University of Oulu

Merging the plant and the classroom with AVEVA and Schneider Electric

University of Oulu

Oulu, Finland – In today’s high-tech world, the ancient industry of mining is more important than ever. Modern electronic devices can have more than 35 different minerals in them. Those same electronic devices often leave students disconnected from the practical world around them. The Oulu Mining School within the University of Oulu seeks to connect students with the practical application of mineral processing to support the ongoing revival of the Finnish mining industry.

 

Goals

  • Launch students into the mining world fully equipped
  • Support the advancement of teaching
  • Transform classroom time to link theory to practice

Challenges

  • Students entering the real world were not familiar with the practical part of the mining process

Results

  • Access to real world tools from AVEVA and Schneider Electric
  • The pilot plant uses the same processes as a fullscale plant
  • Students are prepared to innovate in a real working environment

"The collaboration with Schneider and AVEVA is extremely important for us. We’ve had visiting lecturers so that our students will learn from the expert, not just from us."

– Professor Saija Luukkanen, Head of Oulu Mining School

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