Mining Engineering

The idea of established department of Mining Engineering Beg began in earnest in the late 196s following the outburst of miming activities in the country. Proposal was set out with the help of a professor from the USSR who was invited by the faculty of Engineering especially for this purpose.

In 1985 the Idea of establishing a department of mining Engineering was renewed when a delegation from the faculty of Engineering Visited the USSR within the agreement between the Faculty of Engineering, U of K and the Friendship University in the USSR. The latter promised to help in the establishment of the department and the provision of required equipment to be the nucleus for basic laboratories.

In 1989 at an invitation from the Faculty of Engineering, professor Bront, head Department of Mining Engineering at the Friendship University took part in setting out proposed curricula for the department, using teaching materials of some university in the USA and the UK.

In 1990 the Vice Chancellor of the U of K visited Moscow and signed an agreement with the Friendship University. The agreement included established of Department of Mining Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering U of K. The head department of Mechanical Engineering was chosen to follow up implementation. In June 1992 a staff member was appointed, with responsibilities of head department, to follow up the establishment of the Department of mining Engineering.

Importance and Objective:

Natural resources in general, and mining resources in particular are basic pillars of the comprehensive socio- economic development the state is endeavoring to achieve. Mining wealth occupies a distinguished place in the economic structure for the vitality of mining resources in various development fields, especially the economic sector. No wonder then the state paid greater attention to this vital sector of late. A program was developed to tap 150 gold all over the country in addition to other sites containing silver, brass Zink, chrome, mica, iron, and gibes and building materials.

For all of that and in line with the state policy aiming to exploit its natural resources, it was necessary to create qualified national cadres in this field, especially the state was suffering acute shortage in mining engineers.

The new department paves the way for the implementation of higher education policies aiming at expanding the university education base and maximizing admission opportunities in technical specialization. The importance of Mining Engineering stems from the following:

1.     Take responsibility of key tasks in current and future mining project to ensure that such tasks are performed by Sudanese hands.

2.     Curtail dependence on foreign experts the use of whom leads the higher cost of mining project.

Admission Conditions, Duration of Study and Method of Examinations:

Degree:

The department applies same admission conditions duration of study and method examination adopted by the Faculty of Engineering. Students are awarded the degree of BSc(Honors) in Mining Engineering.

Curricula:

In 1989 a committee was formed comprising professor Bront and head department of the Faculty of Engineering in addition to representatives from the department of geology, Uof K, the Public Authority for Geological Research and he Sudanese Mining Corporation. Following a series of meetings, deliberating on curricula used by some university in the USSR, USA and UK, the committee came up with proposal for the establishment of the Department of Mining Engineering. Certain aspects were considered in the development of the Curricula including :

1.     The basic needs of the Sudanese environment.

2.     The lack of medium level cadres means that Field training during recesses was a necessity.( Islamic studies, Arabic and English ).

Laboratories and Teaching Rooms:

In the first two years the department needs labs of other department in the Faculty of Engineering .Students were trained to using them. In The last three years, however, the department needs the following labs:

1.     Drilling Equipment lab: this lab has been established with the public Authority for geological Reserch.

2.     Raw Materials preparation lab: The

3.     Rock Mechanics Lab. The department has procured some equipment from Britain for this purpose. Some expensive, however, are being conducted at the lab of the of  public Authority for Gemological Research.

4.     Mine ventilation and safety lab. Some equipment was procured from chine students share with their other Faculty of Engineering colleagues all the available rooms.

Teaching Staff:

Ahead department has been appointed along with a retired professor. With  a retired professor. Within the context of cultural cooperation between Sudan and Iraq an associate professor from the University of Baghad has been contracted The department has appointed a teaching assistant.

Training:

Students were trained in the mines of Iriab gold Mining Company and the Advanced Mining Company. Both companies agreed to provide annual training for the department students, Contacts to provide training opportunities to the departmentís students. There was commitment on their sidde to contribute in this matter.