Uni teachers prepare for Aust

Lae News, Normal

The National – Monday, January 31, 2011

TWO national academics who graduated with Masters degrees from the University of Technology in Lae are heading to Australia for further studies.
Mining lecturer Jim Pae Len will be undertaking a four-year doctorate of philosophy (PhD) programme at the Ian Wark Research Institute, University of South Australia, while technical instructor Hans Buko Matarab will do a masters for two years at the University of Queensland.
According to the acting head of the mining department Gabriel Arpa, they were the first from the department and Unitech to be accepted direct into further studies by overseas universities.
Len’s study will be a lead-on from his masters degree from Unitech on surface chemical (mineral) processing focusing on optimising recovery of coarse composite particles containing value minerals which is said to be the single largest contribution to value mineral loss from mineral and/or metal processing plants. 
Matarab, on the other hand, will undertake studies on the future of bulk, tropical regional open pit mining at Queensland University.
 Both men will leave in March.