UQ offers program for resources professionals

THE University of Queensland has launched a new postgraduate coursework program for 2015 that aims to meet the changing professional training and development needs of the extractive resources sector.

Lou Caruana

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

Sustainable Minerals Institute deputy director 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,” Brereton said.

“This 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 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.

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