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Center émergent environnement minier (EM-EMIG) at the Ecole des Mines, de l'Industrie et de la Géologie (EMIG, Niamey, Niger)

Center Manager :
Professor Mahamadou OUSMAN



RAMR2D > Centers > CEA EM-EMIG

Created on September 13, 1982 under the aegis of the Economic Community of West African States (CEAO), in execution of resolutions N°22/78/Ce of October 27, 1978, EMIG was initially conceived as a regional school financed by the Economic Community of West African States (CEAO). As such, the school takes into account the concern for best practice in higher education on a regional scale.
For over twenty years, EMIG has been training senior technicians and engineers in the fields of mining, industry and geology. To keep pace with the training needs expressed by companies, it has gradually developed the programs set up since its opening in 1990, by creating new training courses.
Alongside this experience in higher technological education, EMIG has been able to create and develop links with the professional world, notably through the production of continuing education modules or various services (studies, expert appraisals, etc.). In addition, EMIG carries out research activities in all areas of mining, industry and geology.
With the economic recession of the 90s, UEMOA countries embarked on wide-ranging programs to strengthen and diversify their mining potential.
The results obtained with the 8th EDF have enabled the identification of numerous mineral showings and deposits, which has favored the emergence of multinational companies in research and exploitation throughout the West African craton.
For example, Niger has 7 mining licenses (including 5 for uranium, 1 for coal and 1 for gold), 72 mining conventions in force (including 10 for coal, 1 for copper, 4 for lithium, 38 for gold and 9 for uranium), 132 semi-mechanized mining authorizations, 16 mining authorizations and 18 halt processing authorizations. Currently, more than forty companies are involved in the extraction of mineral substances (gold, coal, uranium, etc.) in the West African region.
Experience shows that insufficiently controlled extraction and processing of mineral resources generates negative environmental (destruction of forest cover, water pollution, etc.) and social (working conditions on informal or industrial mining sites, impact on local communities, etc.) externalities.
Recent diagnostics have shown a lack of qualified personnel capable of dealing with the issues of rehabilitation and restoration of mining sites (artisanal, semi-mechanized and industrial operations) throughout the UEMOA region.
In order to take these challenges into account, EMIG is proposing, within the framework of the CEA Impact project, a theme focusing on the mining environment (closure, rehabilitation of mining sites, etc.) and safety.) and safety.
The Center plans to provide training at bachelor's and master's levels in this area, as well as applied research.
These actions are in line with national and regional policy guidelines, which, as part of the African Mining Vision (AMV), call for capacity-building for players in the field.

The project's educational partners, mining companies and key ministries will play a key role in achieving the project's objectives.

Main expected results:

  • The creation of specialized bachelor's and master's degrees; 
  • Identify and implement applied research projects in collaboration with partners;
  • Setting up continuous training modules.

Actions by educational partners :

  • Pooling laboratories ;
  • Incubators for student recruitment;
  • Participation in student training;
  • Student supervision ;
  • Student exchanges ;
  • Participation in research and supervision ;
  • Training the trainers ;
  • Online training ;
  • Technical assistance.

Industrial and institutional partners will support EMIG in welcoming, accommodating, supervising and supporting trainees. They also play a decisive role in the revision of curricula, applied research activities and the professional integration of young graduates.