THE University of Newcastle has launched its first doctoral training centre.
The Doctoral Training Centre, announced on Monday, will focus on supporting the mining equipment, technology and services sector (METS).
Dubbed the Advanced METS Doctoral Training Centre, senior deputy vice-chancellor (research and innovation) Professor Kevin Hall said the centre would be aimed at delivering innovation.
“While the METS sector continues to play a key role as a sector of national significance, there are emerging skills and technology challenges,” Professor Hall said.
“The aim of the DTC is to enhance the success of the sector by building a collaborative research platform with academia.
“Through this doctoral training centre, the University of Newcastle is committed to engaging industry with our researchers and businesses to deliversolutions to real industry challenges.”
The university said the centre will focus on interdisciplinary PhD candidates united around a common research theme, with a high level of industry engagement.
Dean of graduate research Professor Lucy Johnston, said that approach would give students a greater breadth and depth of knowledge and expertise.
“The opportunity to engage with peak industry bodies will enable the research students to receive supervision and mentorship from experienced METS industry engineers as well as their academic supervisors,” Professor Johnston said.
“They will develop highly transferrable skills, enhancing their global mobility, social responsibility and employability.”