Department of Mining Engineering

The department provides two distinct four-year degree programs leading to a Bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Mineral Processing Engineering. Below, you’ll find pertinent details about each program:

Mining Engineering: The Mining Engineering program equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in the extraction of valuable minerals and resources from the Earth. This comprehensive curriculum covers a range of topics, including mine design, drilling and blasting techniques, mineral economics, and environmental considerations in mining operations. Graduates of this program are well-prepared for careers in the dynamic field of mining, contributing to sustainable resource development.

Mineral Processing Engineering: The Mineral Processing Engineering program focuses on the techniques and processes involved in extracting and refining valuable minerals from raw ores. Students delve into subjects such as ore characterization, comminution, flotation, hydrometallurgy, and process optimization. This program emphasizes the sustainable and efficient processing of minerals while considering environmental impacts. Graduates are equipped to address the complex challenges in mineral processing industries, from designing optimal processing plants to implementing innovative technologies for resource recovery.

Our department is dedicated to fulfilling its vision, mission, and objectives, which serve as the guiding principles for all our functions and operations.

Vision Statement
"Empowering Future Leaders in Sustainable Resource Development"
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Mission Statement
"To Provide Excellence in Mining Education, Research, and Industry Collaboration"
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We aim to position The Mining Engineering Department as a leader in education, research, and industry collaboration, dedicated to shaping the future of responsible resource development.
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Our Department has a rich history that dates back to its establishment as part of the University’s Engineering programs. Founded to address the growing demand for skilled professionals in the mining sector, the department has evolved over the years to meet the changing needs of the industry and align with global best practices in mining education and research.


Our mission is to excel in the field of mining education, research, and innovation, while fostering a culture of responsible mining practices and sustainability. The department is dedicated to producing highly skilled mining engineers and professionals who can make a significant impact in the mining industry and contribute to the economic development of Papua New Guinea.


The Department’s activities and contributions are guided by a defined set of objectives, which are outlined as follows:

  1. Academic Excellence: To provide a world-class education in mining engineering, equipping students with the knowledge, skills, and ethical values required for successful careers in the mining sector.
  2. Research and Innovation: To conduct cutting-edge research in mining-related fields, with a focus on sustainable mining practices, environmental stewardship, and technological advancements.
  3. Industry Collaboration: To establish strong partnerships and collaborations with mining companies, governmental bodies, and international organizations to bridge the gap between academia and industry.
  4. Community Engagement: To actively engage with local communities in mining areas, promoting responsible mining practices, and addressing social and environmental concerns.
  5. Safety and Sustainability: To emphasize safety and environmental sustainability as core principles in mining engineering education, research, and industry involvement.
  6. Global Perspective: To expose students to international best practices and global trends in mining engineering, preparing them to work in a diverse and interconnected world.
  7. Alumni Success: To track the achievements of Mining Engineering Department alumni, showcasing their contributions to the mining industry and broader society.
  8. Capacity Building: To contribute to the development of Papua New Guinea’s mining workforce by offering specialized training and workshops for industry professionals.

Our commitment lies in nurturing graduates who not only excel in technical proficiency but also grasp the significance of responsible and sustainable mining practices. Achieving this goal through rigorous academic programs, impactful research endeavors, and strong partnerships with industry and communities, we aim to establish the department as a leading force in mining education and research, both locally and globally.