Recommended Mining of Postgraduate

Australia, Canada and the USA. have the most recommended mining postgraduates in the world

In these three places, the focus of the universities is on the management of the mining business, rather than on the technical. For specializations, France and England are the most recurrent.
The directors and CEO of large mining companies around the world have one or more postgraduate studies at the best universities for this specialty. Australia, Canada, the United States and Chile. These are the top four countries among the recommendations of experts, academics and executives of this branch when they are asked which are the best countries to study postgraduate courses related to the industry. Meanwhile, France and England are alternatives to specific programs.

Claudio Rodríguez, mining engineer and consultant at Downing Teal Chile, a company dedicated to the search and selection of executives and professionals in this sector, explains that in Australia, Canada and the United States are the schools that contribute most to the business aspect and management of the sector. Universities like Queensland and Curtin drive in Australia. In Canada, Queen’s University, University of British Columbia and McGill University are the most named. In the United States, the school that runs postgraduate studies for this type of operation is the Colorado School of Mines. “Mining is not a job, it’s a business,” said Claudio Rodríguez. “All the CEOs or top executives of companies around the world have gone through these universities.”

Australia: focus on the environment

Being one of the great mining powers, Australia is the first country recommended by experts when it comes to thinking about studying a postgraduate mining abroad. Queensland University, which is located in and around Brisbane, is one of the most prestigious. With a focus on sustainability and the environment, this study house offers environmental management programs in mining and management of natural resources, with a duration of approximately three semesters. This and most foreign universities have higher costs for international students.

Curtin University is another of the most recognized in that country and has master programs and diplomas in different areas, such as metallurgy; minerals and energy economy, aimed at those looking for a management look at mining business. These programs have an average duration of between 1.25 and 2 years.

University of New South Wales is also recommended by executives and industry experts. “In Australia there is a wide offer where they emphasize University of New South Wales, Curtin and Queensland. All of them are closely linked to large Australian-based mining companies (such as BHP), “says Rafael Epstein, a researcher and academic at the University of Chile.

Canada: sustainable look

Queen’s University is one of the most named in Canada. It has several programs in science, mining engineering and mining minerals, which last between one and four years, depending on the type of degree.

Here the focus is on professionals interested in extraction and production, in addition to environmental management. These studies are for professionals who seek to learn thematic about the administration and recovery of mineral resources to contribute to a sustainable society. Leopoldo Contreras, president of the Institute of Mining Engineers of Chile, recommends that in the field of mining, extraction and processing of minerals and extractive metallurgy, Queen’s University and Laval University are the favorites of Canada by Chilean students and foreign specialists who come to work in Chile in this productive sector.

The mining and studies of this area in Canada have similarities with Australia: prestige, own mining and concern for the environment and sustainability are characteristics that stand out in these latitudes. The director of Queen’s University’s Mining Department, Robert M. Buchan, was in Chile a few weeks ago talking to academics and students at the University of Development, with whom he made an alliance. At that time, the expert pointed out that the current trend is in schools that favor research and sustainability.

Other centers recommended by industry experts and executives are the University of British Columbia (UBC) and McGill University, which are strongly related to the mining industry in that country. “By doing a comprehensive analysis, I would choose UBC: it is an extraordinary university and Vancouver is a marvel,” says Rafael Epstein.

In both McGill and British Columbia, the PhD in Mines and Materials Engineering is part of the current trend, just as in the United States.

Chile: leader in Latin America

Due to its extensive mining wealth, Chile is among the four countries most recommended by academics and executives to study postgraduate courses in this area.

Although the business look that Australia, Canada and the United States bring to the professionals of this industry is not yet so ingrained in Chile, experts say that progress is being made in that direction.

The master’s degree in Business Management and Management of the Mining Industry Version of the University of Chile, imparted by the Department of Industrial Engineering, currently dictates its fourth version in Santiago. To date, 141 professionals have passed through this program, which is characterized by the collaboration of the business and university world, as it involves senior management of the local mining industry. And not only Chileans study these programs in our country. The master has a student from the United Kingdom, a French, a Syrian, a South African and a Venezuelan who have so far passed the generations of the master, who currently has 50 graduates. Among the requirements to take this MBA are to know English at the reading level and work experience of three years or more.

With a scientific-technological focus, the Department of Mining Engineering of the U. of Chile holds a PhD in Mining Engineering with a duration of four years. The cost of the 2014 enrollment of this program is $ 116,400 and the annual fee amounts to $ 5.3 million.

This study house also has an agreement with Curtin University (Australia) in the Diploma of Mineral Economics, which addresses the challenges of mining in the local and global economy, as well as funding for the activity and economic problems associated with exploitation of natural resources. Graduates of this course may qualify for the Curtin University Master of Science in Mineral and Energy Economics degree.

United States: mining technology

Colorado School of Mines is the undisputed leader of the United States to study postgraduate mining, according to experts. The importance of the mining activity that Colorado had in the past and the focus of business and technology that have the programs of this school prompts the North American country to be one of the top to choose a master or doctorate in this area. “It is the oldest and most iconic in the mining community,” says Rafael Epstein, arguing that he does not recognize another relevant university for mining in that country.

“In the United States, the best universities are Pittsburgh, Columbia and Colorado, which are also the most” paid “to their graduates,” says Sebastián Marzal, of the consulting firm Activos Chile, specialized in human resources.

At the Colorado School of Mining there are postgraduate courses that range from mining engineering specializations to a Ph.D. in philosophy with a major in mining and terrestrial energy systems. This program is usually completed between four and five years, but there is a limit of up to nine to remove it.

Management of technology applied in mining is what is most repeated in US graduate programs. United States and specifically this University of Colorado bet on the changes in technology in the world to launch its postgraduate Engineering and Technology Management program as an alternative to a traditional MBA.

This program is accelerated; that is, lasts a year and focuses on the design, development and implementation of innovative strategies, products, services and processes in the mining industry.

France and England: specific studies

Although the focus of Europe is not in the mining business itself, the countries of this continent are not far behind. In England, Camborne School of Mines of the University of Exeter, and in Germany, Bremer Institut are also highlighted by experts. In the United Kingdom, the one that sounds most among those who move in the industry is the Royal School of Mines Imperial College.

But Paris leads. Executives of important mining companies, Codelco and academics of the best schools in our country, have a postgraduate in the School of Mining of Paris. Doctors and teachers in geostatistics, earth sciences and the environment, sciences of this type of exploitation, among others, are the most outstanding alternatives for the specialists to study specific postgraduate courses, which allow graduates to perform at industrial level, academic and research.

“I think there are still subjects that should be studied abroad. Extractive metallurgy is a case, “says Leopoldo Contreras, president of Chile’s Institute of Mining Engineers. He also emphasized that “in the area of ​​geostatistics, the Paris School of Mines is a place that has for a long time maintained undisputed leadership worldwide.”

South Africa: Losing Ground

South Africa is one of the countries named by experts as the power of the past in this type studies. This country continues to stand out for the development of technology in this regard., but today it no longer has the level of relevance it had before, explains Claudio Rodríguez of Downing Teal. In fact, in Chile there is currently a South African student who came to work in our country and chose to do his MBA in the U. of Chile.  For more information you can visit our website

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