Mining and geology students from three universities witnessed a historic event as a renowned Australian geologist came to Adamson University to lecture on geological discoveries, studies and mineral exploration.
Douglas J. Kirwin, Executive Vice President of Ivanhoe Mines, visited Adamson on August 6 and lectured to BS Mining Engineering and BS Geology students from Adamson, Mapúa Institute of Technology, and the University of the Philippines-Diliman. The lecture was held at the BA Multimedia Room. These schools are the only institutions in Metro Manila to offer the degrees in mining and geology. Adamson’s alumni were also in attendance, along with several of their colleagues in their industries, hoping to further enhance their careers with lessons earned in the session.
Kirwin lectured on the discovery and history of the giant copper prophyry deposits in Oyu Tolgoi, Mongolia; discovery and history of epithermal gold and silver in South Korea; and mining of jade in Myanmar. In his lecture Kirwin offered participants a look not only into the technical aspects of discovering mines but also the business, economic, financial, and even the personal aspects of his projects. Kirwin, who is also the Vice President for Regional Affairs of the Society of Economic Geologists, added to his lecture the detailed qualities of the minerals discovered in the mining sites, providing new learning for the students and professionals present in the room.
After the lecture, officers of the AdU Mining Engineering, Geology, and Ceramics Engineering Society (AUMGCS) and the AdU Geology Alumni Association (AdUGAA) officers and councilors met with the professors and head of the MGC Department. The alumni, led by AdUGAA president Tierry Jerome Corpus, were instrumental in bringing Kirwin to Adamson.
The lecture is one of several events lined up by the MGC Department as the MGC alumni take on a more active role in the community. The event also serves to boost Adamson’s links with other schools offering these courses. Yael Esperat