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The SINReM Master programme educates students on finding sustainable solutions across the raw material value chain of extraction, recycling and the circular economy. Our three partner universities represent a combination of experience that makes up the full raw materials value chain.

Several industry partners were part of the formulation of the course, providing their knowledge towards the programme to deliver the educational insights for a new type of professional within the raw materials sector.

Within the SINReM Master programme, TU Bergakademie Freiberg offers its proficiency in sustainable and environmentally friendly extraction technologies, as well as raw material recovery processes at the oldest mining university in Europe.

Uppsala University provides leading expertise on environmental technologies and recovery of resources from waste. Delivering an extensive knowledge on the exploration of rare geo-resources and innovation management, with a entrepreneurial training focue within the raw materials sector.

Ghent University contributes through its leading expertise on environmental technologies. With a particular focus on biotechnology and the design of technologies for the use of sustainable materials and recovery of resources from waste.

Uppsala Universitet


Uppsala University is the Nordic region’s oldest university, founded in 1477 and ranked among the top 100 universities in the world.

Academic Facilities

Uppsala have more than 40,000 students and nearly 5,000 researchers and teachers conduct world-leading research within a wide range of courses.

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 were 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.

Universiteit Gent


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.

Academic Facilities

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 city is host to some big cultural events such as the Gentse Feesten, in Flanders Expo, the “10 Days Off” musical festival, the International Film Festival of Ghent. Also, every five years, an extensive botanical exhibition (Gentse Floraliën) takes place in Flanders Expo in Ghent.

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.

Academic Facilities

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 Frieberg 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, Frieberg 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 be complemented by a range of industrial partners focused on mining and geo-resource exploration, chemical and environmental technology, development of sustainable materials and recycling technology. These partners work closely with the organizing universities to assure the quality of the master programme, provide visiting teachers, internships and master dissertation subjects.


The world’s leading chemical group with more than 100,000 employees worldwide.


A global materials technology group, a pioneer in the recycling sector.


A high-technology tools and tooling systems engineering group in more than 150 countries.


The largest Belgian research institution active in the fields of energy, environment and materials.

Other industry and (non-)governmental organisations

Partners providing internships and input in the SINReM master programme, but otherwise have a minor role.


The world’s leading chemical group with more than 100,000 employees worldwide.


A global materials technology group, a pioneer in the recycling sector.

OVAM (Public Waste Agency of Flanders, Belgium)

A high-technology tools and tooling systems engineering group in more than 150 countries.

Associated partner univerities

Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences


Universidad de Santiago de Chile


Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral


Korea Biochar Research Center (KBRC)

South Korea

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), the Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Foshan University


The University of Queensland


University of the Witwatersrand

South Africa

Further your career today

Apply for the SINReM MSc Programme today and become a pioneer in raw materials sustainability.