EMerald students’ reception at LTU
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Welcome to Cohort 6 – New EMerald students’ reception at LTU

Published: 10 September 2019

On Wednesday, 4th September, the new cohort of international students in the programme EMerald – Master in Georesource Engineering has been officially welcomed by our Head of Department Charlotta Johansson, together with several teachers from Mineral Processing and Ore Geology.

The lunch meeting involved a presentation of LTU and CENE given by Charlotta, an information on ongoing research activities in this area by Jan Rosenkranz and Yousef Ghorbani as well as Luleå practicalities. The cohort 6 comprises nine students from seven different countries who will stay at LTU for their third study term and partly for the master thesis project during next spring. We wish all students an interesting and successful time at our department!

About EMerald: The EMerald Master programme was created to answer the urgent need expressed by the European Union to create a resource-efficient Europe. As the EU recognised the importance of mineral and metal resources in our modern economy, it also realised that the raw materials industries are facing a critical skills shortage. The EMerald Master programme aims to train a new generation of engineers with an entrepreneurial mindset and a global vision of the value chain, putting the extraction of mineral and metal resources at the beginning of a circle and ending with collecting end-of-life products and recovering valuable materials out of the urban mines (circular economy). Therefore, the master programme focuses on two aspects:

  • Bridging the gap between geological exploration and mineral processing by offering innovative education in geometallurgy
  • Helping to close the loop in a resource-efficient way by forming professionals who know the processing challenges and the need to meet targets in terms of recyclability

EMerald has been launched in 2013 and is organised by four universities, Université Liège (Belgium), Université de Lorraine (Nancy, France), Luleå University of Technology and Technical University BA Freiberg (Germany). The first and second term of the programme aims to harmonise the students’ knowledge and help them to find the right balance between resources characterisation and modelling, and processing and management techniques (multidisciplinarity). The thematic courses offered by Liège and Nancy are complemented by a strong programme to develop transversal skills. Industry experts and invited scholars bring in key contributions on corporate social responsibility, economics, lifecycle analysis and other essential aspects of modern sustainable engineering operations. The third term offers students the option to specialise more in upstream processing at LTU (primary resources) or downstream processing at TUBAF (secondary resources). The final semester can be spent in any of the aforementioned institutions depending on the thesis specialisation.

At LTU, the students attend courses such as Geometallurgy, Mineral processing Mining Geology, Senior Design Project, Simulation of Mineral processing, and also participate in the one-week field trip as part of Geometallurgy course. This year, the field trip which will be in week 40 involving visits of Swedish and Finnish mines and mining projects in the Nordic. The full catalogue of courses is available on the EMerald website:

Yousef Ghorbani

Ghorbani, Yousef - Associate Professor

Organisation: Mineral Processing, Minerals and Metallurgical Engineering, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Phone: +46 (0)920 493422
Room: F1406 - Luleå»
Jan Rosenkranz

Rosenkranz, Jan - Professor and Head of Subject, Chaired Professor

Organisation: Mineral Processing, Minerals and Metallurgical Engineering, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Phone: +46 (0)920 492183
Room: F1416 - Luleå»