Eurydice Consortium aiming to increase students' employability in the field of renewable energies, on the basis of closer collaboration with the industry.
Ulm University of Applied Sciences (UUAS)
Ulm University of Applied Sciences (UUAS) is a public organization for higher education in Ulm, in Baden Württemberg in Southern Germany. 4300 students are enrolled at 18 Bachelor and 10 Master courses in the field of technical science & information technology. UUAS is organized in 6 Departments. 15 Institutes are engaged in laboratory training for students & research activities. About 40 PhD students work on application-oriented research topics with focus on Energy, Mobility, Information Sciences & Medicine.
The success of UUAS is based on the cooperation with industry. It integrates the areas of research and development with the help of own research institutes and several Transfer Centers of the Steinbeis Foundation for Economic Development Stuttgart. The students also benefit from this because of attractive places for internships and interesting thesis topics. A refined continuing education program for working people and others round off the range of UUAS.
UUAS offers the “Ulm Model”, a unique cooperative educational program at the Bachelor-level, where students collect practical experience in 130 collaborating companies besides their academic program in the university. UUAS leads an international partnership programme between technical universities along the Danube in the area of Renewable energy & efficient use of energy, aiming at strengthening the cooperation through exchange of students, professors; summer schools; common education and research projects; joint use of laboratories. The project makes a concrete contribution to the European Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSD). A trans-regional partnership between the so-called “Danube universities” builds a trans-regional network that opens new avenues to the partners (e.g. in the development of courses & content), but which also opens new doors for opportunities between the universities and industry located along the Danube river. UUAS has excellent experience in establishing & managing of network projects.
In the field of energies and especially renewable energies UUAS can show more than 25 years of experience in education and transfer.
Prof. Dr Marc-Oliver Otto
Dean and International coordinator of the Department of Mathematics, Natural and Economic Sciences
Budapest University of Technology (BME)
The Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) is one of the leading universities and the most prestigious technical higher educational institutions in Hungary with the activities of the 8 faculties covering the entire technical field from architecture to IT. BME is an internationally well-recognized research and educational institution with a strong focus on international education. Another strong emphasis of BME is the national and international collaboration with the industry, resulting in approx.45% of the universities revenues coming from research grants and directly from the industry.
The Department of Electron Devices (DED) is a worldwide renowned educational and research Centre in the field of microelectronics and semiconductor devices with special focus on Smart Systems integration and Multiphysics design & characterization. Its reputation in this field was fostered by participation in many international projects (more than 20 European projects). As such, BME DED has maintained excellent relationship with SMEs for decades, both in terms of creating spin-offs (3 spin-off companies founded in the last two decades) and supporting other SMEs with industrial R&D.
The Department also acts as a Digital Innovation Hub (DIH) in the FED4SAE network supporting SMEs to implement their innovations in the field of smart and/or IoT-based systems and solutions. R&D activities of the department included several projects on photovoltaics and energy efficient solid-state lighting, such as developing power prediction models for solar modules and energy harvesting concepts as well as designing LED-based smart luminaires for optimized street lighting. The department also participates in an international Erasmus+ Joint Master Program, on smart system integration with two other partner institutions, in close cooperation with industrial partners that provide topics for the individual projects and diploma thesis or even internships in the framework of the master program.
Prof. Balázs Plesz
Associate Professor : Laboratory for Semiconductor Technology of the Department
University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien (UASTW)
UAS Technikum Wien is the largest purely technical Univ. of Applied Sciences in Austria. With almost 9,000 alumni and more than 4,000 students currently taking its 13 bachelor’s and 18 master’s degree programs. In the department of Renewable Energy 15 researchers are currently working on more than 25 research projects and the department is responsible for the education of more than 300 students per semester in the bachelor program Urban Renewable Energy Technologies and in the master program Renewable Urban Energy Systems. The scientific profound and at the same time practical relevant study program is most diverse and individually combinable. Furthermore, it can always be drawn on the knowledge pool of the lectures and scientific staff working at the UAS Technikum Wien.
Because of the high competence in various specialized fields, scientific capacities can be consulted if instantaneous questions arise. Moreover, it can be referred to substantial competences in the field of coaching as well as gender and diversity counselling. FHTW is very active in conducting research and consultancy projects in the fields of renewable energy, wind energy, building technologies, smart grid systems and smart cities.
In addition, representatives of the department are involved in various national and EU research projects as well as in national and international expert networks, as the deputy head of the photovoltaics research program of the International Energy Agency (IEA) research groups (PVPS-TASK-1, TASK-12, TASK-15), in the IEA wind energy task 27 and TEM 90 on distributed wind energy. UAS’s scientific, research and teaching activities are fully aligned with the objectives and tasks of this proposal.
The present project plans enable the UAS Technikum Vienna to further expand its expertise in the field of decentral, integrated and regional energy systems - and in this regard to further develop and therefore deepen experience and expertise in internalization. In addition, the opportunity of cooperation with new project partners allows the positioning as a reliable and competent research facility, and thus enables the team to increase the acquisition capacity/ability, thereby guaranteeing the ongoing, successful activities of the R&D facilities, In addition all project staff members of the UASTW are also lecturers and thus research results are included, among others, in the two study programs "Renewable Urban Energy Systems" (Master) and "Urban Renewable Energy Technologies" (Bachelor).The collaboration of lecturers in research projects and the associated connection of teaching to current research results significantly increase the significance of teaching and provides a multiplier effect for dissemination.
