Within a series of regular training courses provided by KIGAM/ISGeo in collaboration with CCOP for member countries, the KIGAM/ISGeo training course on Exploration and Development of Mineral Resources was conducted from May 22- June 14, 2017 in the International School for Geoscience Resources of KIGAM, Daejeon, Korea, with total 22 participants including 12 participants from CCOP Member Countries.
The training course aims to enhance capacity building of professionals from all over the world in the fields of mineral resources and to foster familiarization with KIGAM and related organisations in Korea. The nearly 4-weeks training course provided participants a learning opportunity from basic to applicable level of mineral exploration and development and of related techniques in the field of geology, geophysics and geochemistry. The contents of this course comprised an overview on principles and genetic concepts of mineral deposit systems, mineral resources and their exploration and assessment, mining engineering and brief overview on mineral processing and extractive metallurgy. A total of seven instructors were involved in the course.
In addition to academics, IS-Geo also provides activities outside of the classroom during the training course. Culture trip to Jeonju Hanok Village was arranged where participants visited Korean folk village and experience Korean conventional wedding procedure and wearing Hanbok. A 1 night 2 days field excursion to Jeongseon, Taebaek county, in northeast Korea was arranged during the weekend. The first visit was to Omya Hambaek plant, where participants were explained process to produce calcium carbonate products and also showed the plant facilities. Next was visit to Sam Tan Art Mine, an old coal mine converted to art mine center, where collection and exhibition of selected sculptures were displayed. The final visit was to the Taebeak Paleozoic Museum and Coal Museum, the next morning. Outdoor activities helped trainees to acquire practical experience and knowledge on geology and coal industry in general. In the last week of the course, KIGAM Lab tour was arranged, where participants visited and did simple experiment in mineral resources recovery and resources utilization research.
The course also entailed a country briefing session with report by trainees, on June 14th. Participants gave presentation on status of mineral resources & its role in natural economy, related organization and projects in their countries. The completion and closing ceremony was participated by Dr. Sung-Rock Lee, Director of IS-Geo.
During the training course, Korean language & cultural class was held for an hour every day, where all trainees attended and learned Korean letter, song and play Korean game to familiarize and better understand the Korean culture.
The training course was successfully organized, reached the targets and benefited all the participants. It forms a good base for future cooperation between CCOP member countries and KIGAM/IS-Geo. The network of mineral resources professionals should be maintained and developed for future collaborative activities within the region. Advanced courses regarding contents, activities such as field excursion, case study & discussion for the network are recommended for consideration of future plans.