The increasing demand for raw materials, their price volatility, the production concentration and the market distortions imposed by some countries, confront Europe and other world regions with a number of challenges along the entire value chain. To tackle this supply risk challenge and to deal with environmental problems arising from too large emissions of waste (such as CO2), technological innovation is required with respect to exploration of new resources and sustainable primary mining, sustainable use of resources in specific products and production processes (e.g. substitution of critical metals in materials), prevention of waste generation, valorisation of secondary (alternative) resources and recovery/recycling of resources from end-of-life products.
The International Master of Science in Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management (SINReM) aims at educating a new range of professionals with a holistic overview of resource management and up-to-date processing technologies, who are familiar with sustainability concepts and possess innovative mindset to boost the economic importance of this sector.
Students will be acquainted with the different (technological) options for optimizing flows of natural resources in the different parts of the chain, ranging from resource exploration over sustainable materials use and use of resources in production processes to recovery/recycling of resources from end-of-life products. The focus is on developing ground-breaking technologies, engineering and re-inventing the value chain to make it more sustainable. Students will get a broad view of the entire value chain in its different aspects.
Networking and exchange of knowledge and experience between different nationalities, between academic and non-academic partners and between scholars and students will be promoted.
SINReM is offered by a consortium consisting of 3 Institutes of Higher Education:
Universiteit Gent / Ghent University (UGent, Ghent, Belgium);
Uppsala University (UU, Uppsala, Sweden);
TU Bergakademie Freiberg (TUFreiberg, Freiberg, Germany).
The SINReM programme is (co)financed by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology within the EIT Raw Materials programme. EIT forms unique partnerships, called Knowledge and Innovation Communities (Innovation Communities) that develop innovative products and services, start new companies, and train a new generation of entrepreneurs.
SINREM obtained an EIT label. EIT-labelled educational programmes foster students to become more creative and innovative entrepreneurs.
The three academic partners of the SINReM Consortium were specifically selected because of their expertise and ability to deliver this specific didactical sequence. The courses have been carefully reviewed and selected to minimise repetition and overlap and to build upon the previously acquired knowledge in a logical sequence. The teaching requirements and engagement of all three educational partners are balanced and on the same level.
All partners are complementary and each has specific expertise in particular aspects of the material cycle and can thus provide the necessary multidisciplinary approach to cover the complete value chain. Uppsala University brings to the table its expertise in the exploration of novel (geo-)resources, innovation management and entrepreneurship training and TU Bergakademie Freiberg its expertise in chemical raw material recovery processes and sustainable and environment-friendly extraction technologies (such as bio-hydro-metallurgical processes). Ghent University is a leading centre of knowledge in environmental technologies, biotechnology, the design and use of sustainable, environment-friendly materials and recovery of resources from waste.
The academic partners collaborate closely with non-educational partners from both the public and private sectors. Associated Partners have a structural regular commitment towards the programme, whereas the Supporting Partners are involved on an irregular basis, through ad hoc opportunities, offers or requests (e.g. providing Master Dissertation subjects, positions for Internships and guest lectures etc.).