A STUDY ON HUMAN CAPITAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION IS PRESENTED

A STUDY ON HUMAN CAPITAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION IS PRESENTED IN THE BEAUCHEF MINERÍA INITIATIVE

On March 28th, the study “Technological Revolution 4.0 and human capital: a view from mining” was presented at the Faculty of Physics and Mathematical Sciences of the University of Chile. The document was prepared by researchers Patricio Meller and Bárbara Salinas, who are part of the Beauchef Minería initiative, a think tank born within this faculty that aims to collaborate with the definition of public policies in the mining sector through colloquia and broad-spectrum technical studies whose official launch was made in the same event.

Some of the research conclusions are that Chile is in the last place in the OECD national investment ranking in scientific research and development with 0.37% of GDP; the contribution of companies to research in universities is only 3.4%; Chile has a higher copper production than Australia and Canada, but it has between 60 and 80 times fewer researchers per ton of  mineral than those countries, and 0% of the directors and 3% of the managers of Chilean mining companies have a PHD degree, which makes it necessary for the national industry to have more doctorate engineers on their payroll.

The presentation event of the study had two discussion panels in which prominent personalities of the mining sector participated: Óscar Landerretche, former chairman of CODELCO and academic of the University of Chile; Alejandra Wood, Executive Director of CESCO; Marcelo Álvarez, Vice President of Human Resources of CODELCO; Diego Hernández, President of SONAMI; Juan Cariamo, Vice President of Minnovex, and Juan Pablo González, President of the Chilean Institute of Mining Engineers.