Saturday, 01 June 2024

Consulting Without Borders LIVE - Perspectives, Episode 24: Rethinking Global Energy Education: Accelerating the Shift to Renewables

Join us for Episode #24 of our monthly livestream, "Consulting Without Borders LIVE - Perspectives," in which we will unveil the findings of a recent study highlighting the urgent need for a shift in global education from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Roman Vakulchuk, Head of the Center for Energy Research at Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), as our guest for a conversation on significant challenges and actions needed to align educational efforts with the global demands for an energy transition.

Roman is a researcher and consultant specializing in emerging markets, energy, and climate change. He holds a PhD degree in Economics from Jacobs University Bremen, Germany. Roman is a member of the Kazakhstan Chamber of Management Consultants (CMC Kazakhstan) and the Central Eurasia Leadership Academy (CELA). He is also a Co-Founder at Central Asian Development Institute (CADI). In 2013, Roman was awarded the Gabriel Al-Salem International Award for Excellence in Consulting.

In this engaging episode, we will discuss:

  1. Current Dominance of Fossil Fuel Education and Stranded Skill Sets: Explore the reasons behind the dominance of fossil fuel-focused education—where educational degrees worldwide account for 68% of global energy education, while renewable energy degrees account for only 32%—and discuss what drives these educational priorities and what risks this creates.
  2. Accelerating the Transition: Discuss actionable strategies and innovative approaches that can be implemented now to accelerate the shift towards 100% renewable energy degrees in universities worldwide and producing skilled human capital for clean energy industries.
  3. Overcoming Financial and Institutional Barriers: Identify and discuss financial obstacles and entrenched practices that block funding for renewable energy education. We'll also talk about important changes needed in schools to better support the growing clean energy workforce.

Don't miss the chance to engage with us live through the comments section by asking questions and sharing your own perspectives.

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