RWTH wins the Reimagine Education Awards

  People testing VR-Mine Copyright: © MRE

The team from the Institute of Mineral Resources Engineering (MRE) at RWTH Aachen University took second place in the Reimagine Education Awards on Dec. 21, 2022, with its VR-Mine project.

The publishers of the World University Rankings, the Wharton School and QS Quacquarelli Symonds, annually honor the most innovative and effective approaches to teaching and learning. MRE 2022 placed second in the Immersive Experiential Learning category in the eight-month competition with entries from 77 countries.

The Reimagine Education Awards are considered the Oscars of the education sector and are aimed at schools, universities as well as education companies worldwide, among others. They serve as a platform for the global higher education sector to recognize and award outstanding educational innovations.

The MRE's VR Mine project developed an interactive virtual mine environment that simulates various situations in underground mining. The developed program will be offered throughout Europe in the field of master's degree programs in mineral resource extraction. VR-Mine originated at the Institute in 2017 and was subsequently further developed in cooperation with the Mittersill mine in Austria, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia, and the Cybernatics Lab IMA & IfU at RWTH. In teaching, the project is being used for the first time as part of the M. Sc. European Mining Course (EMC) at RWTH Aachen University; the University of Leoben has already acquired a license for the VR mine.