Universities collaborates for Sustainable Energy Development
A new project called the “Ukrainian-Norwegian Collaboration on Higher Education for Sustainable Energy Development” has recently been launched. This is a collaboration between Telemark University College of Norway and the National Technical University in Ukraine. The project is part of the Eurasia program organized by SIU - The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Higher Education.
SIU is a public Norwegian agency that promotes international cooperation in education and research.
Energy is both an important and a limited resource in modern society, and high priority must be given to educate engineers and scientists to develop sustainable energy systems for the future. Some key objectives for sustainable energy development are:
(i) to make sufficient power available with a minimal impact on the environment
(ii) to make power production, distribution and use efficient, robust and safe
(iii) to enable the various regions to contribute with their given energy resources
(iv) to give the various regions access to power.
To succeed in the global challenge of sustainable energy development, it is thus necessary to take a systems approach to production, distribution, operation and use.
The aim of the project is to develop a common and international platform for educational development within Sustainable Energy Development. This is facilitated by institutional collaboration and scholarships for the exchange of students and staff. Seminars, curriculum development, industrial cooperation and benchmarking are important activities, and web technology is important to make it economically feasible at a low energy cost. Key academic topics in the project will be energy efficiency, sustainable energy sources such as RES, smart grid technologies and distribution system such as EcoSmart Buildings and Cities, modeling and simulation of energy systems and energy operation/management, etc.
Other objectives of the project are: to develop multidisciplinary courses taught in English based on project based learning, to implement student exchange programs, to develop teachers skills and new teaching methods, to increase the interaction with government, industry, non-governmental organizations and local communities, and to increase beneficial regional and international links between Ukraine and Norway.
Through the project workshops and seminars for students and staff will be held; the first will be organized in Kiev in May and the next in Telemark in October. In addition to seminars, exchange of students and academic staff will take place.