Southeast Asia offers first master’s degree on renewable energy

Southeast Asia offers first master’s degree on renewable energy

Engineers in Southeast Asia can now enroll in a renewable energy course for their master’s degree.

A green energy engineering course will soon open at the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) in Batac City, Ilocos Norte, under its Professional Science Master’s Program in Renewable Energy Engineering.

MMSU president and 0fficer-in-charge Prima Franco said that the renewable energy course is best offered in Ilocos Norte since the province is “in the heart of renewable energy facilities.”

The two-year master’s program is in collaboration with the Research Triangle Institute and Energy Development Corporation through a Memorandum of Agreement.

The said partnership is a significant achievement that “supports the mutual goal to lead the country in achieving and sustaining broad-based economic growth and development,” said Susan Brems, USAID mission director of the Philippines, Pacific Islands, and Mongolia.

Ilocos Norte is the home of the Bangui Wind Farm located in Bangui Bay. The wind farm, which faces the West Philippine Sea, was established by the Northwind Power Development Corporation in November 2014. It is a 20 unit wind farm with a capacity of 24 megawatts.

In July, the Ilocos Norte provincial board has looked into using renewable energy to solely power the entire province.

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