Mines announces KGHM Executive Academy Partnership

GOLDEN, Colo., July 2, 2014 – The Office of Special Programs and Continuing Education (SPACE) at Colorado School of Mines is pleased to announce the formulation of the KGHM Executive Academy.

SPACE will host nearly 40 international executives this August in a week-long executive training session specific to mining operations and innovative practices. This will be the first of two executive training sessions delivered by Mines. The group will represent Polish, Canadian, US and Chilean mining operations for KGHM. 

Anna Wrobel, Executive Director of Human Capital at KGHM, says “With KGHM projects and operation becoming truly global venture, continuous development and focus on innovation are crucial. We want to make sure that KGHM Leaders are well connected, exchange knowledge and learn from each other as well as from world-renowned experts. A custom-made program such as the KGHM Executive Academy provides access to top notch education and research, but also helps to generate practical business outcomes, build lasting working relationships and strengthen ONE KGHM spirit among our executives. We believe in real long-term ROI of such initiatives.”

 “We are confident that Mines can provide industry best practices and critical technical expertise to KGHM, thereby assisting them in achieving their global initiatives,” says Barry Martin, Director of SPACE. “The innovative KGHM Executive Academy was developed using case studies and is very much an applied approach to solving real world problems. We believe Colorado is the perfect backdrop for KGHM executives to learn about various mining techniques given the state’s rich history in mining and the unparalleled academic reputation of Mines in stewarding the earth’s precious energy, mineral and environmental resources.”

Instructing the international cohort will be nine mining industry professionals. Mines faculty members Dr. M. Stephen Enders, Dr. Hugh Miller, Dr. Kadri Dagdelen, Dr. Pat Taylor, and John Stermole are among the instructors.

This unique partnership with KGHM Group is also collaborated upon with Swiss business school IMD. IMD is ranked first in Executive Education by Financial Times and will provide the KGHM Executives business and general management training. The IMD sessions delivered to KGHM are taking place at the IMD campus in Lausanne, Switzerland. 

About SPACE:

The Office of Special Programs and Continuing Education administers educational programs on behalf of Colorado School of Mines, providing administrative, logistical and fiscal support to Mines faculty members, departments and centers involved in a wide array of educational outreach activities. The office also provides administrative support for a number of institutional strategic enterprises throughout the world. 

SPACE is housed within Mines’ Strategic Enterprises and endeavors to extend the reach of the university’s academic programs, reputation and influence through short course continuing education opportunities to industry professionals and Mines alumni, annual conferences regarding the earth’s resources, and strategic partnerships with international academic institutions, private corporations and national foreign governments.  

About KGHM:

KGHM is a global producer of copper (#7 worldwide) and silver (#1 worldwide) with over 50 years of experience in the sector. KGHM values are zero-harm, teamwork, results-orientation, courage, and accountability. KGHM is renowned for respecting business ethics, environmental protection and corporate social responsibility.

The Company was established in 1961 and since 1997 has been listed at the Warsaw Stock Exchange. KGHM owns one of the largest copper deposits in the world and has guaranteed continued production in Poland for the next 40 years. The Company assets are located in three continents – with development projects and operations in Poland, Canada, Chile, Germany, Greenland, and the USA. With the friendly acquisition of Quadra FNX in Canada, now renamed to KGHM International, KGHM has become a global company with a globally recognized brand.

KGHM overall revenue is over PLN 20 billion, which gives the company a strong position in the WIG 20 index. KGHM is owned by the Polish State (31.79%) and 68.21% free floated. KGHM Group employs over 30K employees in Poland and 4K abroad. You may find more information on KGHM at http://www.kghm.pl/.



Trevor Hall, Communications Associate, Office of Special Programs and Continuing Education, Colorado School of Mines / 303-279-9262 / trhall@mines.edu
Karen Gilbert, Director of Public Relations, Colorado School of Mines / 303-273-3541 / kgilbert@mines.edu