Euromines is dedicated to cultivating a future in which there are enough skilled professionals to meet the Europe’s mineral raw material needs as well as a population of citizens who are informed and knowledgeable about the importance of minerals and metals in their daily lives as well as their personal duty make decisions that foster economic stability, humanitarian rights and sustainable practices in Europe and across the globe. A large contributor to this future is education – both higher education that creates skilled workers and general education that creates informed citizens. 

In Europe around 20 Universities exist where mining-engineering (or related fields) can be studied (from Luleå to Madrid and from Portugal to St. Petersburg). In order to optimise and enhance the quality of education, a number of universities decided to establish a joint curriculum during the final year of their study "programmes". The industry (members of Euromines and the supply industry) support these programmes and are united in the Federation of European Mineral Programs.

Euromines is also a partner in The Briefcase of Raw Materials project. This project targets students ages 6 to 14 with an innovative learning tool that teaches kids about the role of minerals in their daily lives while challenging them to think about how the choices we make as Europeans affect mining communities, socially and environmentally, both locally and throughout the world. The aim of the project is to bring minerals and metals closer to society as a whole by educating citizens from an early age about where these resources come from and the potential ramifications that can occur when they are exploited unethically. The tools themselves are highly interactive and engaging, centering on a physical briefcase of minerals and corresponding products they are used in. A digital version of the game, the 3D Briefcase of Raw Materials, is currently available, and more exciting developments are under way. You can learn more details about the Briefcase Project at its home website.

Another way Euromines contributes to education is by participating in the EIT Raw Materials Academy, which encompasses all the education activities of the EIT Raw Materials. The Academy exists to foster understanding of the importance and relevance of mineral raw materials in society as a whole, provide training for stakeholders, current and future, concerning technical standards of the raw materials industry and cultivate innovation and entrepreneurial skills. The EIT Raw Materials Academy involves a range of programs and activities, from innovative education projects to Masters and PhD education, working to connect academia, industry and research organisations. 

Euromines is also closely cooperating with the Society of Mining Professors/Societät der Bergbaukunde which is a vibrant Society representing the global academic community and committed to make a significant contribution to the future of the minerals disciplines. The main goal of the Society is to guarantee the scientific, technical, academic and professional knowledge required to ensure a sustainable supply of minerals for mankind. The Society facilitates information exchange, research and teaching partnerships and other collaborative activities among its members.

Briefcase Project

EIT Raw Materials Academy

Federation of European Mineral Programs

Society of Mining Professors