The idea of making Laurentian University the “Harvard of mining education” in Ontario continues to spark interest. Dr. Pierre Mousset-Jones of the department of mining engineering at the University of Nevada Reno, weighed in with this:
“You should ask the mining students enrolled in the somewhat consolidated programs in Australia — New South Wales, Queensland, Curtin and now Adelaide. They teach the same course in all the schools, and each school is responsible for developing a particular course.
“There are pros and cons to this approach. It reduces diversity of ideas and approaches, and it can be more efficient. I have heard from students that the packaged course taught at a university which did not develop the course is often taught by faculty inexperienced in the topic,” he continued.
“Consolidating may not be the best idea, but sharing faculty expertise between schools makes good sense. This requires co-operative university administrations who often are quite parochial and unwilling to share resources.”