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School benefits from focus

BASING its mining economics program on the gold industry has paid off for Kalgoorlie-based Western Australian School of Mines.

Now in its eighth year, the WASM’s Masters program in Mineral Economics has been growing in appeal to a wider range of industry professionals.

Program coordinator Professor Philip Maxwell believes the change is a fitting recognition of the international reputation of the school.

“In Mineral Economics we have built on the original contribution of gold mining company Metana Minerals,” he said.

“A continuing and concerted commitment to program quality has placed us in a good position to enhance our reputation.”

An important feature of the Mineral Economics model of operation is that it uses a wide range of prominent outside lecturers to complement the skills of resident staff.

During the first session for 2000 this group included Professor Mike Rieber from the University of Arizona.

“We face a number of interesting challenges,” said Professor Maxwell.

“One possibility is that we might run our course in either interstate or offshore locations.

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