Mar 3, 2015

2015 Edition: Best Universities for an Engineering Degree in Europe

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2015 Edition: Best Universities for an Engineering Degree in Europe

Higher education is, and will remain, a fundamental building block in obtaining a quality, high-paying job. For engineering positions in the mining industry, it’s imperative.

Since 1983, U.S. News has provided a series of consumer guides that include global education rankings to assist parent and students in finding the perfect school. The site utilizes ten indicators (see here) to calculate each institution’s score.

Though not directly associated with the mining industry, based on the scoring, these are the top 10 universities for an engineering degree in Europe.

10. Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Spain)

Score: 71.0

Founded in 1971, Polytechnic University of Catalonia is the largest engineering university in Catalonia, Spain. Commonly referred to as BarcelonaTECH or UPC, the University aims to achieve the highest degree of engineering/technical excellence and has bilateral agreements with several top-ranked European universities.

Noteworthy: Ranks #409 for Best Global Universities

9. Aalborg University (Denmark)

Score: 71.5

Since 1974, the Aalborg University in Denmark has been a catalyst for academic excellence, cultural engagement and personal development for students. The University has campuses in Aalborg, Esbjerg and Copenhagen, along with dedicated engineering programs in a variety of fields.

8. KU Leuven (Belgium)

Score: 71.9

Originally the first university established in Belgium, KU Leuven consistently ranks within the top 100 universities of the world. The school is strongly regarded as a research-oriented university with one of the best engineering programs in Europe.

Noteworthy: Ranks #53 for Best Global Universities

7. Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)

Score: 73.8

Founded in 1827, the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden is one of Scandinavia’s largest institutions of higher education in technology.

Noteworthy: Ranks #197 for Best Global Universities

6. University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)

Score: 75.8

Founded in 1209, the University of Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world. The school is a collegiate public research university located in Cambridge, England.

Noteworthy: Ranks #6 for Best Global Universities

5. Technical University of Denmark (Denmark)

Score: 76.2

Often referred to as DTU, the Technical University of Denmark is the largest and the leading environment for training engineers. The school is one of the foremost technical universities in Europe and continues to set new records in the number of publications and partnerships within the engineering industry.

Noteworthy: Ranks #185 for Best Global Universities

4. Delft University of Technology (Netherlands)

Score: 78.3

Delft University of Technology is the largest and oldest Dutch public technical university. Commonly referred to as TU Delft, the University works with other educational and research institution, both in the Netherlands and abroad, to provide the best research and teaching in engineering possible.

Noteworthy: Ranks #188 for Best Global Universities

3. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (Switzerland)

Score: 79.8

Founded in 1855, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) is a leading international university for technology and natural sciences.

Noteworthy: Ranks #26 for Best Global Universities

2. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)

Score: 80.6

EPFL is regarded as one of the world’s most prestigious universities in technology. Founded in 1853, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne has gained national attention for a number of high-profile projects.

Noteworthy: Ranks #77 for Best Global Universities

1. Imperial College London (United Kingdom)

Score: 82.9

Located in the United Kingdom, the Imperial College London has 10 departments covering a comprehensive range of engineering disciplines. The school consistently ranks as one of the best schools for engineering across the globe.

Noteworthy: Ranks #12 for Best Global Universities

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Jan 30, 2019

Deloitte predicts industry transformation - Tracking the Trends 2019 report

Daniel Brightmore
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Deloitte reveals top ten trends transforming mining in annual Tracking the Trends report
Deloitte has published the eleventh edition of its an...

Deloitte has published the eleventh edition of its annual report on the mining industry. Tracking the Trends identifies the top ten trends transforming the future of mining in 2019

The Deloitte report endeavours to provide the mining industry with insights it can leverage to support its continued quest for productivity, capital discipline, strategic development and sustainable growth.

Philip Hopwood, Deloitte’s Global Leader - Mining & Metals, commented: “It appears that the mining industry is poised for greater growth than it’s seen in a decade, but today’s market realities are very different than those of the past. We’re now dealing with geopolitical tensions in the form of trade wars and tariff concerns, as well as looming asset shortages. Rising commodity prices should fuel expansion, but could also result in a return of inflation and the costs that go with it, eventually eating into margins. 

Disruption and volatility has become the new normal and the pace of change is outpacing our ability to adapt. This makes it imperative for mining companies to clarify how they plan to drive value into the future and how they intend to respond when prices inevitably drop again.” 

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Here are the key messages provided by the 2019 report:

  • Disruption and volatilitymake it imperative for mining companies to clarify how they plan to drive value into the future and how they intend to respond when prices inevitably drop again. To thrive into the future, mining companies will need to challenge the status quo by soliciting a diversity of opinions and taking the risk to do things differently. 


  • Technology and artificial intelligence (AI) will play akey role, not only in helping companies envision future scenarios, but in identifying risks at an enterprise level and transforming the supply chain. Moreover, advances in finance platforms, sensor technology, autonomous vehicles, cloud- based solutions, and analytics are paving the way for the design of a digital mine. 


  • Understanding the needsand perceptions of people both inside and outside the organization will be critical. Companies must build amore diverse workplace and address succession planning, while fostering loyalty and retention among existing employees. At the same time companies must do more outreach to local communities, governments, and consumers so they can be more transparent and receptive. 


Top Ten Trends Transforming the Future of Mining:

  1. Rethinking mining strategy - Embedding the discipline to deliver measurable value across the cycle 
  2. The frontier of analytics and artifcial intelligenceMoving up the maturity curve 
  3. Managing risk in the digital era - Exploring a new approach to controls and risk management 
  4. Digitizing the supply chain - Why innovation requires integration 
  5. Driving sustainable shared social outcomes - Finding value beyond compliance 
  6. Exploring the water-energy nexus - Making the case for a systematic approach 
  7. Decoding capital projects - Learning from past mistakes
  8. Reimagining work, workers, and the workplace - A blueprint for the future 
  9. Operationalising diversity and inclusion programs - From theory to practice 
  10. Demanding provenanceEVs and battery minerals provoke the desire for provenance 

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