Mining Engineering was recognised as an important discipline in the South African context when the program in Mining Engineering was initiated in 1958, just three years after the founding of the faculty of Engineering at the University of Pretoria in 1955.
As a specialised discipline the number of students in the program remained relatively low, but has steadily grown over the years into the present leading department with many alumni serving the mining industry with distinction. The University is grateful for the generous and continuous support and cooperation with industry that has enabled us to attract experienced mining engineers such as Professors J De V Lamprechts, FQP Leiding, AN Brown,
GA Fourie, JN vd Merwe and RCW Webber-Youngman, to lead the department.
Over the years the department faced many challenges with student numbers following the ebb and flow of the fortunes of the industry but has proved to be resilient and ready to turn challenges into opportunities. The change of the language of tuition to English to facilitate access, the present strong emphasis on leadership skills grounded in sound technical skills, and contributions to inculcating a safety culture in mining operations serve as excellent examples.
The Tuks Mining Alumni Asssociation (MASUP) and the Advisory Board of the Department of Mining Engineering contribute very significantly to the care and growth of the department.
The recent innovations in the Mining Engineering curriculum are a manifestation of the University of Pretoria’s commitment to the four key principles that drive our institutional strategy and planning: quality, relevance, diversity and sustainability. The new facilities accompanied by the curriculum innovation undertaken by the Department of Mining Engineering will continue to play a significant role in ensuring that the University of Pretoria’s vision is realised.
“To be a leading research-intensive Mining Engineering Department in Africa, recognised internationally for its quality, relevance and impact, and also for developing people, creating knowledge and making a difference locally and globally.”
“The Mission of the Department of Mining Engineering is to educate and lead mining engineering students to become Imagineers by empowering them with technical and non-technical skills through the use of world class education, research, leadership and related technology interventions."
Our strategic goals direct the long-term trajectory of the Department of Mining
- To be a leading research-intensive Department
- To pursue excellence in teaching and learning
- To be recognised continuously for the quality of graduates delivered
- To strengthen the Department’s national and international profile through the establishment of sound sustainable business and other relationships
- To become financially independent in terms of the growth strategy of the department
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