Australian universities among world’s best mining schools


Australia has dominated the Top Universities ranking of mining schools, with five schools appearing in the top 10 rankings.

While the United States’ Colorado School of Mines snagged the top spot, Australia occupied the rest of the top five, with Curtin University, University of Western Australia, University of New South Wales and University of Queensland respectively.

Monash University was ranked at seventh and Australia had further representation in the top 50; the University of Melbourne (16th), University of Wollongong (24th), University of Adelaide and University of Newcastle sitting equal 30th.

With these nine schools, Australia featured more than any other country in the top 50, with the United States and Canada trailing behind with seven schools each.

Australia’s top ranked school, Western Australia’s Curtin University, scored 100 points for employer reputation, contributing to its total score of 85.2.

Schools are also ranked on academic reputation, for which winter Colorado School of Mines received a perfect score, H-index citations and citations per paper.

With Curtin’s Western Australian School of Mines operating both from Perth and historic mining city Kalgoorlie, students receive teaching focussed on mining and metallurgical processing.

Students are exposed to real-life learning situations, including a mining simulator, which allows students, new and experienced mine workers to learn how to operate equipment in a safe environment.

“The Western Australian School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering has a wide range of facilities available for students, staff and researchers,” Curtin University said on its website.

“The school attracts strong industry partnerships and investment in high-tech facilities.

Rounding out the remainder of the top 10 schools was Canada’s McGill University (sixth), Queen’s University at Kingston, also in Canada (eighth), along with Universidad de Chile and University of British Columbia in equal ninth.

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