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Camborne School of Mines launches 'mining professional' course

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: August 22, 2014

By Simon Parker Living Cornwall Editor @simonparkerwmn

Camborne School of Mines has been teaching miners from around the world since 1888

Camborne School of Mines has been teaching miners from around the world since 1888

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Cornwall’s world-famous mining college is extending its educational opportunities by adding a professional development course during the next academic year.

Camborne School of Mines, which has been a byword for quality training since 1888 and welcomes students from every continent, is launching what staff hope will be a pioneering new course for anyone working in the mining industry.

The Professional Mining Programme aims to provide employees in diverse areas of the industry to learn about every aspect of the global industry. A part-time, postgraduate course, it will be led by CSM’s team of mining experts.

Professor Kip Jeffrey, who is leading the scheme, said: “The launch of this programme is another milestone in CSM’s 125-year history of mining education and marks an important new direction not just for us, but for the industry as a whole.

“These challenging courses are designed to meet the needs of industry staff, mining companies, regulators and professional associations alike, and our practical approach will link academics and students with consultancies, multinational miners and junior explorers to provide a broad understanding of the mining lifecycle, business drivers and technical knowledge to improve business performance and promote profitable and sustainable mining.”

He said the ground-breaking course would blend online learning with residential workshops at CSM’s Penryn campus and in mining centres around the world.

“This approach allows professionals to develop their careers by undertaking accredited advanced educational studies, while maintaining their industry roles,” said Prof Jeffrey. “We have extensive experience of developing blended learning and residential courses for international mining, mining equipment and construction materials companies. And our students will develop a detailed understanding of the mining value chain from finance, mineral deposit geology and exploration to mine design, mining operations, mineral processing, environmental and social impacts and mine closure, before covering advanced aspects of mining engineering and a business improvement project. In short, they will become ‘mining professionals’.”

The course is open to experienced mining industry staff who have an existing degree or appropriate experience. For more information visit exeter.ac.uk/cornwall

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