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Focus: Renewable Energy Innovation & Sustainability

A TGP experience for university faculty and staff.

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Program Information

University: Reykjavik University – Iceland School of Energy 
Course: Renewable Energy Innovation & Sustainability
Credentials: Smart Certificate
Duration: 8-days / 9-days

Expand your university’s global sustainability education today. Travel to Iceland to gain a first-hand experience, and review our on-site program.
*Funding is available

Reykjavik University is ranked in 301-350th place in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking, making RU the highest ranked university in Iceland. For the third consecutive year, RU ranks highest of all universities for scientific citations, which is an estimate of universities’ research influence. 

University faculty and staff have a unique opportunity to experience a full TGP program alongside students, and review our onsite programming. Tour program facilities, stay at local accommodations, meet our team, and discover the successes and challenges of a country that sources nearly 100% of its energy from renewable energy. Hike, explore, and step out of your comfort-zone while adventuring in Iceland’s natural wonders! 

  • Observe lectures from Reykjavik University – Iceland School of Energy
  • Gain exclusive access into Iceland’s renewable energy industry and local professionals
  • See the effects of climate change on a glacier first-hand, and more! 
    Course Description

    The GREEN Program is a 50+ hour intensive program held in partnership between The GREEN Program and Iceland School of Energy at Reykjavik University. Our faculty and industry experts teach classes on sustainable entrepreneurship and policy, geology, geothermal energy, hydroelectric power, and electric power systems. The course also includes facility tours to various power plants for hands-on learning such as hydroelectric and geothermal power plants.

    During the course, students form interdisciplinary groups and develop a final Capstone Project on a specific renewable energy subject which they present for evaluation in the end of the course. Each group is required to present a project highlighting an identified problem and solution to progress the SDGs. Students are required to present the project in full detail and cover the financial, political, education, engineering and social impact aspects of their innovative idea.

    Learn more about the course below and at Reykjavik University’s website here.

    Objective and Outcomes

    The objective of this course is to develop an understanding of various renewable energy technologies, its challenges and innovations in Iceland, and how it relates to global perspectives in the industry. See below for course outcomes.

      Iceland Familiarization Program

      Location: South Coast, Iceland
      University: Reykjavik University – Iceland School of Energy
      Focus: Renewable Energy Innovation & Sustainability

      Program Dates Now Enrolling:

      March 6-13, 2022

      March 13-20, 2022

      May 16-24, 2022

      Program Capacity: 30-40 (5 University Faculty/Staff each)
      Length: 8-9 Days

      Program Fee: 
      TGP Partners: $600 
      Standard: $800

      *TGP’s partner universities receive $3,600 in funding. Non-partner universities receive $3,400 in funding. The price reflected above is the reduced fee for registration and placement.

      Program Highlights

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      Iceland, the land of clean energy
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      See the effects of climate change on our glacier hike Video credit: arctic adventures iceland
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      Waterfall explorations Video credit: Cluster Films
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      Gain inside access to one of Iceland’s premier hydroelectric facilities Video credit: Mannvit
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      Hike Icelandic highlands Video credit: Ivan Bondarenko
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      Visit one of the largest geothermal plants in the world

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      Curriculum Highlights

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      Iceland, the land of clean energy Examine how Iceland’s natural history has shaped the widespread utilization of renewables and successfully transformed its energy sector to an unprecedented degree.
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      Basics of hydropower

      Gain an overview of hydropower, its design challenges, and environmental impact. Analyze the global capacity and future predictions of the technical potential of undeveloped resources.

