The International Master of Science in Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management (SINReM) educates students to develop sustainable solutions across the entire raw materials value chain. From resource exploration to sustainable extraction processes and the development of more sustainable materials and recycling, students are taught to find new solutions that work towards the achievement of a circular economy.
Our three partner universities bring together a combination of expertise that makes up the entire raw materials value chain. We maintain close links with industry partners, delivering their insights for the development of a new type of professional that has a mission to bring more sustainability into the raw materials sector.
Uppsala University delivers extensive knowledge on the exploration of rare georesources. It also focuses on innovation management and entrepreneurship training. TU Bergakademie Freiberg offers its proficiency in sustainable and environmentally friendly extraction technologies. Ghent University contributes through its leading expertise in the circular economy, environmental science and technology, recovery of resources from waste, and sustainability assessment.
Ghent University is a public research university located in Ghent, Belgium and was established in 1817 by King William I of the Netherlands. Ghent University is within the world top 100 universities and is one of the major universities in Belgium. They are a socially committed and pluralistic university that is open to all students, regardless of their ideological, political, cultural or social background.
Ghent University is one of the biggest Flemish universities, consisting of 41,000 students and 9,000 staff members. The university also supports the university library and the university hospital, which is one of the largest hospitals in Belgium. It is one of the greatest beneficiaries of funding from the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO).
Ghent city’s medieval architecture remains intact and is remarkably well preserved and restored. The city has numerous parks, most notably, Ghent boasts a nature reserve (Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen, 230 hectare) and a recreation park (Blaarmeersen, 87 hectares). The vibrant city is host to some big cultural events such as the Gentse Feesten during summer, the Light Festival during winter, the International Film Festival of Ghent. Also, every five years, an extensive botanical exhibition (Gentse Floraliën) takes place in Ghent.
Uppsala University is the Nordic region’s oldest university, founded in 1477 and ranked among the top 100 universities in the world.
Uppsala University has more than 40,000 students and nearly 5,000 researchers and teachers conduct world-leading research within a wide range of disciplines.
Among the university’s alumni there are 15 Nobel prize laureates, of which 8 received their prizes for discoveries made during their time at Uppsala University. Carl Linnaeus, Anders Celsius and Olof Rudbeck the Elder are a few examples of prominent scientists of Uppsala University’s history.
Uppsala municipality is also 2018’s global winner in WWF’s international One Planet City Challenge! Uppsala wase rewarded thanks to the cross-sector sustainability interventions and a strong focus on sustainable mobility solutions. They developed their research environment of the highest international class, building on global collaboration and connections. Uppsala University will provide you with the powerful tools you need to conduct cutting-edge research.
Uppsala is Sweden’s fourth largest city and one of its oldest. Ever since the Viking Age it has been an important cultural centre. Uppsala is a rapidly growing city and is becoming increasingly integrated with the wider Stockholm region, Sweden’s most dynamic growth region. At the same time, Uppsala has kept many of its small-town characteristics. Offerings are myriad, but everything is close by – often within convenient cycling distance. The compact city centre with the cathedral, the river Fyris, and several small squares, parks, cafés, restaurants, and historic buildings lend the city its character.
TU Bergakademie Freiberg
TU Bergakademie Freiberg is the oldest mining university in the world. After being founded in 1765, within a few decades it became known globally as the leading higher education institution for mining and metallurgy.
The famous scientist Alexander von Humboldt, the great Romantic poet Novalis, the discoverers of the elements germanium and indium, as well as numerous other historical personalities have studied and worked in Freiberg.
TU Bergakademie Freiberg is a campus university, meaning almost all parts of the university between the halls of residence, the teaching and research buildings, the library, canteen, administration buildings and so on can be reached comfortably on foot. Studies do not merely involve studying – to study also means to live. In keeping with this motto, in Freiberg you will find events that take place in addition to regular lectures, that may be of interest to you. From a professional or personal point of view, Freiberg has associations and clubs which you may wish to attend and sports activities offered by the university. There are also many other interesting places and events in the area and within the region, whether your interests are in cultural performances, sports activities or are of a scientific nature.
Freiberg’s old picturesque romanesque 16th century town with cobbled streets and beautiful old patrician houses takes its visitors back to another time. The skyline of the city is dominated by the late gothic Freiberg cathedral with its famous two “Silbermann” organs which were built in the 18th century by Gottfried Silbermann and are made of pure silver.
The rural countryside around Freiberg with its hills and forests dotted with ancient castles is a perfect backdrop for hiking and other sports activities. Both in the city and in neighbouring towns, there are indoor and outdoor swimming pools and lakes as well as hiking and cycling trails. Close by is the world-famous ”Saxon Switzerland” (Sächsische Schweiz), a paradise for rock-climbers and hikers.
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Industry and (non-)governmental organisations
The SINReM consortium is complemented by a range of industrial partners that are focused on mining and geo-resource exploration, chemical and environmental technology and development of sustainable materials and recycling technology. These partners work closely with the organising universities to assure the quality of the master programme, provide visiting lecturers, internships and master dissertation subjects.
Other industry and (non-)governmental organisations
Partners providing internships and co-supervising master dissertation research in the SINReM master programme.
Associated partner universities
Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Universidad de Santiago de Chile
Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral
Korea Biochar Research Center (KBRC)
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
The University of Queensland
University of the Witwatersrand