UNI-SET reports published

The UNI-SET consortium has published two new reports based on the different activities on the project. They are the results of the UNI-SET activities since 2014 including the UNI-SET Universities Survey, the UNI-SET Energy Clustering Events and the many expert consultations organised by the project.

In the Action Agenda, UNI-SET calls for the mobilisation of universities that have or are developing energy-related education and training programmes. The need for clean, sustainable and cheaper energy represents one of Europe’s greatest challenges and universities are central in finding solutions.

The Action Agenda promotes innovative education and research activities in the field and seeks to support the ambitions of many universities across Europe to strengthen their existing initiatives. It lists concrete examples and suggestions for education programmes in the fields of energy systems and smart grids, renewables integration, and energy efficiency. It also presents ideas for interdisciplinary education in energy, as social sciences and humanities are crucial, together with science and technology, in addressing such a complex and multi-layered challenge.

“Providing a reliable supply of clean and affordable energy raises complex social, political, economic and technical issues that must be addressed in unison,” explains Torbjørn Digernes, Chair of the UNI-SET Steering Committee. “Universities have a critical role to play in making that happen.”

Download the Action Agenda here.

Also in the field of energy, EUA has published the UNI-SET Universities Survey report, which contains extensive information about energy research and education at Europe’s universities. It confirms that universities are eager to adopt solving the energy challenge as part of their institutional strategies. This often involves business collaboration and societal collaboration, for both research and education.

It provides unique insights into the energy research and education landscape at universities in Europe. More than 500 Master programmes and 800 research topics at 130 universities are covered by the data collected through the UNI-SET Universities Survey.

The findings illustratea wide range and depth of activities taking place at universities. All key priorities of the SET-Plan are covered through research and education. Yet the results also illustrate that energy research and education are largely anchored in STEM disciplines. Universities could do more to address social, economic, or political aspects in research projects or Master programmes. There is also a gap between strongly international programmes and those not in the group of internationalised frontrunners.

Download the report here.

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