April 05, 2011

ASIIN accreditation for innovative environmental studies course at the Vienna University of Technology

The Vienna University of Technology is the first Austrian university to be awarded this seal of quality


The Vienna University of Technology has been awarded the quality seal of the ASIIN for its postgraduate program “MSc Renewable Energy in Central & Eastern Europe”. The program impressed the audit team with its clear objectives, modular structure, high degree of relevance to practical and current issues, and its strong international focus. “Accreditation of the Renewable Energy in Central & Eastern Europe master’s program is definitive confirmation of the international standing of our course, with its commitment to high-quality educational outcomes based on in-depth academic study supplemented by extensive examples of practical application,” says Prof. Dr. Reinhard Haas, Academic Director of the MSc Renewable Energy in Central & Eastern Europe at the Vienna University of Technology. “It gives us great pleasure to be the first Austrian university to have received this international seal of quality. It shows that our continuing education is equal to the high demands of the market and meets internationally recognized standards,” says Mag. Petra Aigner, Managing Director of the Continuing Education Center of the Vienna University of Technology.

The renewable energies sector continues to experience strong growth and increase in importance. Without renewable energy sources and their efficient utilization, sustainable global development over the long term is simply inconceivable. Initiatives involving renewable energies are therefore continuing to grow in importance, as is the awareness of sustainable forms of energy. “The course means that graduates have a really excellent chance of applying for jobs anywhere in the world in the specific field of renewable energies. Particularly when it comes to my day-to-day professional activities, it is important that international business partners can put a value on the qualification I have,” says Mag. Herbert Brandner MSc, a graduate from the class of 2009, underlining the importance that accreditation has for the course.

As business cooperation partner, the Energiepark Bruck/Leitha further enhances the course with its own outstanding network of experts, international contacts within the industry and project experience in renewable energies. In addition, cooperation with numerous foreign institutes of higher education and energy agencies means that excursions and study trips can be undertaken to Hungary, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovenia, Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine. By studying locally, students not only acquire country-specific know-how, but also benefit from their numerous contacts in academic and applied fields.

The ASIIN (Accreditation Agency Specialized in Accrediting Degree Programs in Engineering, Informatics, the Natural Sciences and Mathematics, www.asiin.de) is one of the most important quality assurance institutions for technical and scientific study programs in the German-speaking countries. In addition, the ASIIN accredits and advises institutes of higher education throughout the whole of Europe. The seal of quality of the ASIIN is awarded to educational programs that are particularly worthy of being singled out due to their quality, as well as the sustainable and innovative nature of their content.

The fall of 2011 will see the MSc Renewable Energy in Central & Eastern Europe entering its eighth matriculation year. The postgraduate program lasts 4 semesters, is part-time and split into modules, and instruction is in English throughout. The next information session will take place at 6 p.m. on May 30 2011 at the Vienna University of Technology.


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