Lund University (LU) has been awarded a grant from the European Union Tempus Programme to fund the development of Master programmes on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Buildings in Central Asia and Russia (MAPREE). The project started October 15, 2012 and will end in October 14, 2015.
Through the MAPREE project, partner universities from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Russian Federation will develop a new master programme in the areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency in buildings in order to encourage the possibilities to decrease the energy use in buildings and minimize the environmental impact. The master programme will be structured according to the Bologna three cycle system and the European Credit Transfer System and include the development of appropriate laboratory components and field experiment tools based on interactive learning and teaching. The graduated masters on civil engineering will be prepared to meet the market needs and the building/energy efficiency codes of the Partner countries in order to establish sustainable energy development and efficient energy practices.
The Mapree project will also establish training courses for professional civil engineers and architects in the areas of applied energy for buildings as well as promote technological and scientific co-operation between universities and appropriate construction (and other) companies.
Finally the Mapree project will also strengthen the collaboration between the participating universities from EU, Central Asia and Russia.
The target groups will primarily be bachelor students in the 12 universities the Partner countries. Other target groups are professional architects, engineers and technicians working in the energy and building market, who could take part in some special courses or seminars organized for example in collaboration with the engineers syndicates.
There are totally 22 partners in the Mapree project including for 4 universities from each of the partner countries Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Russian Federation together with 7 non-university organizations. From EU there are one university each from Sweden, Estonia and Austria.