Renewable Energy Course


The United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP), Tokyo, invites applications for its new intensive four-week course on Renewable Energy, 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-ISP 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 introduce students in the Asia Pacific Region to provide renewable energy solutions to development needs with sound environmental management practices. The course will cover a range of issues on the science, technology, economics and policies of renewable energy, including such hard topics as small hydropower, solar, geothermal, bio-, wind, marine, fuel cell and hydrogen energy and soft topics as energy demand and supply, economics, security, and policy. Students also will receive practical training with clean energy project analysis software RETScreen and HOMER energy modeling software for hybrid renewable energy systems.

The assessment for this course will be based on a research paper, presentations, class participation, and intermediate tests. The course is practically oriented and will be taught by a highly qualified and diverse team of natural and social science scholars. This course is equivalent to a regular 4 credit postgraduate course in Japan.

Target Applicants:

Target applications for this course are those who:

  • are postgraduate students, researchers, faculty, staff, government officials, and professionals in relevant professions;
  • wish to deepen their knowledge on, and gain practical training in, renewable energy.

Expected Outcomes

The expected outcomes for this course include:

  • Learning renewable energy (RE) issues in the context of science, technology, economics, policy and society
  • Nurturing the ability to develop RE systems considering sustainable development
  • Developing the ability to relate RE to climate change and other global contemporary issues
  • Understanding the professional ethics of RE;
  • Fostering the ability to function in a multi-disciplinary team that could consist of persons with varying backgrounds of policy, science, engineering, and business.

Course Information

The course runs for four weeks from 2 April 2014 to 25 April 2014. The courses focus on the science, technology, economics and policies on renewable energy. Students who successfully complete the courses will be awarded a certificate of completion and a transcript from UNU-ISP.

The course is designed to be worth 4 credits and comprise of 30 hours of teaching time. While a number of universities have negotiated credit transfer agreements with UNU-ISP, the final decision will be made by the 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 hours.

Faculty and Learning Environment

Students will benefit from working closely with highly experienced faculty members comprised of distinguished UN-CECAR scholars and practitioners and UNU-ISP academic staff. UNU-ISP also shares a building with many UN agencies, which makes it 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.


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