21-12-2020

A research study recently conducted by EIT InnoEnergy reveals that the world’s top ten universities offer, on average, 2.8 courses focusing on sustainability and energy, compared to a global average of 5.6. KU Leuven leads Europe’s sustainability offering. The Master Energy for Smart Cities and Smart Electrical Networks and Systems developed with InnoEnergy, are also supported by EnergyVille.


A research study recently conducted by EIT InnoEnergy reveals that the world’s top ten universities including the University of Cambridge and Harvard University offer, on average, 2.8 courses focusing on sustainability and energy, compared to a global average of 5.6. KU Leuven leads Europe’s sustainability offering with five sustainability courses (6.84 percent) including Master’s degrees in sustainable development, energy management for smart cities and nuclear engineering. The Master Energy for Smart Cities and Smart Electrical Networks and Systems developed with InnoEnergy, are also supported by EnergyVille.

EIT InnoEnergy

Source image: EIT InnoEnergy, Global Sustainabililty Education Report

The research study made by EIT InnoEnergy considered the standalone sustainable educational output of 27 leading institutions across Europe, the US, Asia and Latin America, with a focus on institutions ranked highly by The Times Higher Education 2020 report and feeder schools to EIT InnoEnergy’s postgraduate degrees.

The output highlighted limited sustainability courses (under 1%) at the University of Oxford (ranked 1st) and Harvard University (7th). The University of Cambridge (3rd) is marginally higher at 1.21%. However, this is significantly less than the likes of institutions such KU Leuven (45th) with a suit of 6.84% sustainability courses in their offer or Universidade de São Paulo, which falls outside of the top 200 Times ranked institutions, but has a greater concentration (7%) of courses teaching specific sustainable energy skills.

The study underlines the forthstriving ambitions and achievements
EIT InnoEnergyof KU Leuven when it comes to accelerating the journey towards sustainability. With five sustainability courses, offered by ESAT, KU Leuven has the leading position in Europe. As a partner of ESAT, EnergyVille has and will continue to help shape and organise these courses.

At the Faculty of Engineering Science, ESAT offers courses centered around sustainability. They include Masters’s degrees in sustainable development, energy management for smart cities and nuclear engineering, which are organised in partnership with EIT InnoEnergy.