The University of Queensland has joined forces with the Queensland Resources Council in an attempt to drum up the number of quality graduates available to the minerals and energy sector, the University’s Sustainable Minerals Institute director Chris Moran told MINING DAILY.
“Irrespective of the hiccup that economic turbulence might cause, the underpinning fundamentals are still very strong and the global industry is still going to need quality engineers,” he said.
The University and the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) will formalise an agreement in coming months to build on existing partnerships.
Immediate joint priorities include the collaboration on strategies to better sustain mining engineering and metallurgy student numbers as well as the expansion of research to support a sustainable low emissions energy industry.
The University’s Vice — Chancellor Professor Paul Greenfield said the minerals sector faced some of the great engineering, research and public policy challenges and opportunities of this generation.
“Stronger working relationships with industry groups such as the QRC and its member companies, will improve the value we can add to the sector’s operations, to the intellectual; capital and wealth of the nation, and to national and global responses to sustainability issues,” Greenfield said.
Moran said the university had a three pronged strategic plan in the areas of discovery, learning and engagement.
“By working with the QRC we reinforce our communication and engagement with the key industry players that sit behind the resources council,” Moran said.