As the Press reports, the Tai Poutini Polytechnic in New Zealand will offer new degrees in mining as a respond to the skill shortage in the country and in Australia.
Minerals West Coast manager Peter O'Sullivan said the school was an exciting initiative.
"One of the major issues that is holding back our minerals industry is the reliance on experienced professionals from offshore. We need to develop some homegrown talent and the School of Mining will facilitate this and offer clear pathways for career development."
It planned to work with other institutions in New Zealand and Australia to access degree level training, which it hoped to offer by appropriate tertiary education providers from 2014.