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      Geothermal energy – part I & II Discover the origin of geothermal energy, exploration techniques, utilization, use of geothermal energy, and economic aspects of geothermal energy.
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      Energy policy & entrepreneurship Learn about what’s driving energy policymaking by focusing on the “why” from a political, economic and planning perspective.
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      Electric power systems Explore the history of power systems with principles and concepts of reliability and resilience in the context of increased renewable generation.
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      Weekly office hours Gain direct access to global faculty members along the way at the weekly office hours that will be hosted via Zoom.
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      Course Outcomes

      Earn a Smart Certificate built for career impact

      Upon completion, you’ll receive a digital Smart Certificate as your certificate of completion.
      Boost your LinkedIn and global experience, and gain access to real job-insights and data.

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      Accurate insights tied to real skills

      We take the guesswork out of the outcomes. Gain job insights that are tied directly to the skills & learning outcomes of the course.

      Your digital certificate uses block-chain and machine learning technology that will showcase each skill’s career value and connects you with real jobs that require those skills.

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      More metrics, more value

      Get even more insight into the job market by receiving salary ranges specific to your certification’s skills and which companies are interested in hiring the skills that your certification provides. Identify the employers that have the biggest demand for skills that you attained through your TGP course.

      Job insight data

      Your smart certificate will connect your credentials with real-time job data from around the world. The job data that our partners use is gathered from 65,000 global information sources; 143 gigs of raw data every day!

      Using machine learning and statistical insights we’re able to connect the skills that you gain with the jobs available today.


      Helping to improve impactful careers

      TGP’s smart certificates enables participants to explore the roles that are available to them once you complete the course. Real-time, open jobs are just a few clicks away from your certificate. We’re ready to start delivering career impact directly!
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      Secure with confidence

      Secure your spot with confidence knowing that if your program is affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions, we offer flexible terms for you to switch your program or receive a full-credit towards a future program.


      Sample Itinerary

      *Note: This is a sample itinerary. Itineraries are subject to change.
      Participants should be prepared to hike several miles through various terrains and weather conditions (i.e. snow).

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      What’s included?

      We take care of everything from when you land in Iceland until departure.
      Earn a Smart Certificate upon completion of the Familiarization Program, and get access to TGP’s Alumni Network.

      •  Education Materials: Prepare for your experience before you travel with your pre-program resources and educational materials 
      • Classes: Lectures from industry leaders and faculty from Reykjavik University – Iceland School of Energy 
      • Credit: 3 ECTS or 1.5 US academic credits from Reykjavik University’s School of Science and Engineering
      • Advancement: Automatic advancement in Iceland School of Energy at Reykjavik University’s Master’s Program application process
      • Facility Tours: Exclusive access and private tours to world leading hydroelectric and geothermal facilities
      • Capstone Project: Innovation facilitation and panel assessment
      • Adventure excursions: Step out of your comfort-zone and experience ziplining, white water rafting, and more! 
      • All meals: We support locally owned restaurants, and will accommodate most dietary preferences/restrictions
      • Accommodations and lodging: Your home away from home will be at locally owned lodging sites throughout your program
      • All in-country transportation: From airport pick up to airport drop-off, and everything in-between, we got you covered
      • Exclusive membership: Join the TGP Alumni Network for sustainability job postings, travel, networking, and mentorship for students

      What’s not included: Flights, travel insurance, and passport/visa fees

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      Get started now
      Now accepting applications from university faculty and staff who are interested in partnering with The GREEN Program and joining our mission.

      Have questions? See our FAQ page.
      Or contact [email protected]

      TGP Partners

      Reduced Program Fee of $600

      Secure your spot with a one-time, easy payment


      Receive $3,600 in funding


      Review and vet TGP's onsite program first-hand


      Get started on your adventure right away!

      Standard Fee

      Reduced Program Fee of $800

      Secure your spot with a one-time, easy payment


      Receive $3,400 in funding


      Review and vet TGP's onsite program first-hand


      Get started on your adventure right away!

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      Are you ready to go GREEN?

      Your first step is to complete and submit an application. Upon acceptance, a TGP member will reach out to you with your next steps for enrollment. We look forward to traveling with you soon! (Please note that spots fill on a first-come, first-serve basis.)

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