InnoEnergy Master's School

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Leandra
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Taking the master’s program in Energy Technologies (ENTECH) has so far proved to be a unique experience. The first year in Portugal was exciting, since there was not just a new university and student live to explore but also a whole new country with such a beautiful capital city. The courses I took at IST deepened my knowledge about sustainable energies and technologies. Furthermore they allowed me to also get an insight on the management and policy side. Not only the academic life was enriching, also the extracurricular activities surpassed my expectations! Through the university and the program I visited Spain, the Azores, France and Germany, learned about thrilling topics and met interesting people.

The diversity of cultures and people in the program is amazing and enriches the daily live a lot. Therefore, I am already excited to start my 2nd year in Uppsala (Sweden) in September. A new country, culture and university as well as old and new friends to meet, live and work with. And the best – everything with the vision of making the world a better place.

What would you improve about this program?
Since this program is still fairly new, a few organisational processes are not standardized yet. For example, for students taking the first year in Lisbon and the second year in Sweden, there are no clear rules of how the evaluation of the master thesis will be realized. This is due to the circumstance, that usually a master thesis is not graded in Sweden. Hence, if one does a master thesis apart from Sweden or Portugal e.g. in a company or in a different country, it can happen that the thesis has to be approved from both universities.
However, so far everyone I know from in the program found a solution so far individually. I am curious how these processes will develop further in the future.
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Jake
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Studying abroad is a great opportunity to meet people from a diverse range of countries and backgrounds, knowing you will have something in common to bring you together. In the case of InnoEnergy, this is boosted further as you will spend a lot of time with people outside of your own programme.

University lectures & projects, industry interaction - both well-established & upcoming and international field trips on the academic side have prepared me well for my upcoming career. Living & studying with people from all over the world, InnoEnergy organised events and exploring the host countries with new friends has made the social side an unforgettable experience.

On reflection, studying at two high ranking European universities has allowed me to experience so much more than I would have had I studied at home and I would absolutely recommend this programme to anyone interested in a career in the nuclear industry.

What would you improve about this program?
As a subset of 'InnoEnergy Sustainable Energy' MSc programmes, there are two location choices for each year of study. The first year options; UPC, Barcelona or KTH, Stockholm have a large innoenergy community. Given the enormous presence of nuclear power in France, it makes sense that both second year options are here; Paris-Saclay, Paris or INP, Grenoble. However, whilst these locations are home to more than one InnoEnergy programme, the InnoEnergy community focus seems reduced. Furthermore, there is a tendency to push for students to carry out their internship (the last 6 months of the programme) in France - this is not mandatory, but understandably, there is a focus towards the French nuclear industry. Finally, because there are 5 EMINE options, under 5 different departments, in Paris - there was some confusion as to whether university accommodation would be guaranteed (it is!), where it would be (in many locations around the city), and who is responsible for organising this for students (still partially a mystery...).

These difficulties were all solved in the end - I received university accommodation, secured the internship I wanted in my home nation and knew many people in the city from my first year on the programme - so none of them should put you off.
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Rudolph
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Prior to joining the MSc InnoEnergy SELECT program I was working in the US in a great job, but I knew I was more interested to work toward something that I truly believe in, renewable energy. Through a long thought process, I came to find the InnoEnergy program and it permitted me to gain the education I wanted, not only focused on the technical studies, but on the innovation, management, and business-mindedness side that I was also interested in developing. What's more, the program gave me another opportunity to travel as the mobility in the program is not just an opportunity, it's necessary. I have lived in Spain and Portugal through this program, and visited many other locations for academic purposes as well. This master's program is unlike anything I've ever encountered anywhere else.

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Zaid
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

MSc Clean Fossil & alternative Fuel Energy is an unconventional masters program. Clean Fossil is specialized for Power and Energy Engineering, a field covering major aspects of conventional power plants, alternative fuel, and renewable energy sources. The first year for us started at Silesian University of Technology Gliwice Poland which is located in the Industrial hub of the Polish market, offering both a conducive learning environment and a hands-on experience for the students. The second year is offered in Instituto Superior Tecnico Lisbon Portugal with a diverse choice of major subjects. Also, Lisbon is a beautiful city with a number of opportunities for kick-starting your professional career.

