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Kinross announces US$1 million for Alaskan mining engineering students

August 16, 2011

Toronto, Ontario, August 16, 2011 - Kinross Gold Corporation (TSX:K; NYSE:KGC) announced today that the Company is providing approximately US$1 million in funding for a three year endowment that will provide advanced training to mining engineering students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF).

"Education is a major area of focus for Kinross, and we are pleased to support the next generation of mining engineers in Alaska by providing the UAF with a steady source of research funding over the next three years," said Tye Burt, Kinross Gold President and CEO.

Kinross has been active in Alaska since acquiring the Fort Knox mine in 1998. Located 25 miles northeast of the city of Fairbanks, Fort Knox employs more than 500 local residents and in 2011, poured its five-millionth ounce of gold.

Since 1917, the UAF has educated mining engineers who have graduated into career opportunities in Alaska, the United States, and around the world. Students and faculty members at the UAF regularly collaborate with Kinross' Fort Knox mine on research projects, and Fort Knox employees regularly volunteer as members of UAF advisory boards.