Uni may seek industry partnership for mining courses

Uni may seek industry partnership for mining courses

The future of specialised mining courses at Charles Darwin University (CDU) in the Northern Territory may depend on a commercial partnership.

Mineral companies require people with skills in chemical and process engineering, as well as those trained in geology.

The university’s vice-chancellor acknowledges the skills shortage but says those courses are expensive to run and there is not enough demand to fill existing courses at other universities.

Professor Helen Garnett says she could see an industry partnership as the way forward.

“There’s absolutely no reason why we couldn’t talk to the mining companies and do that,” she said.

“Obviously [we’d] be looking at scholarships to attract students to come to the Territory because it would be unlikely that we’d have enough base numbers from the number of students who do the NTSC to go into a course.”

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