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Central Asia is a geographical area with an increasing tendency in energy consumption from conventional fuels. Furthermore, in these countries the production units as well as the energy transmission networks are technologically old, resulting to a great waste of energy with significant environmental pollution. At the same time, these countries have a satisfactory solar and wind energy potential as well as a large quantity of biomass. However, in their Universities there is no possibility of training in the technologies of renewable energy sources because there is no suitable qualified staff or modern laboratories for students practice.

These are indications for the need to establish a program for Renewable Energy technologies.

The Department of Energy Technology Engineering at the TEI of Athens, in response to this demand, submitted a proposal to the European Union in 2006, about the establishment of a postgraduate program on Renewable Energy Sources in two Central Asian countries.

Adapting education to modern needs


The European Union adopted the proposal submitted through a competitive process by the Professor of the Department of Energy Technology Engineering of the TEI of Athens, Mr. Petros Axaopoulos, for the organization of the postgraduate program in Renewable Energy. In parallel, a similar laboratory was created in the Universities of the two Central Asia countries, the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Each laboratory consists of modern equipment and advanced educational software tools, as well as multiple teaching facilities. In addition to teaching postgraduate courses to students, a lot of seminar courses have been organized addressing executives in energy sources and technical services of various ministries throughout the territory of the two countries. The theoretical teaching model was accompanied by corresponding laboratory model teaching, using modern equipment and instruments which were introduced for the first time in these countries. The organization of the postgraduate course based on European standards as well as the modern equipment of the laboratories, attracted the attention of several foreign diplomatic committee member who have visited the laboratories and have been informed about the postgraduate program.

This project will provide multiple benefits, because energy technology is one of the major factors that may affect economic growth, social progress and environmental protection in Central Asia countries.

Innovative University of Eurasia (InEU)
Tajik Technical University

The European CRETA program is coordinated by the Department of Energy Technology Engineering, TEI of Athens, with the European contribution of the Royal Institute of Technology of Sweden and the University of Hamburg of Germany. As far as Central Asia is concerned, the program takes place with the participation of the Innovative University of Eurasia of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Tajik Technical University of the Republic of Tajikistan.

Professor Petros Axaopoulos, won a medal as well as an Energy Sector Excellence award in 2009 and 2010, from the Ministry of Energy of Tajikistan as well as honorable mentions from the Rectorate Authorities of the two Universities from Central Asia for his contribution to these countries through the postgraduate program for Renewable Energy Sources.



Petros Axaopoulos, Professor of the Department of Energy Technology Engineering, Project Coordinator of the “Curriculum development in Renewable Energy Technologies in central Asia universities” (CRETA).