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Student Statement: Oscar Ivan Barbosa Aguas / MSc Renewable Energy Systems Class 2020-2022

The part-time MSc Renewable Energy Systems is the first cross-border course in Austria dealing with the future issues of alternative energy production. Identifying pathways for heading towards sustainable energy systems is one of the major challenges of our time. We asked Oscar Ivan Barbosa Aguas, student of class 2020-2022, about his motivation to engage in the ongoing global energy transition.

Portrait Oscar Barbosa _Class 2020-2022

Oscar Ivan Barbosa Aguas from Colombia started the Master's Program MSc Renewable Energy systems only recently (July 2020). Coming from the field of fossil energy sources, he now wants to change his career path and tackle the challenge of integrating renewable energy sources in existing systems.
Read his statement on why he chose to do this program:

"I consider it essential to look for alternative forms of energy based on clean technologies to contribute to the Energy transition from fossil fuels to clean energy. The crude oil price, the war around it, and the exploration of sensitive areas such as the Amazon Forrest, lead me to think about a Master program in Renewable Energy and how we can think about other ways to produce electricity through alternative sources, seeking to mitigate CO2 emissions which would impact the world in a positive way.

As a Petroleum Engineer, I have been working for almost 4 years in the planning, drilling, completion, and reconditioning of oil & gas wells in Colombia, but due to the global crisis that affected the oil industry in 2015, I had the opportunity to travel to Australia, where I received my certificate in Project Management and could see how solar energy is integrated and is wide used in residential areas. As mentioned before, with a background in the energy sector I would like to expand my knowledge in the field of renewable energies and be part of the energy transition, facing the new challenges to come and helping to develop the new technologies which will allow us to use more clean energies in today’s life.

I chose TU Wien because it is a well-known University not just in Austria but Worldwide. The Master program In Renewable Energy Systems offers me the greatest opportunity to change my career path from oil industry to the field of renewable energies with its international approach. I am a highly motivated young professional who firmly believes this generation can change by using new technologies for our own benefit, allowing following generations to enjoy our unique planet."

Energize your future!

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MSc Renewable Energy Systems - Key Facts
Final Degree:
 Master of Science (MSc)
Academic Director: Univ.Prof.Dr.techn. Reinhard Haas
Language: English
Duration: 4 Semesters
Location: Vienna & Bruck/Leitha
Structure: part-time, blocked modules
Next Program Start: 2021
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