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Developments in the teaching of hydrometallurgy in Australia

Nicol, M.J.ORCID: 0000-0002-8757-161X (2005) Developments in the teaching of hydrometallurgy in Australia. Hydrometallurgy, 79 (1-2). pp. 23-30.

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The past decade has seen the steady decline in the numbers of students opting for careers in the mining and metallurgical industry throughout the world. This has resulted in a corresponding decline in the number of tertiary institutions offering both under- and postgraduate training in extractive metallurgy. The teaching of courses in geology, mining and extractive metallurgy in Australian universities is undergoing significant change largely as a result of the initiative taken by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA). This has resulted in a major program aimed at developing national under- and postgraduate courses in selected areas with the aim of making these available to a consortium of participating universities. Murdoch University, together with the A J Parker Cooperative Research Centre for Hydrometallurgy, has been commissioned to develop the course in hydrometallurgy. Progress in the development of this course will be discussed in terms of overall philosophy, content and mode of delivery. Aspects of the extension to a Web-based course will also be summarized. Murdoch University has also established a hydrometallurgical pilot plant on the campus and the results of the first continuous operation for several months using under- and postgraduate students as operators will be discussed from the point of view of practical training and of providing an interface with the local industry.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Parker Cooperative Research Centre for Integrated Hydrometallurgy Solutions
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Copyright: © 2005 Elsevier B.V.
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