UNI-SET - A Unique Project

The UNI-SET (UNIversities in the SET-Plan) project aims to mobilise European universities to contribute to the ambitious European energy goals spelled out in the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan), the European Energy Union and the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

For EUA, UNI-SET is a step in further developing the European Platform of Universities in Energy Research & Education (EUA-EPUE), which represents the university sector in the SET-Plan and in the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA). The objective of EUA-EPUE is to pool the collective resources and knowledge available in European universities and to become an interface between European universities and the European institutions.

UNI-SET is mapping existing energy-related Master, Doctorate and Research programmes at European universities and is collecting empirical data about the range of university activities in disciplines and scientific fields related to the SET-Plan. It will also identify the skills and professional profiles needed in the current and future European energy sector.

By these means, the project aims to identify opportunities for universities to engage in new energy-related, multi-disciplinary activities tackling energy-related challenges. It also aims to reduce fragmentation of European universities’ research, education and training capacities in the energy field. Additionally, it seeks to provide opportunities for universities to contribute to policy discussions and to engage in dialogues on the development of the SET-Plan, Horizon 2020 and to participate in consultations on European energy matters and related areas.

UNI-SET is a Coordination and Support Action funded by the European Commission’s (EC) Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). It began in September 2014 and will last three years. UNI-SET is coordinated by EUA and implemented jointly with KU Leuven, representing the universities in KIC InnoEnergy.