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Sriwijaya University (Unsri) was formerly established on 1 April 1953 under the name "College Foundation Sjakhjakirti" starting with an Economic faculty. It was made as a public university in Palembang, Indonesia on October 29, 1960. Sriwijaya University has nine colleges: Economics, Law, Sociology and Political Science, Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, Civil, Mining, Architecture and Geological Engineering), Medicine, Agriculture, Education, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Computer Science and Public Health. Sriwijaya University has two main campuses, namely in Indralaya ( Ogan Ilir ) and in Bukit Besar ( Palembang ) and the 2 campus are served by a train service.


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Geology is the study of the Earth, the materials of which it is made, the structure  of those materials, and the processes acting upon them. It includes the study of organisms that have inhabited our planet. An important part of geology is the study of how Earth’s materials, structures, processes and organisms have changed over time. Geologists work to understand the history of our planet.

The better they can understand Earth’s history the better they can foresee how events and processes of the past might influence the future. For example:
Natural disasters such as landslides, earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions which are hazardous to people and structures can be well understood and mapped to avoid any such reoccurrence in the future.

Earth materials which people use every day like, oil that is produced from wells, metals that are produced from mines and water which is drawn from streams or underground. Geologists conduct studies to locate and produce oil, natural gas, metals, minerals and groundwater which are essential to us. Climate Change which is big concern to us today is studied by geologists to learn about the past climates of earth and how they have changed across time.

This historical geology information gathered is valuable to understand how our current climate is changing and what the results might be and what steps need to be taken. 

Geology can be a very interesting and rewarding career. Geologists work in a variety of settings. These include: natural resource companies, environmental consulting companies, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and universities. Many geologists do field work at least part of the time. Others spend their time in laboratories, classrooms or offices.

Employment opportunities for geologists are very good as long as they are willing to move to a location  where work is available. Over the next several years the number of geology job openings is expected to exceed the number of students graduating from universities.


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Mining is the extraction of valuable minerals which forms the mineralized package of economic interest to the miner. Ores recovered by mining include metals, coal, oil, gemstones, limestone, dimension stone, rock salt, potash, gravel, and clay. Mining is required to obtain any material that cannot be grown through agricultural processes, or created artificially in a laboratory or factory.

Mining in a wider sense includes extraction of any non-renewable resource such as petroleum, natural gas, or even water. Mining engineers design and make mines. Most often they work in a drawing and mine plans office, where data from drill cores and geophysical data is used to build up an accurate picture of an ore body. From the gathered data, the Mine engineer plans and organizes the mining of the ore body; they will decide how the ore body is mined (open cast, underground, stoops), where tunnels are drilled and blasted, where the crushing and ore processing machinery is sited and where the tailing ponds goes. It is a combination of a lot of other engineeringdisciplines such as civil, electrical and mechanical. You need to have an all round knowledge of many subjects. It is a huge field, some of the things that a miningengineer have to do is designing mines & mine planning (ie when to take out certain blocks of ore at certain times to optimize the value of the mine), rock mechanics (ensuring the mine won't collapse), ventilation (where people have towork and breathe, when machines cannot help), mineral economics (analyzing the trends in the market for minerals, and evaluating the potential for a mine).

The job security is very good because there are not many graduates in the field and there is a big demand for them. It is a great career with a lucrative salarydepending on the company and region you work in. If you love to travel and wantthe possibility to work anywhere in the world, it's a great choice!

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