Federation of European Mineral Programs


In 1996 Aalto University, Imperial College, RWTH Aachen and TU Delft took the initiative for a joint Mining Engineering curriculum, the “European Mining Course” (EMC). Students of the participating universities formed one group of 15-20 students and followed courses during an eight months period. The success of the EMC resulted in the start of a second course in September 1998, the European Mineral and Recycling Engineering Course (EMREC), including courses in mineral processing, metallurgy and recycling.

In order to ensure continuation and survival of mining and minerals engineering education programs in Europe the Federation of European Mineral Programs (FEMP) was established in 1999 with a network of 35 companies and institutions in 12 countries on 3 continents. These companies have contributed over 2 million Euros since 2001, which was used for the support of 800 students of 40 nationalities.

The goal of FEMP is to strengthen the ties between the industry, students and the academic partners by ensuring the availability of affordable high-quality educational programs. We provide outstanding international programs, developing professionals capable of shaping the future of the global mineral industry.

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Aalto University

Aalto University is a multidisciplinary research university created in 2010 from the merger of three leading universities in Finland (Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki School of Economics and University of Art and Design Helsinki). The main campus of Aalto University is located in Otaniemi, Espoo, which is a neighbouring city to the capital Helsinki.

At Aalto, there are about 20 000 degree seeking students. The students are supported by approximately 5000 staff members of which 380 are professors.

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RWTH Aachen University

Germany’s largest technical university and one of the most renowned in Europe. More than 510 professors and roughly 8,000 research and support staff are responsible for the education and research training of 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students, among which 6,400 are international students.

Teaching and research are characterised by an international, innovative and interdisciplinary approach and close links to industry

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Delft University of Technology

With more than 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 4,500 employees, Delft University of Technology is one of the largest universities in The Netherlands. The university is internationally recognized for its cutting edge research on technical subjects .

It annually awards degrees to hundreds of engineers and technologists who go on to excel in science and business. The TU Delft graduates form an extended and trusted network of alumni contacts.

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Our People

FEMP Board:

TU Delft: Dr. Mike Buxton
Aalto University: Dr. Rodrigo Serna
RWTH Aachen: Prof. Bernd Lottermoser

Coordinator: mr. John Vaassen

FEMP Advisory Counsel:

Rio Tinto: mr. Renard Chaigneau
Caterpillar: mr. Jan Peter Bekkering
Tata Steel: mr. Tako de Jong

EMMEP covers the EMC Master programme and is organised and coordinated by FEMP.

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Federation of European Mineral Programs,
c/o Department of Geosciences and Engineering
Room 3.14
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft, The Netherlands
+31 (0)15 278 50 01
companies - [email protected]
students - [email protected]