Record number of students studying sustainable energy
A record fifty students are studying for their MSc in sustainable energy science/engineering at Iceland School of Energy, at Reykjavik University. The school has also welcomed over 200 students for short courses on renewable energy at the University this summer. Over 90% of the student body at Iceland School of Energy is international students, hailing from countries all over the globe including; the United States, Kenya, Namibia, Brazil and Germany, to name a few.
Students from Iceland School of Energy on a field trip
"It is very gratifying to see how strong the reputation of Iceland's renewable energy sector is internationally. As a nation we have much to share in this field and our sustainable energy programme has seen much demand from abroad. We have worked intensely on the development of the energy programmes over the last years with Reykjavik Energy and ISOR and in collaboration with Icelandic companies and institutions. The program is set up and organized for international students, but it has also been attracting local students." says Ari Kristinn Jónsson, Rector of Reykjavik University. "The cooperation with international universities is a key factor in offering the best international courses available, and international students bring a new perspective to the programme, that further strengthens our education."
Increased use of renewable energy is one of the most important challenges for humanity today. Our programmes take the technical and economic aspects of energy use while also placing emphasizes on the environment. All students at Iceland School of Energy take courses in environmental impact and travel across the country to study energy and the environment.
"We emphasize learning about energy from a multi-disciplinary perspective, exploring the commercial, technical, economic and legal aspects of energy. Energy and environmental issues are among the most important issues that are found worldwide today, and to deal with them it is essential that students have both a deep and interdisciplinary knowledge in the field." says Ari.
This year, there will be an increased emphasis on educating students about innovation, both through workshops and working closely with Startup Reykjavik Energy, which is hosted at the University of Reykjavik. The objective of Iceland School of Energy is to educate future experts in the field of renewable energy, through working closely with Reykjavik Energy and ÍSOR, alongside our other partners: Landsvirkjun, Arctic Circle, Icelandic engineering, research institutes and various organisations in the sector. Emphasis is also placed on international cooperation, including cooperation with Harvard and Tufts University in the United States and TINAJIN University in China. The Manager of the program is Halla Hrund Logadóttir.