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New Ranking of the World’s Top Mining Engineering Schools

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Discover the top mineral and mining engineering schools based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020.

Among six new tables added to the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2016 is a new ranking of the world’s top universities for mineral and mining engineering. This new ranking of top mining engineering schools is led by three US-based institutions: Colorado School of Mines, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject assesses the world’s leading institutions in a broad spectrum of academic areas, drawing on major global surveys of academics and employers, alongside research citations data.

This first edition of the mineral and mining engineering ranking highlights the world’s top 100 mining engineering schools, spread across 26 different countries. US institutions account for almost a quarter (24) of these top 100 mining engineering departments, while the UK and Australia each have nine representatives, closely followed by Canada with eight entries.

Top 10 Mining Engineering Schools in 2016

Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016



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Just outside of the top 10, Canada’s top mining engineering schools are claimed by McGill University (13th) and the University of British Columbia (14th). The top 20 also features China’s Peking University (17th), and Chile’s Universidad de Chile (18th).

Other countries with at least one representative in the top 50 include France, Singapore, Germany, Russia, the Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Taiwan – a truly global spread of leading mining schools.

Published annually, the QS World University Rankings by Subject aims to help prospective students identify high-performing and highly reputed institutions in their chosen field. In response to growing demand for these subject-level comparisons, QS is working to add more subjects to the list each year. Within the engineering and technology sector, the new mining ranking joins existing tables dedicated to chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.

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Written by Laura Bridgestock
The former editor of TopUniversities.com, Laura oversaw the site's editorial content and student forums. She also edited the QS Top Grad School Guide and contributed to market research reports, including 'How Do Students Use Rankings?'

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Out of 1st 10 universities only Colorado School of Mines and University of Queensland (UQ) offers Mining engineering degree, Need explanation, how this rank has been done?

Hi Shakil. The ranking also included universities with related programs, which mining engineering employers would recruit from. This was the first edition of our mining engineering ranking, and we're currently taking on feedback ahead of the next edition - many thanks for sharing yours.

well that's a little silly, don't ya think? mining companies could employ chemical, civil, mechanical, or industrial engineers to do any number of things. unless you have actual numbers showing that mining companies higher from these schools, then your list is just useless. any of the engineering disciplines I named could do parts of a mining engineering job, but there are jobs that only a mining engineer could do. I highly doubt that there is a high number of MIT grads working in mining.