From primary to secondary Resources

The former EMerald master program (2013-2017) was advertised as “Master in Georesources Engineering”. It was clearly targeted towards primary raw materials and came together with a motto (“innovative education in geometallurgy”) clarifying the ambition of the program to provide an excellent background in process engineering together with a good understanding of the complexity of natural resources.

With the aim of addressing the larger challenge of the circular economy, it is important to explicitly state that the program will keep the same philosophy but will now address both primary and secondary raw materials (incl. urban mining and landfill mining). The academic partners of EMerald have a clear leadership in recovering resources from end-of-life products. More importantly, there is currently no academic offer to jointly address the challenges of mineral processing and recycling.

By renaming the EMerald program into " Master in Resources Engineering", we are offering a unique blend of courses allowing students to freely move into the circular economy loop by specializing more upstream or downstream depending on their interests, motivations and capabilities.

As evidenced by the block diagram, the first year of the program aims at levelling the students and finding the right balance between resources characterization and modelling on one side and processing and management techniques on the other side (multidisciplinarity). The thematic courses offered by the two universities (ULiège and UL) are complemented by a strong program 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.

All courses offer a blend of theoretical lectures and practical works in the labs. Students often work in groups on a real case study, finding out by themselves possible processing routes for complex ores and waste materials.