The University of Queensland has launched a new Responsible Resource Development program to aid the growth of sustainable mining.
The postgraduate coursework, which will be launched next year, is offered by UQ's Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI).
According to SMI deputy director professor David Brereton the program is designed for industry professionals and graduates.
“This initiative is being launched at a time when the mining industry faces the critical challenge of continuing to improve its sustainability performance while operating under significant financial constraints,” Brereton said.
“This unique program will provide graduates with in-depth understanding of sustainability and its role in the extractives industry.
“We aim to facilitate the development of higher order skill sets in problem solving, effective communication, project management and teamwork, in addition to content specialisation for a more holistic approach to future career development.
“Through the Sustainable Mineral Institute's community, students will have access to Australian and global industry experts through courses delivered in flexible and intensive modes, providing face time with lecturers through online webinars and periodic campus workshops.”
Brereton added that the program will be offered at graduate, diploma, and masters levels, stating it will be "built around common core courses with the opportunity to specialise in one of three topic areas: environment, health and safety and community relations".