Title: A new education model in sustainable energy

Authors: Wojciech Grega; Krzysztof Pikoń

Addresses: Department of Automatics and Biomedical Engineering, AGH – University of Science and Technology in Krakow, 30-059 Kraków, Mickiewicza Av. 30, Poland ' Department of Technologies and Installations for Waste Management, Silesian University of Technology, 44-100 Gliwice, Konarskiego 18, Poland

Abstract: The European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT) has selected knowledge and innovation community (KIC) InnoEnergy as the leading engine for innovation and entrepreneurship in sustainable energy in Europe. Since 2010, KIC InnoEnergy Master School has offered Master's degree programs, which are directed at a new type of education in the energy field, aimed at mobilising the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of the students. Seven Master's programs, accredited by top technical universities in Europe, offer a combination of engineering and entrepreneurship courses. This paper describes a new mechanism for the development of a teaching environment, which creates strong links between education, technology, business and entrepreneurship. The paper also emphasises the main distinguishing features of KIC InnoEnergy education and gives examples of the application of new pedagogical methods.

Keywords: education; master's programs; sustainable energy; The European Institute for Innovation and Technology; EIT; knowledge triangle; entrepreneurial; challenge-driven education; case teaching method; quality indicators; KPI; key performance indices.

DOI: 10.1504/IJISD.2018.089269

International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development, 2018 Vol.12 No.1/2, pp.13 - 27

Received: 10 Feb 2016
Accepted: 01 Jan 2017

Published online: 11 Jan 2018 *

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