University of Saskatchewan and Cisco Establish Research Chair to Pursue Innovative Mining Solutions

SASKATOON, SK — (Marketwire) — 11/20/12 — The University of Saskatchewan and Cisco Canada today announced an agreement to establish a Research Chair in Mining Solutions. The primary role of the Research Chair will be to promote, support, and lead research, development and innovation at the University through industry-linked projects within the mining sector in Canada.

“Saskatchewan already has a vast tradition of leadership in energy research along with a large and prosperous mining industry. There is a great opportunity for the mining industry to be even more productive by exploring the potential afforded by technologies such as networking and communications. This agreement will not only help to position the University as one of the world’s premier institutes of higher learning, it will also help to expand the Saskatchewan economy, and Canada’s, by promoting, coordinating and implementing policies, strategies and programs that encourage sustainable economic growth.”

“The University of Saskatchewan is thrilled with this investment. As one of the leading research-intensive universities in Canada, we are continually looking to undertake new research opportunities. This initiative will further develop our knowledge base, enhance our relationships with industry and government partners, and create efficiencies in the growing mining sector in Canada. The strategies, technologies and innovations that this chair will create will undoubtedly produce positive effects not only for the U of S, but also for our province.”

Each year, we welcome about 20,000 students to study in our 13 colleges and three graduate schools, including higher numbers of international students and one of the highest populations of Aboriginal students among medical-doctoral universities. Our growing alumni family includes about 138,000 people around the world.

While we offer over 50 degrees, diplomas and certificates in over 100 disciplines, our signature areas of strength include research into Aboriginal Peoples, agriculture, energy and mineral resources, animal and human health, synchrotron science and water security.