Angola has initiated negotiations with Freiberg University of Mining and Technology in Germany to establish a scholarship program for Angolan students, bolster its mining sector and cultivate a skilled workforce.
The Memorandum of Understanding signed between HE Diamantino Pedro Azevedo, Minister of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas of Angola, and Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht, Rector of Freiberg University, set the stage for this collaboration.
Following a recent visit by a delegation from the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas (MIREMPET) to the University, negotiations have gained momentum. Led by Eng. Domingos Francisco, MIREMPET National Director for Training and Local Content, the delegation discussed the implementation of the scholarship program, aiming to send up to 15 Master’s students to pursue various disciplines related to mining and engineering.
Freiberg University, renowned for its expertise in mining, geosciences, and related fields, offers an industrialised environment for students to gain hands-on experience and collaborate with high-tech companies. The proximity to industrial hubs fosters real-life projects, enabling students to contribute to technological advancements in the mining sector.
The scholarship program aligns with Angola’s vision to expand its mining industry, evidenced by recent agreements with mining giants like Rio Tinto and Ivanhoe. These agreements have seen Angola mining for mineral resources beyond diamonds, particularly focusing on battery minerals in line with global energy transition efforts.
With support from the German-Angolan partnership, the scholarship program aims to equip Angolan youth with the skills needed to drive the country’s mining sector forward. The initiative also reflects Angola’s dedication to education and youth development, as part of broader efforts to capitalize on its natural resources sustainably.
Moreover, the collaboration between Angola and Freiberg University serves to strengthen the the ties between Germany and Angola, fostered by past visits and diplomatic engagements. The upcoming Angola Oil & Gas conference, slated for October and organised by Energy Capital & Power, will further spotlight local content and workforce development within Angola’s energy and mining sectors, showcasing opportunities for trade and investment in the country’s burgeoning industries.
Source: APO Group