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The Education Commission monitors global trends of interest to the Council and the international minerals processing community regarding educational developments, skills development and availability in minerals processing.
In 2008 the Council decided on the establishment of the Education Commission to address growing concerns about the supply and demand of minerals engineers, and the degree to which they possess the skills needed to make the best use of available tools and technology. In 2010 the Education Commission was formally constituted and has been chaired by Professor Jan Cilliers, a member of Council and also Professor at the Royal School of Mines at Imperial College.
The first phase
The Education Commission reported on the worldwide supply and demand of minerals engineers. The Commission established a working group consisting of representatives from almost all mining countries around the world and over the past few years has investigated in some depth the global status regarding the supply of graduates for the Industry as well as recent trends in the education of such graduates. The outcome of this study took the form of a Symposium at the New Delhi Congress. The Proceedings of this Symposium were published in 2013 as an IMPC monograph entitled “Minerals Industry: Education and Training”, which was edited by Jan Cilliers, Diana Drinkwater and Kari Heiskanen.
The Council and the Commission are of the view that the topics covered in the book will be of great interest to leaders in both industry and the academic and research sector.
The second phase
of the Commission’s work commenced in 2013 and Diana Drinkwater was elected as the chair. The aim of this phase is to establish a set of curriculum guidelines for minerals engineering education that meet current industry needs and can be implemented by education providers around the world. These objectives will be met by conducting two separate reviews:
1. Survey of education providers to compare content and quality of existing minerals engineering programs around the world.
2. Survey of key members of industry to establish their view of the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed by minerals engineering employees for effective performance.
The outcome of this study will be presented as a Symposium at the time of the XXIII IMPC in 2016 in Quebec City, Canada. Further information of the work of this Commission can be obtained from the chair, Dr Diana Drinkwater at firstname.lastname@example.org