EUA Energy & Environment Platform

Europe's universities and the SET Plan – Lessons from the UNI-SET project


23 November 2018

The quarterly SETIS Magazine “Jobs and skills in the energy transition” (December 2018) released an article on lessons learnt from the FP7 UNI-SET project. The article was authored by Lidia Borrell-Damian, EUA`s Director for Research and Innovation.


Entitled ‘Mobilising the Research, Innovation and Educational Capacities of Europe’s Universities in the SET Plan”, the UNI-SET project supported the participation of universities in the SET Plan process and in EU energy research in general. Coordinated by the European University Association (EUA), in partnership with KU Leuven and several universities in InnoEnergy, it mapped the activities of European universities in the energy field and produced an online, interactive Atlas that displays master’s, doctoral and research programmes related to the sector. Additionally, the UNISET project surveyed potential energy field employers to gain insight into the current and future demand for professional skills and knowledge in the sector.

UNI-SET mobilised an extensive network of universities and their business partners and identified skills needed in several areas of the SET Plan priority actions, such as smart grids, system simulation, conventional technologies, renewable technologies, energy efficiency and energy systems control. These are listed in the UNI-SET ‘Energy Action Agenda’. The project also found out that there is a lot of potential for more collaboration between universities and companies to integrate these new skills needs into their curricula and programmes.

EUA, through its Energy and Environment Platform, continues to promote the UNI-SET outputs among its community of practitioners. EUA-EPUE is also regularly consulted by the European Commission, as part of the stakeholders’ community engaged in the implementation of the SET Plan and contributes through its pan-European network of experts in energy research and education. EUA-EPUE is firmly committed to building the European human resource foundation, i.e. people equipped with the most up-to-date knowledge to ensure a sustainable energy future for Europe.

Read the full article in the SETIS Magazine