During 2011, Glencore Coal and three of Australia's leading Universities - University of Queensland, University of Western Australia and University of Newcastle - established the International Energy Centre (IEC). The IEC will progressively build a global network of universities, industry and students to proactively engage in a dialogue on energy and climate change issues. Together we are working towards the IEC becoming a transparent, credible and multidisciplinary knowledge platform that allows a range of stakeholders from different backgrounds to interact and discuss climate change and energy issues.

The IEC will, starting in 2012, offer a masters degree in energy studies with specialisations that include: carbon management; low carbon solutions; sustainable cities: and energy and resource policy. The masters course has been created and designed by a group of experts from academia and industry and is distinguished by the active involvement of industry leading experts in teaching the courses and by students learning through a range of industry case studies. In addition participants are required throughout the duration of the course to take part in a professional industry project, which involves developing relationships with industry partners.

In addition, a number of short courses are available that cover the following topics:

  • Energy and technology Principles
  • Fundamentals of climate change
  • Transitioning to a Low carbon economy
  • Low Emission Technology and Supply Systems
  • Economics and Finance of Carbon Management
  • Energy Options for the Low carbon economy
  • Power Generation technologies
  • Mitigation Responses
  • Applied Carbon Methods

In 2011, the IEC, in cooperation with Monash University in South Africa, successfully hosted a Carbon Management Executive Training Course in Johannesburg and a Real Time Carbon Trading Simulation Course in Durban to coincide with the UNFCCC COP 17 meeting in Durban, South Africa.

In the future, the IEC will facilitate applied research programmes.

As the Foundation Corporate Member of IEC, Glencore Coal has provided up to 18 scholarships for participants in the masters course in energy studies.

Further information: http://www.emi.uwa.edu.au/education/international-energy-centre-iec