Strengthening the Cooperation between the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland and Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design, Ukraine

By Dr. Anatolii Kozlenko, Director of the Energy Efficiency Management Center of Kyiv National University of Technology and Design

On 3 November 2016 at the Kyiv National University of Technology and Design (KNUTD) results of the REPIC1 Project “Enhance energy efficiency of the housing stock in Ukraine (EEEU) through energy performance certificates” were presented and discussed at a round-table. This project was implemented as collaboration between the KNUTD and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI). The culmination of this event was the ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation between the SUPSI and the KNUTD.

This Memorandum specifies further development of the educational, scientific and technical cooperation programme on issues related to the sustainability of the built environment for increasing energy efficiency (EE) and promoting new energy consuming culture in the society; enhancing the expertise and skills in the public sector through the exchange of information, best practice and joint scientific research, training programmes, dissemination of knowledge about modern trends and new methodologies, and technical assistance to projects in the field of energy efficiency. Furthermore, under the signed memorandum both universities agreed to:

  • Establish a joint training course for energy managers;

  • Advance their mutual collaboration in providing the energy certification of buildings of the KNUTD;

  • Develop the thermal modernisation project for one of the KNUTD’s university buildings using Swiss technologies;

  • Organise the exchange of students and scientists;

  • Jointly participate in the development of the Ukrainian National Programme “Energy Efficient University”.

1 REPIC (Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Promotion in International Cooperation) is designed to be a market oriented service centre for the promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency in international cooperation. This platform aims to make new concrete renewable energy and/or energy efficiency projects possible, with increasing participation of Swiss companies and organisations.