Bringing the Entrepreneurial Mindset into Mining Engineering Education
Journal article, 2022

There has been an ongoing debate on how to transform engineering education to better prepare students for today`s professional world that is characterized by increasingly complex problems and challenges that engineers are tasked with upon entering the industry. Within the conceive–design–implement–operate (CDIO) framework, entrepreneurship education presents a valuable pedagogical approach to foster the necessary skills of the students through integrated, hands-on, active learning experiences. While numerous publications have addressed possibilities of how experiential, problem-based, project-based and active learning can be integrated into engineering curriculum, there has been hardly any attention on mining engineering with respect to adopting this approach. This paper will address the possibilities of integrating entrepreneurship education into mining engineering programs in particular. This paper will enhance and foster discussion among academics from mining engineering on how to integrate elements of entrepreneurship education on a course, program and departmental level to infuse value creation experiences across the curriculum.

Learning Factory Mining


Mining engineering

Engineering education

Entrepreneurial education


Aarti Sörensen

RWTH Aachen University

Rudrajit Mitra

RWTH Aachen University

Erik Hulthén

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Product Development

Tobias Hartmann

RWTH Aachen University

Elisabeth Clausen

RWTH Aachen University

Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration

25243462 (ISSN) 25243470 (eISSN)

Vol. 39 1333-1344

Implementing CDIO in Raw Materials Sector (CDIO2)

EIT RawMaterials (17165), 2018-01-01 -- 2020-06-30.

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