School of Mining Engineering


The School of Mining Engineering, within the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at Johannesburg’s University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa is recognised as one of the top mining engineering schools and departments throughout the world.

Mining engineers play a key role in the planning, exploitation and excavation of mineral resources. Mining also requires the skills and technology of several other branches of engineering, which is why most of the curriculum for years one and two is common to all branches of engineering. The third and fourth years focus on mining engineering and include technical valuation, ventilation and environmental engineering, mine transport and rock mechanics.

The School’s programme is designed to provide the graduate with the engineering expertise that he or she will require as a mining engineer. As a result, the School has, in conjunction with the South African mining industry, developed a programme of postgraduate courses designed to cater for the needs of graduates. These include technical subjects for specialist skills in mining, mineral resource management and evaluation, and rock engineering, as well as management skills in evaluation techniques and fundamental mineral economic principles.

The School publishes an annual report regarding the developments within the School. Please download the School's 2014 Annual Information Report here. The next annual report will be published in July, 2016. Click here to download the School's latest presentation regarding the state of Mining Engineering education in South Africa at the Wits Mining Club event.

Another great achievement from Dick Stacey. After being honoured as an Emeritus Professor (please visit The University’s newsroom to read more) in 2011, Professor Emeritus Dick Stacey has accumulated another accolade in recognition of his contribution to rock engineering research by being awarded Fellow of the ISRM. Professor Stacy is now one of a small group of individuals who are recognised as international leaders in Rock Engineering through this award. Having gone through the recipients, South Africa is the only country who have two recipients. Both are at Wits Mining - the other being the current Chair of Rock Engineering - Professor van der Merwe. 

Please follow the link to access the Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry (CSMI) website. The Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems (MineMech) is a joint initiative of the University of the Witwatersrand, the country's mining companies and mining equipment suppliers.

Our new Head of School Prof Cuthbert Musingwini had recently given an Inaugural Lecture titled "Multi-criteria optimisation using the Analytic Hierarchy Process: An emerging paradigm in planning the "Future Mine". Please click here for more information.

Wits The School of Mining Engineering and Curtin University in Australia have entered into a partnership that will produce mineral economists with a difference. Please click here for more.

Dr Bekir Genc had recently taled about the future of mining in South Africa - Digital Mine. Click here for more.

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Last updated -- 18 August 2015