Four out of the world’s top six universities for mineral and mining engineering are in Australia, according to the 2019 QS World University Rankings.
Curtin University (2), the University of Western Australia (4), the University of Queensland (5) and the University of New South Wales (6) topped the chart by subject, which considered over 1200 universities across 78 countries worldwide.
The world’s second-best institution for mineral and mining engineering, Curtin University, has held its position for three years in a row.
It is only superseded by the Colorado School of Mines in the United States.
Curtin University vice-chancellor Deborah Terry said the results continued to highlight the Western Australian-based university’s strengths.
“The QS World University Rankings by subject offer the world’s most popular source of comparative data about university performance, and I am delighted that Curtin continues to rank second in the world for mineral and mining engineering,” Terry said.
“These results are a reflection of the university’s dedication to high-quality research and teaching, and we remain committed to further developing Curtin’s standing as an international leader across more fields of study.”
Australian universities continue to be amongst the world’s best despite the popularity of mining, metallurgical, chemical and petroleum engineering, and mineral economics disciplines dropping in recent years.