More than 80 Students from Around the World Joined Summer School on Smart Energy Systems at TPU

The International Summer School on Smart Energy Systems has started at Tomsk Polytechnic University. Its participants will compete in case study on smart energy systems.

The ESSENCE Summer School is an extra-curricular educational course within the ESSENCE Project, supported by the European ERASMUS+ program and organized by the participating universities. The school is held remotely and will last for three weeks, from 5 to 28 July. The working language is English. More than 80 students from Russia, Vietnam, France, Latvia, Slovakia, Great Britain, India, Sri Lanka, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan and Turkey are participating in the event.

"Amidst the pandemic, student academic mobility was put on hold. Hence, many activities, including the summer school, had to be moved online. Needless to say that running an international school with such an extensive geography (time zone difference is up to 8 hours) and a large number of participants is a great challenge. However, we have discovered many interesting opportunities pertaining to this format of interaction and we consider it very promising to arrange similar events in the future," says Anton Prokhorov, the ESSENCE Project Coordinator in Russia, Associate Professor of the TPU Division for Power and Electrical Engineering.

All participants of the summer school were divided into teams for solving cases on smart energy. Mentors from the organizing universities of the summer school project were assigned to assist each team.

In preparation for solving cases, the students can listen to e-lectures on key considerations of smart energy and take practical courses. In this project, Tomsk Polytechnic University delivers an educational module on microenergy systems and a practical Python programming course.

"The summer school format allows a lot more participants to be involved than an academic mobility program or a double degree between two universities, which means there is an opportunity to get more experience and meet more people.

From the very first hours of the online courses, we observe a high level of activity among students; they do not only perform tasks but also actively interact in chats, helping each other with advice. Such communication is very important when teaching practical skills,"

— adds Anton Prokhorov.

The main goal of the ESSENCE project is to modernize master's degree programs in the field of power engineering by including the digitalization of energy and the formation of intelligent energy systems in the educational process.

For reference:

The ESSENCE project conducted a survey among teachers, students and specialists from electric power companies to identify and analyze topical issues related to the creation of smart grids, determine the requirements for specialists in the field of smart energy. More than 1000 respondents from Europe, Russia and Vietnam took part in it.

As a result of the analysis, the concept of the core curriculum consisting of nine subjects was proposed. A practical training guide for students at the premises of enterprises was developed based on the analysis of interaction experience between universities and industrial companies.

All developed learning materials were tested at the universities-partners of the project. Based on the project results, TPU upgraded the following master's degree programs: Control of Electric Power Systems Modes, IT in Power Engineering.