The School of Mining Engineering at the University of Witwatersrand is recognised as one of the largest mining engineering programmes in the world.
The School of Mining Engineering has one of the most successful growth rates of any of the engineering school/departments, consistently having an increase of students to its courses.
The School of Mining Engineering, which was one of the founding schools of the University of the Witwatersrand, can trace its origins back to the Kimberley School of Mines. Throughout its existence the reputation of the Department has been based on the quality of our graduates, many of whom have risen to hold senior positions in the South African Mining Industry and have made significant contributions to its growth and technological development.
While our primary function remains the education of undergraduates to the highest international standards, many of our other activities involving postgraduate students, research and consultancy work are not well publicised and this home-page is designed to correct the situation. By introducing our staff, their research interests and publications, together with the facilities available in the School, it is hoped to generate greater awareness of our capabilities. Arising from that knowledge we hope to strengthen existing collaborative relationships with industry and to initiate new areas of co-operation.
The challenges faced by the School as we cross the threshold into the new South Africa are indeed formidable, but we remain committed to our task of providing the Mining Industry with managers, innovators and leaders of the highest caliber, while at the same time making our own, unique contribution to developing the technology of tomorrow.
Mining is an excellent subject to study at university and as a course is more focused towards industry than other engineering subjects. This is of considerable benefit to students who have the chance to make valuable contacts in the industry before they graduate.
Today, Wits Mining hosts an ECSA-accredited first degree, internationally recognised higher degrees in Mining Engineering covering several specialist fields of study, several certificate programmes and the Centre of Sustainability in Mining and Industry (CSMI). Any plan for the future should build on this success and be aimed at current and anticipated industry problems. However, that does not mean that the status quo should remain as is. In fact, if we want advancement and improvement, certain aspects will have to change - for example, improving quality, ensuring better student throughput and steering research output so that we can grow the School for the benefit of the Faculty, University, mining industry and our Country. The slogan for the new plan for Wits Mining is, therefore, appropriately phrased as Wits Mining: Distinctly Exceptional.