It is also important to mention the KAVA (KIC Added Value Activities) add most important traits to this program. All the certifications, team building activities, career orientation seminars, CommUnity activities, networking opportunities and mandatory internships really help you on your way forward.

Highly recommended.

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Rachel
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I really enjoyed my experience in the SELECT program. While there are still some kinks they are working out due to it being a pretty new program (started 2011) I grew immensely as a professional both through academics and also through soft skills. Being in a program in two different programs also meant meeting so many new people with different backgrounds and learning the culture of the two countries you are in. Through the CommUnity you can also be involved in planning events and being a leader in different ways. The SELECT program is also different since it's not heavily engineering-focused, you get a multidisciplinary education. I would highly recommend it to anyone all over the world who has a passion for a sustainable future!

What would you improve about this program?
The first year of the SELECT program is still a bit messy due to taking classes from two different universities (UPC in Barcelona and KTH in Stockholm). The remote courses can be challenging due to bad connections and sometimes classes will overlap due to the different school schedules at the two universities. Hopefully from constant feedback from the students, things will improve in this respect.
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Milan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I graduated from this program December 2017. It was a great experience to do a Master Program in two different countries. The year in Poland was the best academic year in my life.
This program focuses on fuels use and decreasing the pollution they cause. The program is structured in a way that the student can choose the syllabus in a way that fits his/hers career ambitions. This program has applied very practical approach to teaching - Learning by doing - so students have the opportunity to learn by working on applied projects. It is supplied with several soft skills additional courses and plenty of visits to power plants and companies. In addition due to the existing network and the established connections, students have the opportunity to attend major events such as the European Utility Week. Warmly recommended.

What would you improve about this program?
In the 2nd year in Portugal, the classes should have more practical approach, similar to year 1. There should be more visits in industry in Portugal.
Sérgio
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The MSc. in 0Smart Electrical Networks and Systems - SENSE is a very specialized program about Smart Grids, a field that is growing in relevance and applicability. We started our program at KTH, in Sweden, which offered an amazing environment for learning and practicing the knowledge we obtained. The first year was also marked with study visits to research centers and partner universities, in which we were able to see the development of technology that is leading the way in the revolution of the power systems. It was very exciting to be involved in this and to see with my own eyes the future of the field I want to work in!
We could also choose between four different options to follow in our second year of SENSE. An added benefit is that the students are free to pursue Master Thesis topics in different themes and locations, which led me into living in three countries during the two year program. The international experience was really amazing, and I learned so much! Not only as an engineer, now with a strong background in Smart Grids, but also as a person who experienced so much!
I really can't say any negative aspects of my time at the InnoEnergy Master School. Absolutely recommended!!

Jacob
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great programme overall and a wonderful opportunity to travel to 2 countries and meet an immense number of passionate people from across the world. The "knowledge triangle" of industry, eduction and business is well established and acts as a perfect setting for whoever is eager to grab their opportunities and formulate a career in one of the most important and dynamic industries and playing a role in the energy transition. Endless "KAVAs" known as KIC added value activities such as an Project of the Year with industry clients etc. Highly recommended!

Claudio
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Don't see this master as just learning about some courses. Those are great and very specialized on sustainable energy and business and entrepreneurship. But the wider community of people from all around the world was the greatest legacy for me which will stay my whole life and allow to have a great career. Or create your own as an entrepreneur and coming from the master school InnoEnergy offers funding and support funding customers as an investor in your startup idea

What would you improve about this program?
Even more digital world class courses and entrepreneurs coming to share own challenges
Falko
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This program provided me with everything! 2 years at 2 of the best universities in Europe. A great network to industries, entrepreneurs and previous alumni.
I started my first year in Lisbon, meeting very inspiring study mates with whom I am still in contact thanks to the great network InnoEnergy is building.
My second year I split between Grenoble and Barcelona to write my master thesis in an innovative startup.

All in all, I haven't regret any second of the 2 year journey, also due to the fact, that there is still great support from InnoEnergy after graduating. One can still participate in the CommUnity, an initiative to benefit from the network still after graduating!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!

Cheers,
Falko!