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The Department of Mining Engineering was created in 1970 as a result of an agreement between the British government (University of Wales, Cardiff) and the Peruvian Government (Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru). The Rector at the time, S. J. Philip Mc Gregor had the invaluable support of Alberto Benavides de la Quintana and numerous professionals of mining companies interested in developing Mining Engineering program.

From the beginning, due to well-equipped laboratories and leading instructors, the Department of Mining Engineering Section developed applied research activities in the fields of mining, metallurgy and geology.

Moreover, in recent years, the university has promoted the modernization of laboratories and as a result, today our program is at the forefront in the country, training professionals according to the new demands of the mining industry.

Academic Staff:

The Department of Mining Engineering Section has full time and part time degree-qualified instructors, who have distinguished careers in the mining sector. Their experience enables education of mining engineers according to industry needs. It is important to mention that our instructors hold postgraduate qualifications from prestigious universities and institutions abroad, giving our program an international status.

Why study Mining Engineering at PUCP?

  • PUCP is considered the Number 1 university in Peru for academic excellence since appearing as Number 23 in the “Latin QS University Ranking – 2013” of the 250 best universities in Latin America.
  • The Department of Mining Engineering enjoys international prestige in the academic mining world. PUCP has presence in the Iberoamerican Association for Higher Mining Training, the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration and the Society of Economic Geologists and other major institutions.
  • PUCP has 44 years of experience in the education of Mining Engineers, and has a prestigious faculty with experience in industry and graduate degrees in their respective areas of expertise from Brazil, Belgium, Germany, United Kingdom, and United States of America, amongst others.
  • PUCP has modern laboratories for practical training in mineralogy and mineral characterization, drilling and blasting of rocks, including equipment simulators, rock mechanics, mine ventilation, mine safety, mineral concentration, extractive metallurgy, and a complete library on mining issues and an advanced computer lab with leading design software and modeling of mines.
  • ABET accreditation is currently underway.
  • Teaching and learning is based on innovative techniques such as problem-based learning, case studies, group presentations, and participation in discussion forums, reading specialist indexed journals, and other fieldwork.
  • PUCP has a complete collection of technical videos on mining and open access to databases as EduMine.
  • Visits to mines in Peru and abroad, participation in national and international mining events, membership in professional associations and academics as SME and ISEE Student Chapters and pre-professional practices in the industry are encouraged. PUCP also provides access to university social responsibility projects with artisanal miners.
  • PUCP maintains agreements with institutions, mining companies and suppliers that provide scholarships and offer temporary employment. There are student exchange agreements with prestigious schools of Mines in Australia, Europe, Latin America and the United State, for which funding support from international companies and institutions is available.
  • Employment rates for graduate mining engineers is almost 100%. A significant number of graduates find their first employment abroad. A system of early recruitment with a select group of companies within the GEME (Globally Employable Mining Engineer) program with Colorado School of Mines (USA.) and Pontifical Catholic University of Chile is available.
  • The Department of Mining Engineering is located in a modern campus offering various extracurricular activities in a multidisciplinary environment in which Catholics and ethical values are highlighted. It has a close contact with industry and especially with alumni, many of whom hold prominent positions in the industry, and support the program generously with their time.

Laboratories & Facilities

  • Chemical Analysis Laboratory
  • Laboratory of Electrochemistry
  • Environmental Laboratory
  • Hydrometallurgy Laboratory
  • Geology Laboratory
  • Laboratory of Pyrometallurgy
  • Rock Mechanics Laboratory
  • Mining Computer Laboratory
  • Laboratory of Mineralurgy

Mining and simulation software

  • Drilling Simulator
  • Rocsciense
  • Wheel Loader Simulator
  • JK SimMet
  • Studio 3 (DATAMINE)
  • Limn: The Flowsheet Processor
  • MineSight


The mining engineering curriculum is devised to facilitate the widest employability of PUCP graduates. The curriculum is based on basic engineering sciences, mining, geology and environmental issues and the application of these issues to design and operate mines to address the challenges of the contemporary market.