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A global education in the heart of the goldfields

Curtin Kalgoorlie University School of mines

Curtin Kalgoorlie is a global leader in mining education, putting students in the heart of Western Australia’s historic mining region. Discover some of our latest achievements. 

Second place ranking retained

Curtin University’s standing as the world’s second-ranked institution for Mineral and Mining Engineering has been confirmed in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

The latest edition shows two Curtin courses were ranked among the top 50 across the globe, with Earth and Marine Sciences ranked 35th, in addition to Mineral and Mining Engineering at second for the third consecutive year.

New curriculum to train future workforce 

Curtin’s mining-related courses will soon include emerging areas such as robotics, data analytics and additive manufacturing.

The new curriculum is part of a comprehensive plan to ensure the WA School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering is equipped to train the future mining workforce. 

Ben Spice, Kirstan Lee and Rachel Manger at Silverlake Daisy Milano mine at Mount Monger

“The new curriculum will ensure students transition from the classroom to a job in the resources sector, and are fully equipped to handle the technological developments that are transforming the industry,” said WA School of Mines Alumni President, Raleigh Finlayson.

“As part of the process, we will be seeking industry representatives to provide their input to ensure tomorrow’s graduates are meeting the needs of their future employers.”

Leading US scientists to research mine safety and lightning threat

Protecting industrial infrastructure from lightning strikes and ensuring mine safety will be the aim of two leading US scientists who have been awarded scholarships to conduct research at the WA School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering next year.

Atmospheric physics expert Professor Richard Sonnenfeld, from New Mexico Tech, and mining and metallurgical engineering academic Professor George Danko, from the University of Nevada, will be based at Curtin’s Kalgoorlie and Perth campuses from January to June 2020 under the prestigious Fulbright Program.

Professor Sonnenfeld’s research into how lightning interacts with tall infrastructure and Professor Danko’s development of a ground-breaking method for monitoring air quality inside mines, are of strategic importance to Australia’s energy and resources sectors.

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