Friday, August 5, 2022
The initiative was reflected in the agreement recently signed between the authorities of the Faculty of Technology and Applied Sciences of the National University of Catamarca (UNCA), the company Galaxy Lithium (Sal de Vida) SA and the municipality of Antofagasta de la Sierra. The agreement was signed by the dean of the mentioned academic unit, Eng. Carlos Savio, on behalf of the company José Ariel Alzugaray and by the municipality, its secretary of the environment, the archaeologist Sergio Caletti.
This case was reached after a stage in which a team of teachers and specialists from the aforementioned faculty, specially appointed for such a mission, presented the design and assembly of the quarry, structuring a work plan for the implementation of the technique, establishing stages, duration and costs.
For the development of the curriculum, the Faculty of Technology and Applied Sciences will provide the necessary human resources, the company undertakes to pay the established fees and transport of the teachers, and the municipality will cover the costs of accommodation and food. and allocate the physical space for the competition dictation.
The Career Creation Legal Instrument provides that the University Technician will assist and/or collaborate with the professionals responsible for the design and planning of lithium brine extraction. This technician will have a sufficient level of ability to lead certain sectors of a company, always under the guidance of a competent responsible professional.
The curriculum includes for the first year mathematics, physics, chemistry, introduction to mining, technical drawing, general geology and solar geology, computer science and statistics, chemistry II. Coordination will be the responsibility of the Academic Secretariat and the Department of Mining Engineering of UNCA’s Faculty of Technology and Applied Sciences.
Admission will require a completed secondary level or compliance with the provisions of Article 7 of the Higher Education Law No. 24521 or the laws that may replace them and those established by the governing bodies of the National University of Catamarca. The beginning of the activities will be from next September – 2022 academic year – with the dictation of a compensatory course and two subjects systematically until the end of May 2023.
Accompanying the signing ceremony of the agreement were present, among other directors and officials, the Senator of the Department Norma Reales, the Academic Secretary and the Secretary of Extension and Liaison of the Faculty of Technology and Applied Sciences, Lic Natalia Fernandez and Engineer Pablo Gaffet, respectively.
Education and production
Savio, speaking, stated that the University’s Lithium Brine Processing Technician course “is an alternative to academic training for the Catamark community and to respond to the manufacturing sectors that require these technicians.” In this regard, he noted that “the educational system is always available to every region in the interior of Catamarca, in collaboration with our technical and human resources, so that together we can generate more and better opportunities.”
In the same way, he emphasized “the joint work between the state, the university and the company to get fruits to the extent that we all have the responsibility, seriousness and commitment to always seek the growth and prosperity of peoples, creating conditions and opportunities for a better life . In this regard, he indicated that “we are very happy to accept the challenge of continuing to make progress in generating development poles in each of the interior regions of our province”.
“The implementation of the dictation of this career – he said – is related to the answers that higher education gives to the manufacturing sector in Catamarca, convinced that teaching and learning together with the world of work must act as a powerful transformative symbiosis”, he concluded .
Alzugaray appreciated that “our commitment is to the development of the community and this makes sense for us because it will allow us to hire people with a skilled workforce while at the same time strengthening ties with the population,” Alzugaray said.
“This is very necessary for Antofagasta de la Sierra,” Senator Reales summed up. In stressing the measure, he considered that “it is a prevailing example to the Poona of Catamarca, as the University in its formative role approaches furthest from provincial geography, directly benefiting the department as a whole, but especially contributing to the training of our young people, which, based on inclusive agreements between the public and private sectors, creates opportunities for work and development”.