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Modern Mining Engineering Education Transforming Towards the Digital Era

During the last decades, a transformation in various fields influencing education can be observed: Learning habits change, e. g., due to substantial changes in the channels and media used to acquire information. Teaching alternatives become broader and digital and follow these changes. Graduated profiles need to address 21st century skills for the work beyond the 4th industrial revolution. The transformation and ...

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RWTH Aachen University – Raising the Profile of the University’s Degree Courses on Energy and Natural Resources

About 900 students have enrolled on the Specialist Group for Raw Materials and Waste Disposal Technology (FRE) at RWTH Aachen University, Aachen/Germany. This is the young talent whose know-how is now very much in demand both in Germany and around the world. With its Bachelor’s Degree course “Sustainable Resources and Energy Supply”, its Master’s courses on “Sustainable Energy Supply” and ...

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Empowerment Teaching: A 7-Phase Model to Secure an Effective International Know-How Transfer in Engineering Education

International know-how transfer is the basis for reaching scientific excellence jointly all around the world. But: How can we transfer our know-how effectively from country A to country B? What are the prerequisites especially in applied sciences like engineering? Having given numerous lectures around the world during the last 15 years, the authors are convinced that participatory teaching methods can ...

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Introduction to the EU H2020-Project International ­Network of Raw Materials Training Centres (INTERMIN)

The H2020-Project INTERMIN commenced in February 2018. Its goal is to create a feasible, long-lasting international network of technical and vocational training centres for mineral raw materials’ professionals. Specific objectives of the project are to develop common metrics and reference points for quality assurance and recognition of training and to create a comprehensive competency model for employment across the primary ...

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An Example of a University-Industry Collaboration to Undertake Focused Research

The School of Mining Engineering (Wits Mining) at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg/South Africa, has a long history of Mining Engineering education, being the oldest and largest on the African continent. Wits Mining has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with one of the largest gold mining companies in the world with a common commitment to education, research and ...

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Mining in German School Education – Status and Developments

In fact, schools are not enviable – a large number of studies indicates a continuous criticism. The comments range i. e. from a poor performance in basic subjects such as mathematics to an inadequate preparation of school leavers for vocational training and suitability for STEM-subjects. Thus, this article follows a further examination of the school-based approach. The central question which is ...

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GVSt 2019 – Annual Report

The Essen-based German Coal Association (GVSt) has once again published its Annual Report, with the 2019 edition reporting on Year One of the post-mining era. This latest report covers the main themes and activities associated with the work of the Association in this sector during the twelve months in question. What follows is a summary account of all those sections ...

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Climate-Friendly Heating with Heat Utilisation from Mine Water in Post-Mining

With 5.5 million inhabitants, the Ruhr Area is one of the largest urban centers in Europe. In times of the industrialization, the Ruhr Area became an industrial conurbation. The coal mines which are now part of the RAG Aktiengesellschaft, Essen/Germany, provided work. Due to the underground coal mining in depths of more than 1,000 m, there is an area with ...

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Utilisation of Underground Mining Infrastructure as Pumped Storage Power Plant

Pumped-storage power plants are an efficient option for energy storage to address short-term variances. In general, pumped-storages are dependent on high differences in altitude and therefore located in mountainous areas. An advantageous variation is the installation of pumped-storage power plants completely or partially underground. Three variations are feasible: usage of the infrastructure of closed mines, usage of the infrastructure of ...

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Proposed Underground Pumped Hydro Storage Power Plant at Prosper-Haniel Colliery in Bottrop – State of Play and Prospects

The German coal industry will leave an extensive infrastructure behind when it finally comes to a close at the end of 2018. Mine shafts up to 1,200 m in depth, a huge network of underground workings and extensive water drainage and pumping facilities create real prospects for all kinds of after-use projects. The development of underground pumped hydro storage power ...

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