Postgraduate Renewable Energy Course

    Applications closed


    The UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) invites applications for its new intensive four-week course on Renewable Energy, which will run from 2 to 25 April 2014. The course was developed under the framework of the University Network for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research (UN-CECAR), a collaborative initiative of more than 20 leading universities across Asia. UN-CECAR — for which UNU-IAS acts as the Secretariat — is committed to developing postgraduate educational and research programmes on climate and ecosystems change, and sustainability science. This course is organized with the support of the Graduate Program in Sustainability Science-Global Leadership Initiative (GPSS-GLI) of the University of Tokyo.

    This pioneering course will cover a range of issues on the science, technology, economics and policies of renewable energy. It will include such hard topics as small hydropower, solar, geothermal, bio-, wind, marine, fuel cell and hydrogen energy, and such soft topics as energy demand and supply, economics, security, and policy. Students also will receive practical training with clean-energy analysis software (RETScreen and HOMER).

    Completion and Credit Transfer

    Students who successfully complete the course will be awarded a certificate of completion and a transcript from UNU-IAS. The courses are practically oriented and equivalent to a regular 4 credit postgraduate course in Japan. While UN-CECAR members have negotiated credit transfer agreements with UNU-IAS, the final decision will be made by each student’s university.

    Daily Schedule

    There will be three sessions of courses each weekday: 10:00-12:00, 13:00-15:00 and 16:00-18:00.

    Faculty and Learning Environment

    Students will benefit from working closely with an expert teaching faculty comprising distinguished UN-CECAR scholars and practitioners, and UNU-IAS academic staff. Because it shares a building with many UN agencies, UNU-IAS offers a unique learning environment.

    The UNU Library offers access to a wide range of academic books, over 10,000 electronic journals, World Bank and OECD publications, and official UN documents. All students will receive a comprehensive library orientation session at the beginning of the course.

    A dedicated computer lab will be provided for students, with software to cater to the needs of each course. An online tool will be provided for students to lecture notes, reading lists and other materials specific to each course, as well as a message board and forum to facilitate discussion among faculty and students.

    Student Support and Accommodation

    UNU-IAS will assist students through the courses, acknowledging that students may experience difficulties in adjusting to a new country and culture. Students will be provided with accommodation (in an affordable hotel close to the UNU building) during their stay in Tokyo.

    For more information on requirements and course application procedure, see the course page on the UNU-IAS website.


  • For inquiries regarding application procedure, acceptance policies, and student logistics, contact Ms. Wilma James, UNU-IAS ().

    For inquiries regarding programme content, contact Mr. Hideyuki Mohri, UNU-IAS ().