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Students from all over the world in Denmark to learn about wind energy

When the engineering students of the world want to learn about wind turbine technology, they turn to Denmark. Forty-four talented young students are attending Aarhus University to take part in the international Wind Power Summer School.

2015.08.12 | Kim Harel

Every year, Aarhus University organises an international summer school in collaboration with Siemens Wind Power and Vestas, which attracts talented students from abroad. (Photo: Henrik Olsen, Aarhus University School of Engineering archive)

Forty-four engineering students from thirteen different countries have been admitted to this year’s international Wind Power Summer School at Aarhus University. (Photo: Anders Trærup)

Joshua Smith from Australia would like to work in the energy sector. He came to Denmark to learn more about the production and distribution of wind energy. (Photo: Anders Trærup)

A total of forty-four students are currently attending the international summer school on wind energy at Aarhus University.

“We’re noticing a growing tendency among engineering students from all corners of the world to turn their attention towards Denmark if they want to specialise in sustainable energy,” says Director Conni Simonsen, Aarhus University School of Engineering.

The summer school aims to teach talented young students to apply their engineering skills to solving some of the key technological problems related to the production and distribution of wind energy.

Aarhus University organised the summer school in collaboration with Siemens Wind Power and Vestas, and the programme includes both theory and company visits.

Denmark – a wind laboratory
Attending the summer school are BSc, MSc and PhD students, all of whom have chosen to spend their summer holidays studying wind turbines and the integration of wind in the energy system.

One of the students offered a place at the summer school is Joshua Smith from Australia. He says that Denmark has a strong reputation among foreign engineering students when it comes to research, test facilities and education in sustainable utilities.

“I’ve been interested in the energy sector for a long time, and Denmark is far ahead of other countries when it comes to wind technology. It also has some extremely interesting companies. The summer school provides me with a unique opportunity to acquire new knowledge from both the world of research and the business sector,” he says.

Young people from abroad hungry for corporate know-how
The foreign students’ growing interest in the university’s annual Wind Power Summer School is partly due to the study model that involves very close collaboration with the business sector.

“The students come here because they want a part of our knowledge and to create a greener future for their homelands. They have an opportunity to get close to the companies in this branch, and they’re encouraged to use their theoretical knowledge to solve real and current technological problems. It’s a type of teaching that’s usually new to them,” says Associate Professor Christina Munk, Aarhus University School of Engineering, who is the academic head of the summer school.

The Wind Power Summer School has a limited number of places and therefore admits applicants on the basis of previous study achievements and their motivation for taking part.

For more information, please contact

Director Conni Simonsen
Aarhus University School of Engineering

Associate Professor Christina Munk
Aarhus University School of Engineering (responsible for the summer school)

This year’s Wind Power Summer School takes place on 2–14 August at the Laugesens Have Conference Centre, Knivsbækvej 13, 6920 Videbæk.

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