Accelerating innovation in bioenergy and bioeconomy within the higher education system will contribute to enforce the European SET Plan Roadmap on Education and Training. This is the starting point of the discussion between European Universities at 5th UNI-SET Clustering Event, organised by EUA-EPUE on May 31-June 2 and hosted by KU Leuven in Belgium. During the course of the event, Dr. Maarten Arentsen, Associate Professor at the University of Twente, in the Netherlands, illustrated the positive case of the European project BioEnergyTrain (BET), which saw the involvement of industry, HEIs, research centres and professional associations in the development of two new and exclusive master curricula on bioresources.
15 partners from 6 EU countries, encompassing the whole value chain of bioenergy, defined together the modular architecture of both programmes to innovate the knowledge and competences of the future professionals. As illustrated by Maarten Arentsen, the new-found cooperation between university and industry within BET led to the development of Cooperative Educational Formats, Vocational Training, and Distance Learning Methods.
While the Cooperative Educational Formats thoughts for prospective students included Pilot Plant Research Labs, Research Projects and case work, Vocational Training included opportunities such as interdisciplinary student camps with the industry, summer schools and participations in business qualification actions. Finally, the BET project focused on the promotion of distance learning by creating a web-based library and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
The 5th UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event focused on “Universities in the Energy Transition: Science & Skills for Renewables Integration”. Participants also had the opportunity to discuss topics related to system integration and energy consumers.