Australian universities rank high for mining courses


Curtin University is the top ranked of four Australian universities that have been named in the top 10 of QS world university rankings’ leading schools for mineral and mining engineering courses this year.

Curtin University (2nd), the University of Queensland (3rd), the University of New South Wales (5th) and the University of Western Australia have taken the top spots against the world’s universities by subject.

Curtin is also placed 43rd for geology, while ranking 44th in petroleum and 50th in earth and marine sciences globally.

Curtin vice-chancellor John Cordery said the latest results further cemented the university’s position as a global leader in mineral and mining engineering.

“I am delighted that Curtin has upheld its place as the world’s second-ranked university for mineral and mining engineering for the fifth year in a row,” Cordery said.

“Curtin’s strong position in these latest rankings across a number of subjects is a testament to our commitment to high-quality research and teaching and the continuing focus on industry collaboration and connection, particularly in the fields of mining and mining engineering.”

Curtin has worked with the University of Queensland in launching a professional certificate program for mining, making six short courses available online.

This acts as an entry pathway into postgraduate courses at both universities.

The university is also placed top 100 globally for nine subjects, including architecture, engineering – civil and structural, nursing, geophysics and sport-related subjects.

The 2021 QS world university rankings by subject considered more than 1453 universities across 51 academic disciplines and five broad faculty areas.

Colorado School of Mines in the United States has nabbed the top spot, followed by McGill University in Canada (4th), Queen’s University at Kingston, also in Canada (7th) and the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom (8th).

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