking and communications. This agreement will not only help to position the University as one of the world's premier institutes of higher learning, it will also help to expand the Saskatchewan economy, and Canada's, by promoting, coordinating and implementing policies, strategies and programs that encourage sustainable economic growth."

Activities aimed at sophisticated technologies and approaches involving research, development, and innovation in the usage of transformational business architectures, technologies, and offerings for the mining industry will be carried out by the Research Chair. The Research Chair will concentrate on precise projects included by four major research areas or themes, namely mining and processing technologies; environment, safety management and technology; exploration, social license and policy research; and transformation and innovation.

Ilene Busch-Vishniac, President, University of Saskatchewan, said, "The University of Saskatchewan is thrilled with this investment. As one of the leading research-intensive universities in Canada, we are continually looking to undertake new research opportunities. This initiative will further develop our knowledge base, enhance our relationships with industry and government partners, and create efficiencies in the growing mining sector in Canada. The strategies, technologies and innovations that this chair will create will undoubtedly produce positive effects not only for the U of S, but also for our province."

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Edited by Rich Steeves

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