Australia’s tertiary institutions are persisting with their efforts to attract mining and engineering students despite slipping enrolment figures.
Professor of civil, environmental and mining engineering at the University of Western Australia (UWA), Andy Fourie, points to the cyclic nature of the industry as a reason for the reluctance of some students to study mining engineering.
Although extremely attractive salaries being on offer during boom times, employment security during downturns is understandably a key concern for many young people, according to Fourie.
However, it doesn’t stop UWA from improving the curriculum to attract more students.
“Advances in technology are impacting on mining engineering as much, if not more, than on other branches of engineering,” Fourie tells Australian Mining.