Top marks for education in energy and environmental technologies

​Chalmers Master's program in energy and environmental technology receives the highest ratings in the Swedish Higher Education Authority's evaluation. Chalmers' focus on the student learning process is considered one of the main reasons for this acclaim. 



The Swedish Higher Education Authority (Universitetskanslerämbetet, UKÄ) evaluation process for all technical programs has been underway since 2012. The time, the focus of the evaluation was on the quality of the degree projects. Characteristics of Sustainable Energy Systems, one of the Master programs in the field of energy and environmental technologies, is a focus on learning-centered lesson planning, so-called constructive alignment and the strong link between education and research. Here, lecturers are consistently encouraged to talk about current research projects, and the degree projects reflect the students' ability to single-handedly solve large, research-oriented tasks.

"Our research is a global vanguard, and this approach provides students with first hand insight into what happens in the areas of energy technology and energy systems," says David Pallarès, program director of the Masters program in Sustainable Energy Systems.

"We also have close collaboration with industry. We often have guest speakers from industry and students can do their lab exercises on-site. In the course I teach, for example, students had to report on a large design task with the Metso research and development manager as the opponent, which was very much appreciated."

Each year, fifty new students are accepted into the Masters program in Sustainable Energy Systems. David Pallarès thinks this is an appropriate number, as some courses require very close supervision.

"We would like to be able to grow, but we would rather make sure that everyone gets a good education. Receiving a  "very high quality" rating from UKA does not mean we need to lower the tempo. First, we must expand course offerings, and a few courses are in need of development. Hopefully, our students will benefit from the fine words from UKÄ when it comes time to head out into the labour market."


Text: Karin Ljungklint
Photo: Jan-Olof Yxell, Karin Ljungklint


Facts UKÄ assessment of the subject area "Master in Energy and Environmental Technology"
Energy and Environmental Technology consists of Sustainable Energy Systems, as well as the Masters program Industrial Ecology. The evaluation was very positive, with an overall rating of very high quality. Ulrika Lundqvist,  vice head of the department responsible for undergraduate studies, was responsible for the report in this area.

Learn more about the Masters program in Industrial Ecology
Learn more about the Masters program in Sustainable Energy Systems
Learn more about the UKÄ evaluation process

Contact
David Pallarès (Program Representative for Sustainable Energy Systems), david.pallares@chalmers.se, +46 (0) 31 772 14 35 Jonas Nässén (Program Representative for Industrial Ecology), jonas.nassen@chalmers.se, +46- (0 ) 31-772 3268

Published: Wed 27 Nov 2013.