Through the enduring partnership of the Energy and Minerals Institute at UWA and the Sustainable Minerals Institute at UQ, the Minerals and Energy for Development Alliance will continue to harness the world-leading knowledge and capability in minerals and energy science, education and research, cutting-edge technology innovation and facilities, multi-disciplinary collaborations, and thought leadership of these universities.
UQ is one of Australia’s premier learning and research institutions, ranked third in Australia and 85th in the world in the prestigious 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities. Since its establishment in 1910, UQ’s graduates have become leaders in all areas of society and industry. Today, UQ has almost 44,000 students across its four main campuses in southeast Queensland. With staff and students from more than 134 nations, UQ values and celebrates its multicultural community.
UQ’s Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) is the world’s leading research institute dedicated to finding knowledge-based solutions to the sustainability challenges of the minerals industry. SMI is an initiative of industry, The University of Queensland and the Queensland Government to boost capacity in research and education in sustainable development in the minerals sector. SMI aims to participate in the transition of global mining and minerals recovery to a new level of performance and societal acceptance by being a world leader in providing knowledge-based solutions to the sustainability challenges of the global minerals industry.
SMI develops and delivers multi-tiered capacity-building programs for government and industry from a range of developing countries, including in-country and Australian short courses and study tours focussed on mineral industry development issues.
UWA plays a vital role in scholarship and discovery of global significance. With the long-term aim to be counted among the top 50 universities in the world by 2050, in August 2014 Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s internationally recognised Academic Ranking of World Universities, ranked UWA 88th in the world. UWA is regarded as one of Australia’s top research institutions and offers an outstanding, international research culture across all disciplines, providing opportunities for staff and students to enjoy a world-class university experience.
UWA is a member of the Group of Eight (Go8), which is a coalition of Australia’s leading universities that has been operating since 1994. UWA has recently introduced a new course structure, referred to as the 3+2 model, three years of broad undergraduate studies followed by a two-year postgraduate professional qualification. This model is in line with leading universities across the world and has been designed to produce well-rounded graduates, as well as provide multiple entry opportunities for a wide range of students.
Western Australia is a major global resources economy with its capital city Perth ranked as the most important energy city in Australia.
Western Australia’s resource exports have reached $100 billion per annum and this growth has attracted world-renowned expertise to UWA. Through UWA’s Energy and Minerals Institute (EMI), academics are consistently selected to partner with industry and government on global projects that develop new technology for today’s resource challenges. EMI operates as a network institute and its mission is ‘to enhance and connect UWA’s talent and capability across the energy and minerals value chain, build multidisciplinary networks and strengthen partnerships with industry and external stakeholders’.