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Renewable Energy Summer School

Renewable Energy Summer School

The Summer Course in the Heart of Europe

The Renewable Energy Summer School as part of the International Summer University at Kassel is a unique short term education program specially dedicated to international students. Every year about 50 participants take seminar classes in specially created modules, focusing on the main issues of the current globalization trends. 

All seminars will be taught by faculty members from the respective disciplines of the University of Kassel. Each seminar consists of 20 contact hours and is worth 3 credit points. You can choose 2 seminars from the following: 

Environmental Engineering and Renewable Energies

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The seminar is geared mainly towards students with a technical background, particularly the engineering sciences. This Environmental Engineering course focuses on the specific subject area Renewable Energies.
The class provides the opportunity to learn more about German and European perspectives on energy while covering topics such as wind energy, photovoltaic, geothermal technologies, hydropower and solar thermal technology.

Field trips demonstrate the real life environmental and economic impact of these new and promising technologies.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The interdisciplinary seminar is built around a series of lectures concerned with environmental engineering and renewable energies, delivered by professors from diverse disciplines. Students learn from and are inspired by leading academics working at the forefront of their fields. All lectures are additionally attended by tutors who supervise the students throughout the series. These tutors also accompany the students on field trips and help them prepare for the final exam.

COURSE MATERIALS

Introductory recommendation before the course starts: The Global Status Report REN21- Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st century: http://www.ren21.net/ren21activities/globalstatusreport.aspx

All further material will be given during the course.

DOWNLOAD: Complete Course Outline - Environmental Engineering and Renewable Energies

Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Adaptation to the consequences of climate change, such as extreme weather conditions and changing rainfall distribution is one of the major challenges facing science and technology. Climate projections indicate a number of challenges we have to confront. This course is intended to provide an overview of adaptation requirements, especially in areas of importance for business and society which stand to be affected by climate change. In particular, the commercial sectors of tourism and health, transport and energy technologies, not to mention agriculture, forestry, and water management, are of major significance.

Problems posed by climate change, with specific reference to the region of North Hesse, will be examined in order to develop and implement possible strategies of adaptation.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The interdisciplinary seminar is built around a series of lectures concerned with climate change adaptation strategies, delivered by professors from diverse disciplines. Students learn from and are inspired by leading academics working at the forefront of their fields.
All lectures are additionally attended by tutors who supervise the students throughout the series. They also accompany the students on field trips and help them prepare for the final exam.

COURSE MATERIALS

Introductory recommendation before the course starts: The Global Status Report REN21- Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st century: http://www.ren21.net/ren21activities/globalstatusreport.aspx

All further material will be given during the course.

DOWNLOAD: Complete Course Outline - Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change

Engineering Science of Wind Energy Systems

COURSE DESCRIPTION

There has never been so much wind power than today. It has increased to 51 GW worldwide. This is one reason why manufactures, service providers and evaluators require highly qualified employees with specific skills in wind energy. The University of Kassel and the Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology (IEE) registered this development several years ago. Therefore, these two partners established an advanced study program – Wind Energy Systems Online (wes.online). The summer university course ‘Engineering Science of Wind Energy Systems – Fundamentals, Technology and Practical Investigations’, on campus, is a part of the above mentioned master programme, introduces the main aspects of the technology and operation of wind turbines and wind farms. Furthermore, fundamentals of mechanical and electrical engineering are included. This fundamental knowledge is enhanced by laboratory studies at the University of Kassel and Fraunhofer IEE and excursions to wind farms, wind industry and wind research institutes.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The interdisciplinary seminar is built around a series of lectures concerned with wind energy systems (WES), delivered by professors from diverse disciplines. Students learn from and are inspired by leading academics working at the forefront of their fields. All lectures are additionally attended by tutors who supervise the students throughout the series. These tutors also accompany the students on field trips and help them prepare for the final exam.

 COURSE MATERIALS

-  All material will be available for download on the internet learning environment of the course.

DOWNLOAD: Complete Course Outline - Engineering Science of Wind Energy Systems

Introduction to Earthquake Engineering

IMPORTANT - No Earthquake Engineering in 2019:
We are sorry to announce that, due to colliding responsibilities of our professors, we can not offer this course for the ISU 2019.


COURSE DESCRIPTION

The student will be made familiar with methods and recent developments in the multidisciplinary field of Earthquake Engineering, including an introduction to tectonics and seismology, earthquake risk modelling and own investigation in a street survey. The course combines lectures, exercises and practice.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Students should develop a first understanding of the multi-disciplinary and complex nature of problems in earthquake engineering by acquiring basic knowledge in seismology, the behavior of structures and the seismic risk of large urban centers. They should also develop an initial understanding of modern methods to mitigate seismic risk through the improvement of the building stock.

COURSE MATERIALS

All material will be given during the course.

DOWNLOAD: Complete Course Outline - Introduction to Earthquake Engineering

In addition to the two seminars you have chosen, you will also take part in the German language course.

German Language Course

German as a Foreign Language (40 hours)
 
Studying German in Germany and practicing your skills in everyday situations is a very effective way to improve your German.

The Summer School offers German language courses at three different levels - depending on the number of participants and their German language skills. Students will be assigned to the level that best fits their competence.

Our language courses are designed to fit the criteria of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (European Language Portfolio). The ISU program offers courses at the following levels: A1 (beginners) and, depending on the level of the participants, A2, B1, B2 and C1. The description explains which language skills you will have AFTER the course [... more Information].

The applied teaching and learning methods are based on a progressive and innovative concept which includes, among others, team work, games, and CALL (computer-aided language learning), etc. Students will study in small groups and in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Our experienced teachers are carefully selected. They are especially qualified for teaching German as a foreign language.

 

According to their personal interest students are able to gain useful insights in the chosen field of study and improve their intercultural communication skills in a highly international learning environment.

The university program is combined with excursions to companies, historic places/towns near Kassel and several leisure time activities. All included in the program fee. Kassel's location in central Germany makes other destinations in Germany and Europe easily reachable within a few hours. A excursion to Berlin is optional.

In addition, students will be accommodated at a host family for the time of their stay. Due to this structure the program guarantees a broad and realistic impression of German culture, historical heritage and daily life in modern society.


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