Some of us have a real passion for learning, traveling and for making the world a better place to live. And for those people, I dedicate this article. If you are someone who really cares about the environment and finding sustainable solutions to Climate Change through clean energy technology, then this article is for you. By advancing your knowledge around these issues you will accomplish all that you set out to do, because you hold the ambition, drive and strength to succeed in a highly competitive energy industry. Obtaining a Masters or Doctorate degree in the energy field will not only enhance your ability to do great things, but also allow you the chance to meet other global leaders in the industry and engage with other students on a campus who possess the same level of motivation as you. These are the 10 most unique places in the world to study renewable energy.
1. Netherlands: University of Twente (UT)
UT distinguishes themselves from other European universities by the impact created from the companies created by their students and has become known as the most entrepreneurial university in the nation. The University of Twente is home to 10,000 students and 3,200 employees. The UT mostly focuses its research on technical developments that are important to society. Twente has a strong international focus and their population is comprised of more than 3,000 international students. UT is a partner of the European network of innovative universities and its Masters programs have international character. Coursework language at UT is mostly in English. Students can choose to focus their graduate education on programs like the Masters of Environmental and Energy Management or Master of Science (MSc) in Sustainable Energy Technology.
2. Iceland: Reykjavik University (RU)
Reykjavik University (RU) is Iceland´s largest private university and represents a dynamic international university with over 3,000 students, offering a first rate education in one of the most unique countries in the world. The University is committed to academic excellence and is renowned for its outstanding teaching and unique relations with Icelandic industries and public institutions. RU is comprised of four schools: the School of Business, School of Computer Science, School of Law, and the School of Science and Engineering, where you might decide to study as a Master of Science (MSc) in Sustainable Energy or Master of Science (MSc) in Sustainable Energy Engineering graduate student. RU is renowned for its programs in the field of Sustainable Energy at the Iceland School of Energy (ISE), which are offered in collaboration with industry experts in Iceland.
3. Norway: Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
NTNU specializes in technology and the natural sciences, offering graduate level programs in the following areas: Master of Science in Hydropower Development, Master of Science in Electric Power Engineering, Master of Science in Sustainable Energy and Master of Science in Sustainable Architecture. What make studying in Norway particularly unique, is the country’s position in terms of energy resources. Hydro power is the main source of electric energy. There is also a potential for large scale wind and wave power along the coast. Some of this potential is now being utilized and has resulted in Norway gaining a leading position within certain fields of electric power engineering, such as utilization of hydro power and other renewables, deregulated power markets, and offshore and maritime electrical installations. Most importantly, NTNU works on how to produce energy which can be used by man and machine in a sustainable way, taking into consideration health, climate changes and available resources, making it a great place to advance your learning!
4. Portugal: University of Coimbra
Studying and living in Coimbra is an exciting and enriching experience, offering program degrees like the Master of Energy of Sustainability. Coimbra is a district capital, the largest city of Portugal Mainland region with around 150,000 inhabitants. The University of Coimbra is a leading education and research institution in Portugal. The quality of the teaching and research carried out at its eight Faculties and the contributions it makes to the advancement of science are widely recognized in Portugal and abroad. Studying at a University and living in a city classified as World Heritage by UNESCO is a unique experience that combines innovative and rigorous education, centuries-old traditions and intense multicultural interaction.
5. South Africa: University of Cape Town (UCT)
UCT is also renowned for its striking beauty, with its campus located at the foot of Table Mountain's Devil's Peak. UCT is very similar to the city of Cape Town: it has a vibrant, cosmopolitan community. It is a cultural melting pot where each person contributes their unique blend of knowledge and thinking. Staff and students come from over 100 countries in Africa and the rest of the world. The university has also built links, partnerships and exchange agreements with leading African and international institutions that further enrich the academic, social and cultural diversity of our campus. The Energy Research Centre (ERC) is a multi-disciplinary energy research centre that conducts high quality, targeted and relevant research as well as offering postgraduate opportunities like the Master of Science (MSc) in Sustainable Energy Engineering and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Energy and Developmental Studies.
6. New Zealand: University of Auckland
Founded in 1883, Auckland is the country’s largest university with over 40,000 students, nearly 10,000 of whom graduate annually. The main campus is in the heart of Auckland city. The University of Auckland’s main City Campus is located in the heart of Auckland, with a rich harbor setting holdinh magnificent beaches and verdant bush making it a great place to study and work. It has a diverse international community. The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s pre-eminent research-led institution and provides international graduate programs such as the Master of Energy or Postgraduate Certificate in Geothermal Energy Technology.
7. Greece: International Hellenic University (IHU)
The International Hellenic University (IHU) was newly established in 2005 and is and is located in Thessaloniki, Greece. The city of Thessaloniki is the second largest in Greece and has an uninterrupted history of 2,300 years and is famous for its lively streets, vibrant night life and cultural signature. The University specializes in offering postgraduate programs aimed at international students interested in studying in Greece but also at Greek students seeking an international outlook. The University comprised of three Schools: the School of Economics, Business Administration & Legal Studies, the School of Humanities and the School of Science & Technology, where students can study with the Master of Science (MSc) in Energy Systems program.
8. Sweden: Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
KTH contributes to sustainable development by providing educational programs such as the Master of Sustainable Energy Engineering, Master of Chemical Engineering for Energy and the Environment, and Master of Sustainable Technology through which students conduct research and interact with the surrounding community. KTH also impacts the environment in practical terms through the consumption of materials and water, energy and chemicals, travel and transport and construction, and indirectly, through purchasing and procurement. KTH has won the International Sustainable Campus Excellence Award for its campus plans. The plans outline the direction in which the campus will be developed over the next four to five years – the focus being on sustainability and on creating a vibrant campus.
9. Germany: University of Oldenburg
The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg was founded in 1973, making it one of Germany‘s youngest universities. Its goal is to find answers to major challenges faced by society in the 21st century – through interdisciplinary, cutting-edge research. The University‘s academic staff and administrative staff work closely together using interdisciplinary approaches. Many students are integrated into special research areas, such as the Master of Science (MSc) in Renewable Energy program, which is specially designed for graduate students interested in the study abroad experience.
10. Australia: Murdoch University
Murdoch University in Perth, Australia has more than 22,000 students and 2,000 staff that come from 90 different countries with a desire to use their imaginations and ultimately make a difference. Murdoch University embraces free thinking and encourages the Murdoch community to share ideas, pool knowledge and find new ways of thinking. This is a very progressive approach to the educational model versus the typical competetive approach to learning in some of the U.S. schools. Murdoch University has been recognized across Australia for excellent teaching and ground-breaking research. Murdoch offers 5 international graduate programs with a general renewable energy focus: Graduate Diplomas in Energy and the Environment, Energy and the Environment, Energy Studies, Environmental Assessment & Management as well as a Masters of Engineering.
There are so many choices for students to advance their degree around Climate Change and renewable energy issues and these international universities are just the tip of the iceberg. If you have a passion for learning and energy, continue your studies abroad. Pick up some new sustainability methods in a different country and try getting them implemented in your home neighborhood. Go out there and make something awesome of yourself and follow your dreams. There is no limit to what you can achieve! Many thanks to the International Renewable Energy Agency for creating an incredibly useful database for students to build on their renewable energy education and inevitably become environmental leaders of the future. Continue your search for graduate universities and your passion for clean energy by using this database. Keep striving.