Curtin, UQ partner for online mining course


Curtin University and the University of Queensland have developed a new professional certificate program that will increase understanding of the modern mining industry in Australia and open pathways to postgraduate study.

The Foundations of Modern Mining program is sponsored by the Minerals Council of Australia and consists of six short courses available globally via the edX platform.

Associate professor Chris Rawson, Dean of Learning and Teaching for Curtin’s Faculty of Science and Engineering, said the new program will help learners upskill within their current industry role and improve their understanding of the minerals and mining sector.

“The mining industry within Australia is constantly evolving and it is important to keep track of emerging technologies and modern techniques that are being used by mining companies and affiliated professions,” Rawson said.

“This new program will give participants a better understanding of key aspects of modern mining including the business of mining, mining operations, the digital transformation of mining, sustainability, leadership and diversity, and health, safety and wellness.”

Director of the University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute, professor Neville Plint, says he is delighted the universities are partnering on this important initiative, taking advantage of the complementary expertise across the two institutions.

“The education landscape is changing rapidly and this new professional certificate is an excellent example of a more flexible approach,” Plint said.

“It provides pathways to allow people to upskill to meet new demands for the mining workforce in a rapidly changing context.”

Senior staff from Curtin University’s Western Australian School of Mines and University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute will teach the six courses within the program.

Completion of the program will earn graduates a professional certificate that can provide an entry pathway into postgraduate courses at both universities.

Courses within the program include:

  • The Minerals and Mining Business
  • Minerals and Mining in a Sustainable World
  • Operational Foundations of Mining
  • Leadership and Diversity in Mining
  • Digital Transformation of Mining*
  • Health, Safety and Wellness in Mining*

* Starts 13 April.

Learn more about the Foundations of Modern Mining on edX.

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