Postgraduate Renewable Energy Course


    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).

    For the latest information on this course, please visit the UN-CECAR website.

    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 20,000 electronic journals, official UN documents, and publications in the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development e-libraries. 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 assists students throughout the courses, acknowledging that students may experience difficulties in adjusting to a new country and culture. Students can stay in low-cost accommodation arranged by UNU-IAS at a nearby hotel. Further information on payment and hotel reservations will be provided to successful applicants.

  • Applicants for this course should be currently enrolled in a master’s or PhD programme (in any discipline); seek to deepen their knowledge on, and gain practical training in, renewable energy; and desire a future career in renewable energy.

    Tuition Fees

    The tuition fees for this course are USD 3,000.

    English Language Requirements

    Excellent written and verbal English language skills are required. Applicants whose first language is not English and whose bachelor’s degree is not from an institution at which English is the language of instruction must submit proof of English language proficiency within the past 2 years. The minimum score requirements for TOEFL or IELTS are listed below:

    600 TOEFL paper-based
    100 TOEFL internet-based
    7.0 IELTS academic version


    The following applicants are exempt from submitting a score sheet:

    1. Applicants whose first language is English.
    2. Those who graduated from a university or a graduate school located in a country where English is the first language.
    3. Those who completed an undergraduate or graduate degree programme taught in English. In this case, please submit a certificate showing that the programme you attended was taught in English.
    4. Applicants who submit proof by any other means that have proficiency in English equivalent to that described in items (2) or (3) above.
  • Application Deadline

    The current application deadline for spring 2014 courses is available on the UN-CECAR applications website, and applies to students from abroad and for students within Japan.

    How to Apply

    Applications must be submitted using the online application form.

    Applicants must submit the following:

    • a completed online application with photo and signature;
    • proof of enrolment in a Ph.D. degree programme if you are a postgraduate student;
    • an original transcript of academic record;
    • a detailed proposal of the research topic, and explanation of how it will link the current university thesis topic to that of climate change if you are a postgraduate student;
    • evidence of TOEFL scores or equivalent proof of English-language proficiency for non-native speakers or those who do not have an academic degree in an English-speaking country; and
    • at least two references; one from the supervisor and one from another faculty member.
  • Please address specific queries as follows:

    • Application procedure, acceptance policies, and student logistics: Ms. Wilma James, UNU-IAS (
    • Program content: Mr. Hideyuki Mohri, UNU-IAS (