Thursday, December 18, 2014

UQ launches new postgraduate program for the resources industry

To help meet the changing professional training and development needs of the extractive resources sector, the University of Queensland has launched a new postgraduate coursework program for 2015.

The Master of Responsible Resource Development program is offered by UQ’s Sustainable Minerals Institute, the largest and most diverse education and research group in the world for sustainability in the extractive resources industry.

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Sustainable Minerals Institute Deputy Director Professor David Brereton said the new program was for both industry professionals seeking to broaden their knowledge base, as well as graduates planning on exploring future career opportunities within the sector.

“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,” Professor 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.”

Professor Brereton said the program would be offered at graduate certificate, diploma and masters level, and built around common core courses with the opportunity to specialise in one of three topic areas: environment, health and safety and community relations.

About the UQ Sustainable Minerals Institute

Established in 2001, the UQ Sustainable Minerals Institute is comprised of seven centres featuring scientists, engineers, sociologists and natural resource specialists with expertise in mining, processing, water, energy, environment, safety and risk management, unconventional gas and social performance.

Working with industry, governments and communities all over the world, the institute provides innovative education and research solutions to improve performance, practice and meet long-term commitments to global sustainability in the mining, oil and gas industries.


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