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ACE – Academic Cooperation in Post-graduate Engineering Education


This project aims to establish long term academic collaboration with Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. School of Engineering.

Nazarbayev University (NU) in the field of Low energy design principles and integration of renewable energy technologies in buildings in cold climate. A master course of 10 ECTs will be established and delivered at both institutions as one major outcome of this project. Besides, the project will provide support for student mobility, where master and PhD students from each country will be able to spend three to five months at the partner institution.

This is very beneficial for both students and faculty as this helps to expose students to other teaching and research methodologies and cultures and shares the facilities at both institutions. Furthermore, the project will arrange a one-week summer school, which will provide a platform for students from different disciplines and backgrounds to meet and share knowledge and experiences and learn new skills. Initially, the developed course will be delivered intensively at both institutions as part of their Master programmes in civil engineering but as an elective topic. The course will be offered to existing masters and PhD students and invited stakeholders in the region as part of professional development.

A forum will be established to discuss future educational and research needs relating to problems and challenges linked to the integration of renewable energy technologies in buildings in cold climate. It is predicted that this project, which has a common denominator: integration of renewable energy technologies in buildings in cold climate, will bridge the Norwegian and Kazakhstani educational systems by student exchange and will enhance academic collaboration between the two countries.