New energy scholarships to fund Korean students at UCL’s Australia campus

27 May 2011

A £2 million agreement announced today will enable a total of 18 students from the Korean government and industry to undertake energy-related masters degrees at UCL’s Australian campus over the next six years.

The Torrens Building at the UCL School of Energy and Resources, Australia

UCL, Australian energy company Santos and Korean energy firm KOGAS will each fund six scholarships on the MSc in Energy and Resources delivered by UCL’s School of Energy and Resources in Adelaide, the university’s first international campus.

The UCL scholarships will be divided equally between employees of the Korean Ministry of Knowledge Economy and of KOGAS, with two students taking up the places in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

Over the same period, Australian energy company Santos will provide six scholarships for students from the Korean Ministry of Knowledge Economy, and KOGAS will fund six scholarships for its own staff.

The two-year programme is designed to provide students with a rigorous and comprehensive knowledge of contemporary theory and practice in the sustainable management of energy and natural resources.

David Travers, Chief Executive of the UCL School of Energy and Resources, Australia, said: “The Korean students will study the two-year UCL MSc in Energy and Resources, a unique multidisciplinary degree which includes a year hosted by Australian industry undertaking a major research assignment. Multidisciplinary research skills are increasingly important because technology and business practice is rapidly becoming rapidly more complex.

“Students get the rigour and methodology of a disciplined academic approach, while being ‘embedded’ with a company for nine months in their second year gives them the understanding that complex challenges must be solved in an environment of constantly changing parameters, and that multilateral solutions are often required.”

Mr Travers paid tribute to David Knox, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Santos and a member of the UCL Australia advisory board, for his role in achieving the KOGAS agreement.

Image: The Torrens Building, UCL School of Energy and Resources, Australia

UCL context

The UCL School of Energy and Resources, Australia, opened in early 2010. It provides specialist teaching and research for new graduates and established professionals, to address areas of skill shortage identified by industry and government. It also aims to provide scientists and engineers with management skills through courses designed specifically for the energy sector.

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