Partner Universities and Institutes

Montanuniversitaet Leoben (MUL), Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (TU BAF) and mobility partner Trinity College Dublin (TCD): 

ADMIRED LAB is based on the existing joint study programme Advanced Mineral Resources Development (AMRD) which was jointly initiated by Montanuniversitaet Leoben and TU Bergakademie Freiberg in 2014.

The programme was developed under the umbrella of a new consciousness that had evolved in the academic landscape concerning environmental sustainability in the mining industry. The aim was and still is the transmission of knowledge and competence in developing sustainable and environmentally friendly methods in mining and mine remediation under economic considerations. MUL and TU BAF share a history of collaboration which is why a joint master was thought to strengthen this relationship.There are two other partner universities that support the AMRD programme with the same topics and which students can choose to complete a semester at during the course of the programme. These partners do not offer content specific courses but are complimentary to the environmental and economic themes.

Recently the notion of social impact has become a very prominent topic. MUL and TU BAF have therefore decided to expand the AMRD programme to implement this important topic and to deal with relevant content themes such as, for instance, more industry proximity and social impact of mining. The perfect partner for this was Trinity College Dublin who is not only concerned with the social impact of mining but also has an extensive background in innovation and entrepreneurship. Together with the local partner Inteco and the international partner Sandvik practical experience can also be provided to students that emerges them into the industrial context already during their studies. In this way the idea for the new programme ADMIRED LAB was born.


Montanuniversitaet Leoben

European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

Montanuniversitaet Leoben is a partner institution of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT):
EIT RawMaterials with its headquarters in Berlin develops raw materials into a major strength for Europe by boosting competitiveness and the attractiveness of the raw materials sector.


Study programmes at Master level can be labelled by EIT.
EIT labelled programmes foster students to become more creative, innovative entrepreneurs. The four EIT criteria are:

Robust entrepreneurship education
Highly integrated, innovative, "learning-by-doing" curriculum
International and cross-organisational mobility, the European dimension and openness to the world
Access policy and joint outreach strategy

The EIT label application for the ADMIRED LAB programme is currently in progress.


Industrial Partners

Industrial Partners

The close collaboration with the industrial partners Inteco Melting and Casting Technologies and Sandvik Mining Systems allows to equip students with applied knowledge right from the start. For example, Sandvik and Inteco partners were involved in the design of the curriculum which comprises the overall curriculum design with respect to high employability rate and the overall design of course contents with respect to the needs of the mining and metallurgical industry. Sandvik and Inteco senior management will hold guest lectures addressing the technical development of mining equipment with a focus on automation (Sandvik) and new technologies for efficient steel production (Inteco). In addition to the specific contribution to the curriculum, both Sandvik and Inteco offer students industrial projects for the preparation of their Master thesis and organise technical site visits (excursions) for students.


Inteco Melting and Casting Technologies is a supplier and partner to the steel and general melting industry since 1973. INTECO is until today the only single source supplier worldwide who offers and has already put into operation all production processes for the liquid treatment of steel, ferroalloys and super alloys such as… melting, refining, casting, special melting & remelting, automation & level 2 systems, and consulting services.


Sandvik Mining Systems

Sandvik Mining Systems is a high-tech and global engineering Group with about 43,000 employees with a strong commitment to enhancing customer productivity, profitability and safety. Sandvik’s operations are based on unique expertise in materials technology, extensive knowledge about industrial processes and close customer cooperation. This combination, coupled with continuous investments in research and development (R&D), has enabled Sandvik to achieve world-leading positions in the following areas: tools and tooling systems for industrial metal cutting, equipment and tools, service and technical solutions for the mining and construction industries, and advanced stainless steels and special alloys as well as products for industrial heating.