USEP to offer mining-related courses starting June

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 March) — The University of Southeastern Philippines
(USEP) here will start offering in June this year courses that will respond to
the growing demand of the mining industry for geologists and other experts, a
university official said.

Dr. Daniel T. Ugay, Jr. USEP vice president for academic affairs, announced
during a press conference Friday the university will offer Bachelor of Science
in Geology starting academic year 2007-2008.

USEP met with reporters to promote a forum highlighting the significance of
higher education to help guide the youth next school year.

Ugay said they have worked with the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the
Department of Environment and Natural Resources to develop the geology
curriculum.

He told MindaNews the university is also planning to offer bachelors degrees
in metallurgical engineering and mining engineering within the next five years.

He said USEP would probably be the first university in Mindanao to offer such
courses as part of the university’s forward looking strategy to respond to
market needs.

He said the courses will respond to key manpower needs of the mining industry.

He said they have studied the prospects of a growing demand for mining-related
courses following the government’s promotion of mining after the Supreme Court
ruled that the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 is constitutional.

Ugay noted, however, that fewer students are enrolling in agriculture-related
courses. He said the academe attributed this trend to the growing interest to
take up nursing courses in response to the demand for more nurses abroad.

He said Mindanao’s mining industry would be a fast-growing sector in the next
few years and that they wanted to help provide the needed manpower resources.

He admitted, however, that they have not yet looked into the possible impact
of the mining industry on Mindanao’s indigenous peoples and the environment.
But he said they will make sure the curriculum will include subjects on social
responsibility to ensure the industry will not be detrimental to the
environment and the people.

But Andy Whitmore, research and communication officer of the United
Kingdom-based human rights group PIPLinks, told researchers in a briefing on
global mining last week there is still no accepted model for sustainable mining.
MGB regional director Edilberto Arreza meanwhile said they are backing USEP’s
move as Mindanao has lost its geologists to jobs abroad.

He said the DENR is planning to offer a scholarship program for students who
want to enroll in geology and other mining-related courses amid prospects of
major mining projects in Mindanao. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)

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13 responses to “USEP to offer mining-related courses starting June”

  1. Blogie Robillo says :

    This is a good move by USEP! This way, we can ensure that future generations will have responsible miners. That is, if USEP is able to attract enough students to take up their mining-related courses. Let’s hope they do!

  2. aldrin quijada says :

    Good to hear USEP is responding to the growing demand of mining and related industries by offering geology course. By contemplating on offering metallurgical and mining engineering in the near future would complete the manpower needs of the mining and its related industries especially in mindanao where mining prospects are becoming one of the emerging economic developments of mindanao.

  3. daniel job says :

    do u have any mining engineers passers from surigao???

  4. violeta bahin & joy pajaron says :

    we are interested in enrolling bachelor of science in geology. . .but before that, how can we apply to the scholarship offered by the DENR?We are hoping for your response regarding this matter.thanks a lot. . .

  5. Graham says :

    How can i find out more info on the geology course?

    Also can a foreigner (British)enroll?

  6. urien demonav says :

    USEP has no credible teachers for the Geology Course as of now. I remember some students saying that since last year they only have Civil engineer teachers teaching Geology subjects. Civil Engineer – Geology Subjects not a good match. They should hire a Geologist to do that job. Well that is if they can.

  7. urien demonav says :

    its probably the same as saying, Enroll in the Geology course and learn How the Civil Engineer thinks about Geology. ????????????. Those poor students, they are bound to fail if it continues like this.

  8. larah says :

    i`m a geology student of that institution.

    for ur info..my mga Geologists na nagtuturo
    sa `min.

    And they`re not only good, they`re the BEST!

    • dan says :

      sana nga mayroo narin d2 sa northern mindanao kc maraming ngbalak d2 na kumuha ng geology

    • leon says :

      Hi Larah, I wanna hear from you, are you a Geologist student right? I am Leo, a graduating student of DOST Tagum National High School and I’m worried about my course Geologist here in Davao you know that this course is very rear. I would like to ask some info from you about this courses with regards the quality of education? scholarship how do I avail and the exact location of this school. Hopefully you included to the graduating class this year.

      Thanking you so much and may God blessing will…

      Have a nice day…

      Leo

  9. pinoysatimog says :

    Well, USeP did it…they produced their first batch of geologists last year with a high passing mark… Their performance, which 11 out of 15 that took the board, passed it making it the second top performing school in the country..Mabuhay ang USeP!

  10. shemmy says :

    do you have a accountancy course?.

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