The Indonesian Mining Engineering Study Program Communication Forum (FORKOPINDO) conducted a field trip to PT. Freeport Indonesia’s mining sites in Timika Regency, Papua Province. This activity was carried out from 25 to 29 March 2019 and was attended by 13 participants from mining study programs of 10 universities: UMI Makassar, UHO Kendari, ITATS Surabaya, UNEJ Jember, UPNV Yogyakarta, UNISBA Bandung, Trisakti Jakarta, UBB Bangka Belitung, UNP Padang, and UNSYIAH Banda Aceh.

These ten universities have been selected by FORKOPINDO from 67 higher education institutions that have a mining engineering study program in Indonesia. During the visit, participants were accompanied by Manager of PTFI Government Relations, @spencerpaoh, and PTFI Corporate Communications, Meliana H. @ mmitapo.

This fieldtrip activity was one of the programs of FORKOPINDO that aims to enhance the knowledge and understanding of mining lecturers about mining activities on the surface and underground. This is in line with the commitment of the company, @freeportindonesia, which is willing to participate in educating the next generation of Indonesia in the mining sectors as the main industry of the company.

In addition, Spencer Paoh stated “PTFI expects the lecturers participating in the field trip will be the ambassadors in introducing PTFI mining activities from end-to-end entities. They are expected to share their experiences and to explain that the company has implemented well the mining engineering principles and has been environmentally friendly as well as has contributed to the development of Indonesia. Furthermore, PTFI continues its commitment to benefit society and protect environment, to be specific those around PTFI mining sites,” The lecturer from Mining Study Program of UMI, @tambangftiumi @ftiumi, @salamdgbengo, suggested that this activity should be held again with some improvements such as the young lecturer internship program, and government employees (PNS) internship program @kesdm such the one conducted at PTFI. The internship program will increase young lecturer’s knowledge, experience and skills. So they will have more detail and in-depth knowledge about mining engineering such as tunnelling, underground stability, underground mine planning, and tunnel monitoring.