Student mobility within Europe is an integral part of the 2-year programme (120 ECTS). In the first semester in Ghent, the second semester in Uppsala, and during the field trip and Summer School in Freiberg, students are introduced to the value chain, management of natural resources, the circular economy, its economic, policy and legal aspects, inventory techniques, the clean technology concept and life cycle assessment tools to assess sustainability of products, services and processes. In the second year, students choose a major: geo-resource exploration (Uppsala), sustainable processes (Freiberg) or sustainable materials and resource recovery (Ghent), containing (elective) courses in combination with master’s dissertation research. They interact with the professional sector through cooperation in thesis research, internships, lectures and seminars. SINReM also provides complementary skills training in innovation management, entrepreneurship, and business case development.
The master’s dissertation is a requirement for every candidate to obtain a master’s degree. The master’s dissertation is an original piece of research work. It aims to develop and strengthen the research capacity skills of the students. The student selects a topic and is given guidance by a promoter or supervisor. The master’s dissertation consists of a literature review part, a theoretical reflection and an original analysis of the topic. Dissertation research in SINReM is conducted at one of the partner institutes or with one of the associate (industrial) partners.
The limited availability of raw materials, together with worldwide phenomena such as fossil depletion and climate change has urged Europe and other world regions to develop sustainable resource management strategies. However, this challenge can also be transformed into an economic opportunity, by for example re-invigorating the mining industry in a sustainable way and stimulating the recycling industry. This requires a shift in economic and business models but also in the education and training of the professionals who will be developing these models. There is a clearly identified need for professionals with a holistic overview on resource management and up-to-date processing technologies, who are familiar with sustainability concepts and possess an innovative mind-set to boost the economic importance of this sector. These new professionals are educated by SINReM.