Government grant strengthens mining engineering education

30 December 2006 | 05:52 Code : 12292 Geoscience events
In the round of Collaboration and Structural Reform funding announced this week....

  The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) is reportedly delighted with the Australian Government’s decision to get behind a radical reform of how mining engineering education is delivered in Australia.

In the round of Collaboration and Structural Reform funding announced this week by the Minister for Education Science and Training, the Hon Julie Bishop allocated a grant of $1.325m over 18 months to assist the Mining Education Australia (MEA) initiative. MEA is a minerals industry-supported joint venture between the University of NSW, the University of Queensland and Curtin University of Technology that will change the way mining engineering education is delivered in Australia. The initiative is a platform for a collaborative framework, which the MCA is looking to extend to other areas of tertiary education critical to the minerals industry, such as earth science and metallurgy. Third and fourth-year mining engineering students at the partner universities will be taught from a common curriculum, with material designed specifically for distributed delivery. Students will have access to a large range of elective subjects and industry-supported projects all prepared by technical experts after reference to industry. The MCA’s Dr Kevin Tuckwell said the Australian Government was to be congratulated for recognising the effort and commitment from the Australian minerals industry in addressing this key area of skills shortage, by providing funds to Mining Education Australia for this landmark event. “The grant is a ringing endorsement of the radical reform and collaborative approach of this initiative. “It has taken three years of commitment from the MCA and the MEA member universities to be able to offer the MEA program to third year mining engineering students from the start of 2007,” said Dr Tuckwell. It is expected that the Mining Education Australia initiative will attract and retain greater numbers of high quality mining engineering students while sustaining the education of mining engineers in Australia and, simultaneously, establishing Australia as the global leader in mining education

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