Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency MBA


Course Description

Program Background

The concept of the German “Energiewende” – literally, energy transition – has gained international attention. It includes a variety of measures that aim at making Europe’s largest economy free of fossil fuels and nuclear energy. In order to attain this, all areas of energy production and consumption will have to go through a transition process. Besides mobility and industry, buildings are therefore one of the key factors for a successful Energiewende.

Most of all, this implies re-directing from a mainly fossil-fueled energy supply towards renewable energies and a much more energy-efficient use of energy in buildings and urban areas. This is one of the largest and most urgent challenges of current urban development and other social disciplines.

Finding solutions to such a complex challenge means that a multitude of actors from business, society, and public administration take part in the process and influence it with their differing and often conflicting interests. Resulting from this is the need for skilled workers who both understand all stakeholders and can work with them.

Building Sustainability

Strategic concepts for communication and cooperation in large-scale projects are crucial for their success. Whereas, “simply” building a house has become a manageable task, things become much more complicated when considering the urban environment and wider interests such as energy efficiency. The Master program, Building Sustainability, focuses therefore, not only on technical and economic perspectives, but also aims at imparting relevant knowledge from other disciplines. This means that the scope of the program is both broad and specific at the same time. The combination of technology, management and sustainability-related topics is therefore a unique opportunity for young professionals to extend their skills.

The MBA program Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency of the Technische Universität Berlin will teach students skills, methods, and concepts to consider different approaches, to understand them and to align them for reaching sustainable solutions. Such competences are not only important in the context of the Energiewende but they are indispensable in every building, construction and real estate project that takes energy efficiency and other sustainability criteria into account.

The idea is that sustainable project results that consider economic, ecological, and social aspects can only be achieved in extensive cooperation of all stakeholders. Managing and moderating such a cooperation is one of the major challenges of implementing sustainability in building projects of all scales. The program aims therefore on enabling students to understand the complexity of planning and management processes and to develop according solutions. This will happen in modules with different approaches: some will teach facts and numbers, others will facilitate connections between different fields and the softer skills of mediating between them and some are designed to apply these competences to practical projects.

The TU-Campus EUREF is located on the EUREF (European Energy Forum) campus in Berlin-Schöneberg. This former industrial area has been developed into a research hub for energy efficiency, renewable energies, and smart grids. Students will gain insight into the numerous real-life examples of building sustainability without having to leave the campus.

Students and graduates

The program addresses a broad group of professionals with varying academic backgrounds, mostly in engineering and technology, management, economics, architecture and urban or environmental planning. However, applicants with other academic backgrounds coupled with working experience in a related field are also encouraged to apply, personal motivation plays an important role in the selection process. Class diversity is one of its greatest assets, as students will not only learn from lecturers with science and business backgrounds, but also from each other.

Graduates will be able to moderate and manage complex projects in the construction, real estate, and planning sector. They will be able to assess the project from technical, ecological, and economic perspectives and find solutions which take all stakeholders into account.

Curriculum

Management decisions in the sustainable building sector require a profound understanding of the sector’s technical, economic, legal, and entrepreneurial peculiarities. Climate and economic changes, controversial opinions, technological progress as well as regulation shape and limit the entrepreneurial room, but also offer chances and opportunities. The industry, therefore, requires broadly skilled individuals who are experts in the field.

The master program is taught over a period of three semesters. The first semester covers the technical, economic, entrepreneurial and legal foundations for management decisions in the sustainable building sector; the second semester deepens this view and looks at business practices, offers a review of current challenges with a lecture series and an provides application of the skills acquired in an interdisciplinary project; the third semester broadens the view while simultaneously focusing on practice according to student’s individual interests. All semesters include lectures, tutorials, seminars as well as excursions, online materials related to practice and extracurricular activities. The Master Thesis is written at the end of the third semester and concludes the program.


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Digital Transformation, Automation and Energy Management – Key words in today’s ever changing and rapidly developing world that is shaped by the energy paradox: A growing demand for energy that is confronted by the undebatable need for lower CO2 emissions.
How can this issue be resolved? In the way we consume energy we need to be far more efficient and sustainable. In the Master-in-Energy MBA programs at TU Berlin that are generously funded by Schneider Electricy students get the opportunity to become experts in the field of energy management and digitization to be Young Industry Leaders’ and to be ready to take on key roles in today’s industries.The available scholarships will be awarded to applicants admitted to one of the following programs:
Energy Management (MBA)
Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency (MBA)
Sustainable Mobility Management (MBA)During your studies you will have the opportunity to get firsthand practical experience working at the interface between customer and technology in different departments at Schneider Electric. Thus, you can directly apply your recently acquired know-how in a real company context and shape the direction your career is heading to.

Value of Scholarship(s)

15000/18000 €

Eligibility

Application and Admission for the master's program on Energy Management (MBA), Building Sustainability (MBA) or Sustainable Mobility Management (MBA) at TU-Campus EUREF of "Technische Universität Berlin".

Application Procedure

Selection criteria:
- successfully completed selection process for one of the above mentioned MBA programs
- at least 1 year of relevant, postgraduate work experience
- excellent academic background in a technical field (electrical engineering, energy engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, building technology or similar)
- likely personal contribution to the program and financial need
- willingness to learn German and to work in Germany after graduation, preferably in sales-related functions
- intellectual and analytical curiosity, a focus on community and the will to create a true impact on the sustainability of our planet

The application deadline is April 30th

Required application materials:
- completed application for Energy Master Programs at TU Berlin
- scholarship essay demonstrating motivation for applying for the scholarship (max. 2 pages)

Foreign and German applicants are equally welcome. Among identically qualified candidates, female applicants will be favored.

Further Information

https://master-in-energy.com/young-industry-leaders-scholarship/



Entry Requirements

A University degree or degrees recognized by German universities with at least 210 ECTS. Working experience of at least one year, preferably in your field of study, preformed after graduation. English skills equal to level B2 or higher of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) – not required for high school graduation with English language.

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