Dr. Ing.Momir Tabakovic
Researcher & lecturer at the Institute of Renewable Energy
Deloitte Limited (DT)
Deloitte (DT) is one of the largest and fastest-growing professional organizations in Cyprus providing a full range of services through more than 600 people from offices in major cities. Core services include audit, tax, risk, consulting & financial advisory services. Through the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre (IEC), DT participates in a number of projects related with education, ICT, and renewable energy, carrying out different tasks (e.g. socioeconomic impact studies, economic & cost-benefit analyses, market surveys etc.). Activities include dissemination and capitalization tasks, administrative and financial management or expenses verification.
In the area of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, DT takes a leading role by offering financial advisory, statutory audit, tax and VAT planning & compliance services, to organisations developing and/or operating Renewable Energy Projects, including Wind Farms, Photovoltaic Parks, Solar Thermal Power Plants, Biomass/ Biogas Plants, and Hydroelectric Power Plants. DT offers an unparalleled range of services, innovation and critical thinking, supporting clients through tailored services during all phases of a project’s life cycle.
Moreover, DT in collaboration with the Bank of Cyprus operates ARIS [A Really Inspiring Space], a start-up accelerator created to support the successful development of emerging business ideas. ARIS targets early-stage, high-growth aspiring entrepreneurs and offers intensive support to accelerate their efforts by providing an innovative space, where they can turn their ideas into thriving businesses. ARIS residents have the opportunity to be mentored by industry experts, receive guidance and coaching from accomplished entrepreneurs. One of the priorities is supporting innovative solutions related to the Energy Sector. Currently ARIS hosts a highly promising start-up named Watts, which is active in the renewable energy sector.
Ms. Eliza Loucaidou
Director: Innovation & Entrepreneurship Centre (IEC)
Durban University (DUT)
With approximately 30 000 students, Durban University is the first choice for higher education in KwaZulu Natal. It is in the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg.
The University’s mission is to excel through:
- A teaching and learning environment that values and supports the University community
- Promoting excellence in learning and teaching, technology transfer and applied research
- External engagement that promotes innovation and entrepreneurship through collaboration and partnership.
DUT comprises of six faculties with sixty-six different programmes in Accounting and Informatics, Applied Sciences, Arts and Design, Engineering and the Built Environment, Health Sciences, and Management Sciences. The Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment comprises 11 departments: Architecture, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Surveying (Durban Campus), Civil Engineering INDUMISO (campus Pietermaritzburg), Construction Management & Quantity Surveying, Electrical Power Engineering, Electronic Engineering and Computer Systems, Mechanical /Mechatronics Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Town and Regional Planning, Urban Futures Centre.
The department of Electrical Power Engineering and the department of Electronic Engineering and Computer Systems have the following Research areas of interest:
- Radio Astronomy (SKA and Mitra)
- Computational Intelligence and Image Processing
- Intelligence Systems (Intelligent transportation)
- Next Generation Networking Systems (Wireless, Optical and Smart Grid Systems)
- Power System Operation, Control and Protection
- Simulation and Analysis of Power System Dynamic Performance
- Renewable Energy System and Smart Grid
Energy Research & energy project supervision
Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT)
Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) is the foremost higher education institution in the heartland of South Africa with a student population of 19000 and a staff headcount of about 2000 academic & administrative staff. CUT is dedicated to quality education and training in science, engineering & technology. CUT has developed into a leading institution able to take its place on the national, as well as international, higher education landscape; a transformative University and ‘model’ UoT in Africa influencing the socio-economic development of the Central region of South Africa and beyond.
CUT has four faculties: Management Sciences, Health and Environmental Sciences, Engineering and Information Technology & Humanities. At CUT research, research development, technology transfer, innovation and commercialization activities are understood to be complementary. These activities form part of what is commonly known as the research cycle.
CUT has a focus within the field of Renewable Energy and in particular the sustainability aspects of Cities of the Future within the environment of the 4th Industrial revolution and Circular Economy. The University has an undergraduate program within Renewable energy Technologies and various research projects within the field of Renewable Energy. The University recently has a 152kW PV Tracker system developed on the campus that provide 10% of its power consumption. Collaboration with industry partners on the PV system were initiated.
CUT has large experience in EU and other funded projects i.e. AESOP+ (A European and South African and Partnership on Heritage & Past), INSPIRE (International Science Promoting Innovation and Entrepreneurship), HE Capacity Building YEBO! Internationalisation of Doctoral Studies Support, South Africa Sweden University Forum (SASUF) focusing of internationalisation of Research between South Africa and Swedish Universities and a lot of mobility projects with other leading European HEIs.
Ms. Refilwe Moleyane
Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)
Tshwane University of Technology has a footprint in three of South Africa’s provinces, spread over many learning sites. The student population currently stands at more than 65 000 students. The mission of TUT lies in:
- Fostering a scholarship of teaching and learning
- Providing relevant and competitive academic programmes with seamless articulation pathways
- Investing in state-of-the-art technology
- Conducting relevant research and promoting innovation, engagement and social enterprise
There are seven Faculties:
- Economics and Finance
- Engineering and the Built Environment
- Information and Communications Technology
- Management Sciences
- The Arts
The Faculties of Engineering and the Built Environment is divided into eight academic departments: Architecture; Building Sciences; Geomatics; Chemical, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering; Civil Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Industrial Engineering; and Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics and Industrial Design.
In order to ensure close linkage with industry, the Faculty operates six Centres, Institutes, Technology Stations and Incubators (CITSI): Centre for Energy and Electric Power; French South African Institute of Technology; Institute for Advanced Tooling; Institute for Nano-Engineering Research; Technology Station in Chemicals; and Technology Station in Electronics. A special unit, the Industry Grid is also available to connect the Faculty with industry.
Prof Josiah Munda
Assistant Dean: Postgraduate Studies, Research & Innovation; Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment