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M.Sc. in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region (REMENA)

*University of Kassel, Dept. of Electrical Engineering/Computer Science, Communications Lab ComLab, Wilhelmshöher Allee 73, 34121 Kassel, Germany
*Cairo University, Faculty of Engineering, Giza, 12613 Egypt
*University of Monastir, National Engineering School of Monastir, ENIM, 5019 Monastir, Tunisia

University of Kassel: +49 561 804 6419
Cairo University: +20 2 35678264
University of Monastir: + 216 98 45 20 98

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Type of course

Language of tuition

Length of course
Overall length of 24 months:
The REMENA Master program has recently been reformed to a 4 semester 120 ECTS Master program and can be studied in six different study modes based on the sites where the studies are accomplished, namely, Cairo University (CU)/Egypt, University of Monastir (UM)/Tunisia, University of Kassel (UKAS)/Germany and University of Sfax (US)/Tunisia. Please visit our website for further details on the possible study modes.

Students who start in summer 2020 in Kassel will have the chance to spend the second summer semester in Sfax/Tunisia. They also may apply for ERASMUS+ funding for their study period at ENIS in Sfax, Tunisia. Find more information on our new study modes, modules and regulations: Curriculum, Modules, Study Regulations.

Date of commencement
March (2020) for summer term, i.e. start of studies in Kassel/Germany
September (2020) for winter term, i.e. start of studies in Cairo/Egypt or Monastir/Tunisia
From summer term 2020 onwards, the summer term will start start in March always.

Class size

Cost / fees
The costs to be covered by each student per semester amount to ~ 4,300 Euro on average/semester depending on study site and lifestyle 2,500 Euro special service fees/semester

Student grants / Financial assistance
The REMENA Master program is open to all nationalities. A limited number of scholarships for excellent applicants from Egypt or Tunisia is available under certain conditions.

A limited number of ERASMUS+ funding opportunities is available upon application for the summer semester in Sfax (study modes 5 + 6). Depending on the applicant’s nationality, it is also possible to apply for education loans in your home-country, use governmental scholarships if offered in your home-country, or apply for individual support under program lines from private and public exchange services

Accommodation available.

Major recruiters of graduates of our programmes
Companies in the energy sector, international organisations, government institutions (ministries, energy authorities), international organisations, NGOs, engineering companies, research institutes in renewable energy and energy efficiency and “green” building technology, biotechnology for biomass.

Student profile
1.Countries of origin: All nationalities are welcome to apply. We have trained students from Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Columbia, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, Germany, India, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Lebanon, Nepal, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Yemen, that is from 23 nationalities up to date.
2.Ratio Men/Women: Intended 50/50 Currently: Ranges between 70/30 and 90/10
3.Age Range: 23-39
4.Average Age: 27
5.Average Work Experience: The target group of this postgraduate course are young professionals from the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency, who have some initial work experience in this field. On average REMENA students have worked in a related field.

Admission requirements
The program is directed to young professionals with working experience and a high motivation to contribute to introducing a sustainable energy supply and to the development in the Arab region in general, which includes a keen interest in the culture and language. The participants should aspire to make a career in the international energy sector.

Minimum requirements are:
- a B.Sc. degree in engineering, architecture, natural sciences, economics, or social sciences
- experience in a field related to the REMENA study focus
- high motivation
- fluent in English (B2 CEFR) or undergraduate studies in English or mother tongue.

Programme Directors
University of Kassel: Prof. Dr. sc. techn. Dirk Dahlhaus
Cairo University: Prof. Dr. Adel Khalil
University of Monastir: Dr. Souheil El Alimi
Optional exchange semester University of Sfax: Dr. Ahmed Masmoudi

University of Kassel, Germany
Cairo University, Egypt
University of Monastir, Tunisia

M.Sc. in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region (REMENA)

The REMENA Master program: Together Today for a Sustainable Energy Future

This master program provides young professionals with technical and managerial knowledge in the renewable energy and energy efficiency (REEE) sector and with intercultural competencies. Both aspects are equally important when taking up leadership positions in the renewable energy sector and to work effectively in the framework of international cooperation.

Countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region face a change in energy policy due to the depleting resources of fossil fuels, the rising prices, and growing demand.

Sustainable energy supply will remain one of the most crucial challenges for the Arab region in the coming decades and also a main focus in developing cooperation. Experience shows that there is a lack of energy experts being familiar not only with technological aspects, but also with the culture, language and politics of Arab and Western European countries.

Three universities – the University of Kassel, Germany, Cairo University, Egypt, and the University of Monastir, Tunisia – in cooperation with institutions and companies in the renewable energy sector have combined their expertise to design an attractive master program to guarantee an excellent education for young experts to meet the challenges of sustainable energy supply and renewable energy and energy efficiency topics. The program is currently being extended further to diversify the study contents. An even broader range of topics will be offered by outsourcing to more REMENA University Network (RUN) partners for optional exchange semesters.

The program is directed to young professionals with work experience and a high motivation to contribute to introducing a sustainable energy supply and to the development in the Arab region in general, which includes a keen interest in the other culture and language. Students follow this program at different locations: 6 months in Cairo or in Monastir, 6 months in Kassel and 9 months in the MENA region, Germany or any other country. The course includes intensive German/Arabic language courses and modules in intercultural training.

English is the language of instruction. Upon successful completion of the course, a Master of Science degree is awarded (in study mode 1: Double Degree from Cairo University and the University of Kassel, or in study mode 2: Double Degree from the University of Monastir and the University of Kassel):

The objective of the interdisciplinary and application-oriented master program is to train more and better qualified engineers and project managers to help implement standards in REEE in the energy sector.

We offer
• living and learning in the MENA region and Germany
• courses and technical field visits on the latest concepts and technologies of REEE
• getting first hand advice from high level professionals and experts in the Arab and German energy sector
• training in intercultural competencies
• courses in project management
• master thesis in institutions in the MENA-Region
• contacts to institutions and projects in German-Arab cooperation. In order to participate you should
• be highly motivated to learn and work in a bicultural environment,
• be ready for an intensive full time programme,
• have a professional or academic background related to the energy sector,
• be fluent in English (B2 level according to CEFR),
• be willing to take up leadership positions in the future in the energy sector.

Your prospects are
• excellent career opportunities in international cooperation and development assistance or research institutions in the field of REEE
• working for companies in the expanding business sector "Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency" in the MENA-Region in Germany or in other countries.
• leadership positions in the public and private energy sector
• to become part of a network between Germany and the MENA region in the field of REEE.

A Joint Program

Three universities – the University of Kassel (UKAS), Cairo University (CU) and the University of Monastir, Tunisia – in cooperation with institutions and companies in the renewable energy sector have combined their expertise to design an attractive master program to guarantee an excellent education for young experts to meet the challenges of a sustainable energy supply.

- At UKAS, a wide range of experts contribute to the program. Located at the Dept. of Electrical Engineering/Computer Science (EECS), the research group for Efficient Energy Conversion with expertise in renewable energies, the Communications Lab with expertise in smart grids, the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy Systems Technology (IWES) , the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics (IBP) and lecturers from other universities and institutes contribute to the program. Alumni of the Dept. of EECS have founded the world’s leading manufacturer and market leader for solar inverters SMA located in Kassel.

- At CU, experienced faculty members from different engineering departments such as Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, Aeronautical and Architectural Engineering contribute to teaching in the program. Specialized laboratory, computer centre and library facilities are available to students. The Faculty of Engineering with its rich history since 1816 has strong links to public and private sector industry, plays a major role in community service and research in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

- At UM, the Engineering School ENIM founded in 2004, with its tracks in electrical engineering, energy engineering (modeling and simulation), mechanical engineering and textile engineering, hosts the REMENA program. ENIM and the University of Monastir are members of the DESERTEC University Network DUN and the Mediterranean Network of Engineering Schools, and provide excellent teaching and research, as well as active student life, like the ENIM energy club.

The Universities

- The University of Kassel, founded in 1971, is characterised by a multi-layered competence network, focused on nature, technology, art and society. The university with its 12 faculties and Academy of Arts has committed itself to international cooperation and interdisciplinary research. It hosts guests from over 100 countries among its 24,000 students. With about 300 professors, the university offers study programs within the fields of engineering, natural sciences and mathematics on the one hand and humanities, social sciences and the arts on the other.

Internationally oriented study courses as well as English-taught programs and classes make the university an attractive place to study and to do research. The university offers three master programs in renewable energies. Strategic partnerships at home and abroad strengthen its position in national and international competition.

The university also provides a wide range of leisure-time activities such as sports facilities, international meetings and events. The town of Kassel has about 200,000 inhabitants is located in the heart of Germany on the Fulda River and offers a rich cultural and economic diversity.

- Cairo University has 26 faculties and hosts over 200,000 students. The Faculty of Engineering - (FECU) established in 1905 at its current location in Cairo University campus hosts 15,000 undergraduate students and 3,000 graduate students. The FECU has about 700 full time faculty members in 14 different Engineering Departments in the Giza and Sheikh Zayed Campuses. In addition to the numerous student laboratories, FECU has 8 service laboratories as well as 15 community service centres offering training, research and consultation to industry and service sectors.

The FECU is located in Giza on the River Nile and offers many excursions to energy projects as well as recreational and cultural tours to historic sites such as the pyramids, citadel, museums, ancient sites in Upper Egypt, Red Sea /Mediterranean Sea resorts.

- The University of Monastir (UM) was founded in 2004, and it currently comprises 16 establishments – 5 faculties and 9 institutes. It has almost 25,000 students. Being a multidisciplinary University it offers a wide range of courses on postgraduate Master level including 10 Research Masters, 15 Professional Masters and has more than 30 international cooperation projects on University level.

ENIM, the Engineering School of UM, offers 4 national diplomas, 1 professional Master and 4 doctorates, and hosts an overall of 4,000 students in Engineering Sciences, and almost 3,000 in Informatics and Telecommunications. Well equipped labs are available, and a number of RE sites are within easy reach.

ENIM is located in the city of Monastir, a town by the Mediterranean Sea with a rich historical past.

The University of Sfax (US) with its Engineering School ENIS, is an exchange partner. US is divided into 7 departments including Environmental Engineering.

The main goal of ENIS is to pursue excellence in technical science, as proven by the establishment of numerous research laboratories deeply involved in national and international research projects. Sfax is located by the Mediterranean sea, with a historical Medina (old city).

Today it is home to a number of industries beside agricultural production of almonds and olives.