Mining and Environment

Program Presentation

Most of the raw materials used nowadays come from the subsoil. These are so important in today's economy that many countries base their economic development on the resources they possess.

Early in the last century, the growth of mining activity, unhindered by environmental protection regulations, led to indiscriminate exploitation, unmindful of the depletion of existing resources, leading to current levels of contamination nearly impossible to eliminate.

From a practical perspective, the Mining and the Environment program analyzes the problems caused by the lack of environmental awareness in mining activity, and proposes sustainable solutions that use existing rules as a basis for environmental policies.

Who is the programme for?

The Mining and the Environment program is especially designed to satisfy two different groups:

  • People without a university degree may want quality training in this field for personal gain or experience.
  • University graduates who, in addition to their current education, desire a practical specialization in the subject of mining to expand their job opportunities.

Diploma

After successfully completing the Program, the student shall receive a Diploma awarded by the University where they have enrolled with the sponsorship by the Ibero-american University Foundation (FUNIBER).

Program Structure

The estimated duration of the Mining and the Environment program is 200 hours (20 credits)1.

With regard to the distribution of time, it is established that:

  • Being a distance learning program and not subject to classes, a specific beginning date is not set, and so the student can register at any time, provided that there are spaces available.
  • or academic and learning reasons, the Program’s duration will have a minimum of three months.
  • The maximum time to complete the program is six months. During this period of time, the student should have handed in the evaluation corresponding to the subject.
  • The credit structure of the Mining and the Environment program is collected in the following table:
  CREDITSa LENGTHb HOURS
Subject 20 6 200

a. The equivalence in credits may vary according to the university that awards the degree
b. Duration in months

Objectives

General objectives:

  • To acquire the basic skills needed to function in the mining sector, either by conducting impact studies, managing its waste or implementing an environmental management system.

Specific objectives:

  • To understand the intrinsic characteristics of the mining industry and its how it is affected by economic fluctuations.
  • To acquire an idea of the stages followed in a mining process, from prospecting and exploration to mine closure and rehabilitation phase of the land.
  • To analyze the environmental impacts produced by the mining industry and create a corresponding quantification matrix
  • To lay the basis for the implementation of an Environmental Management System.
  • To understand mining legislation in specific countries.

Career Opportunities

Some of the career opportunities of Mining and the Environment are:

  • Technical-advisor in Mining and the Environment.
  • Mining prospecting.
  • Work in a laboratory in sample analysis.
  • Teaching.

Study Plan

The Mining and the Environment program is composed of one topic with five chapters, including two appendices and practical case studies related to this field.

The course allows the student to learn and comprehend, first, the theoretical, conceptual and historical principles involved in the prospection, exploration and the exploitation of mines, second, its organizational, social, and technological implications.

The objective is for the student to acquire a complete vision of Mining and the Environment from the point of view of sustainability, through related multidisciplinary topics.

The chapters that comprise the course are shown in the following table:

# CHAPTER
1 Mining as an activity, industry and business
2 Prospecting, exploration and exploitation of deposits
3 Marine mineral resources
4 Environmental impact in mining activity
5 Sanitation and/or remediation techniques of contaminated soil
6 Monitoring and environmental control technologies
7 Closing and restoration of mining operations
8 Mining and the ISO 14001
-- Case Studies

Management

  • Dr. Eduardo García Villena. Director of the Environmental Area in the International Ibero-american University (UNINI)

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dr. Ángel M. Álvarez Larena. Dr. in Geology. Prof. at the Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • Dr. Roberto M. Álvarez. Prof. of the University of Buenos Aires.
  • Dr. Óscar Arizpe Covarrubias. Prof. at the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • Dr. Isaac Azuz Adeath. Prof. at the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • Dr. David Barrera Gómez. Doctor from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia
  • Dr. Brenda Bravo Díaz. Prof. of the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico
  • Dr. Rubén Calderón Iglesias. Prof. of the European University Miguel de Cervantes
  • Dr. Leonor Calvo Galván. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Olga Capó Iturrieta. Dr. Industrial Engineering. Prof. of the Research Institute in Agropecuarias, Chile
  • Dr. Alina Celi Frugoni. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. José Cortizo Álvarez. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Antoni Creus Solé. Dr. in Industrial Engineering
  • Dr. Juan Carlos Cubría García. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Raquel Domínguez Fernández. Prof. of the University of León
  • Dr. Luís A. Dzul López. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Xavier Elías Castells. Director of the By-product Exchange of Catalonia
  • Dr. Milena E. Gómez Yepes. Dr. in Project Engineering. Prof. of the University of the Quindio, Colombia
  • Dr. Ramón Guardino Ferré. Dr. in Project Engineering. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Emilio Hernández Chiva. Dr. in Industrial Engineering. Spanish National Research Council, CSIC
  • Dr. Cristina Hidalgo González. Prof. of the University of León
  • Dr. Francisco Hidalgo Trujillo. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Víctor Jiménez Arguelles. Prof. of the Autonomous Metropolitan University. Mexico
  • Dr. Miguel Ángel López Flores. Prof. of the National Polytechnic Institute (CIIEMAD-IPN)
  • Dr. Izel Márez López. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Carlos A. Martín. Prof. of the National University of the Littoral, Argentina
  • Dr. Isabel Joaquina Niembro García. Dr. in Project Engineering. Prof. of the Monterrey Institute of Technology
  • Dr. César Ordóñez Pascua. Prof. of the University of León
  • Dr. José María Redondo Vega. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Gladys Rincón Polo. Prof. of the Simón Bolívar University, Venezuela
  • Dr. José U. Rodríguez Barboza. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Ramón San Martín Páramo. . Dr. in Industrial Engineering. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Raúl Sardinha. Prof. of the Piaget Institute, Portugal
  • Dr. Héctor Solano Lamphar. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Martha Velasco Becerra. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Alberto Vera. Prof. of the National University of Lanús, Argentina
  • Dr. Margarita González Benítez. Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain.
  • Dr. Lázaro Cremades Oliver.Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain
  • Dr. (c) Pablo Eisendecher Bertín. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Ann Rodríguez. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Kilian Tutusaus Pifarré. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Karina Vilela. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Erik Simoes. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Ms. Omar Gallardo Gallardo. Prof. of the University of Santiago in Chile
  • Ms. Susana Guzmán Rodríguez. Prof. of the Central University of Ecuador
  • Ms. Icela Márquez Rojas. Prof. of the Technological University of Panama

FUNIBER Training Scholarships

The Ibero-american University Foundation (FUNIBER) periodically delivers an economic baseline with extraordinary character for scholarships in FUNIBER Training.

To apply for it, you only need to send your application for a scholarship on the website’s main page with the required data, and the evaluation committee will examine the suitability of your candidature to be granted economic aid, in the form of a scholarship in FUNIBER Training.