Press Release 116/2016

Energy Training Courses in the English Language at KIT

For the International Energy Sector: New Extra-occupational Courses for Specialists and Executive Staff to Start in November
The extra-occupational training courses “Energy Economics” and “Renewable Energies” convey technical expert and English knowledge. (Photo: Markus Breig, KIT)

In many countries of the world, future energy supply is under review: The reasons – energy consumption, climate and environmental protection, outdated infrastructure facilities – are as manifold as are the tasks in the energy sector. Specialized and executive staff must possess latest knowledge of technologies and markets and proficiency in English for communication in international networks. From November, the Center for Technology-Enhanced Learning (ZML) of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), together with KIC Inno-Energy, will offer in addition to the specific course “Energy English” first extra-occupational, online-based training courses in “Energy Economics” and “Renewable Energies” in the English language.


ZML has extended the number of courses offered from five to seven. Apart from the new Energy Economics and Renewable Energies courses in the English language and the Energy English course, ZML will offer training courses on technology assessment and energy turnaround, electrical energy transmission, energy economics, and renewable energies in the German language in spring 2017 again.


The first training course to start in autumn on November 7 is “Energy Economics": The participants will immerse into the European energy market by studying the topics of energy efficiency and technological change. The course “Renewable Energies” will follow on November 14: The participants will learn about the potentials of renewable energies from the technical, physical, ecological, economic, ethical, and political perspectives. The last course this year will be “Energy English” that will start on November 21. It is a language course that is to convey technical and business English for international communication in the energy sector. Interested participants are required to have English proficiency of the level B1 (common European framework of reference for languages).


In 2017, another course will be launched by ZML to account for the central importance of energy storage in connection with the use of renewable energy sources for the energiewende: The course “Energy Storage” will start on March 27, 2017.


All energy-related training courses address professionals having a first university degree or pertinent professional experience. Depending on the focus, the training courses of ZML will provide specialized and executive staff or career changers with the opportunity to reorientate in the energy sector or to enhance specialization. The training courses consist of intensively supported online modules and short attendance phases of usually two times two days within a studies period of six months. “Our courses propel the careers of professionals, who cannot take time out for longer continuing education courses or a second course of study for further qualification. Our courses are highly compatible with the job and family,” Daniel Weichsel, one of the Managing Directors of ZML, says. “Continuing education courses optimally interconnect science and practice. The tutors of the online forums and meetings and lecturers of the attendance phases, who work at renowned universities and institutions, convey the current state of the art taking into account various practical perspectives, basic competences, and learning levels.”


In groups of a maximum of twenty persons, the participants can share their professional experience and discuss concrete questions and problems. Upon successful completion, KIT confers a university certificate of ten ECTS credits. In case participants attend several courses, the certificates obtained may be cumulated in a Diploma of Advanced Studies.


Registration is now open. The courses of ZML are certified education courses.


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The Center for Technology-Enhanced Learning (ZML) is a scientific institution of the House of Competence (HoC). Among the tasks of ZML are the conception, development, execution, and evaluation of distance learning/blended learning courses for basic and continuing education.



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tr, 25.08.2016

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