The UNU-GTP is able to reach out to a far greater audience and offer much more varied and specific subjects with its diverse SDG Short Course series than with its core Six-Month Training in Iceland alone. The short courses are held in different locations around the world and through them the UNU-GTP is able to cater to different and often very specific local needs in exploration and development of geothermal resources.
From 2005-2015, the Government of Iceland contributed towards the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations by funding UNU-GTP to organize workshops/short courses in geothermal development for selected countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. In 2016, new series were established in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. The courses/workshops are set up in cooperation with the energy agencies/utilities and earth science institutions responsible for the exploration, development and operation of geothermal facilities in the respective countries/regions. A part of the courses’ objectives is to increase cooperation between specialists in the sustainable use of geothermal resources. The courses are expected to develop or become a part of sustainable regional geothermal training centres in the future, which would be the ultimate development success to have the training led by local experts.