Welcome to the UNI-SET Universities Survey!

We are very pleased that you are engaging in the completion of the UNI-SET Universities Questionnaire. This survey is part of the activities of an important project undertaken by the European University Association (EUA) with the support of the European Commission, entitled “Mobilising the Research, Innovation and Educational Capacities of Europe’s Universities in the SET-Plan” (UNI-SET).

We would like to facilitate your task as much as possible and, for this reason, this page provides important contextual information and guidance to address the completion of the survey.


Please note:

See participating universities, Master and research programmes in the European Atlas of Universities in Energy Research & Education.

More information about the project is available through the UNI-SET website and Twitter account @UNISET_FP7.



The Questionnaire in Brief

The figure below shows the general structure of the questionnaire. Part 1 ‘University Profile’ can only be answered by the ‘Main Account’ user (i.e. the survey coordinator). Parts 2-4 of the questionnaire can be answered either through the ‘Main Account’ or through any of the ‘Sub Account’ users. The ‘Main Account’ user will be able to view and edit the entire questionnaire and will be the person submitting it.

Context of UNI-SET

UNI-SET is a three-year FP7 project led by EUA in cooperation with the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) representing the universities in the knowledge and innovation community innoenergy (KIC InnoEnergy). uni-set seeks to mobilise the research, educational and innovation capacities of european universities to better contribute to address the EU Energy societal challenge. it also aims to facilitate the creation of multidisciplinary european collaborations between universities for the advancement of knowledge and to address the objectives of the european strategic energy technology plan (SET-Plan), one of the strategic pillars of european energy policy.

To address the education and research needs for the energy sector, the European Commission has recently published respectively the SET-Plan Education and Training Roadmap and the SET-Plan Integrated Roadmap. eua contributed to the drafting of these documents on behalf of its membership through the platform of universities in energy research & education (EUA-EPUE), created in 2009 with the support of eua membership.

UNI-SET and the Universities’ survey

The first pivotal step towards mobilising universities is this survey to identify and gather key information on university research and education programmes at Master and Doctorate level in all areas of knowledge related to the field of energy. This includes programmes covering the entire spectrum of academic fields, from the ‘hard’ sciences to social sciences, arts and humanities, whose graduates and researchers can help moving towards a low-carbon society based on the skills and competences acquired through their studies, research and other university activities.

The results of the survey will be used to develop free online, interactive, thematic maps providing an overview of the European university landscape in the energy field. The analysis of data will also provide the knowledge to identify multidisciplinary educational and research gaps and opportunities. We plan to do so in a joint effort with our university members, structuring the information according to the areas identified in the SET-Plan Integrated Roadmap and internationally agreed classifications on education and training (ISCED) and research (UNESCO).

Why should your university participate?

Should your university offer Master and Doctorate Programmes and perform research in the energy field, or plan to develop such activities in the future, we strongly encourage you to participate, as this is a unique opportunity to:
  • Have your energy-related Master, Doctorate and Research Programmes clearly displayed on up-to-date and interactive online maps;
  • Attract potential students and researchers;
  • Identify, and be identified by, other universities and stakeholders (business, research organisations, etc.) to find expertise and opportunities for research and education collaboration;
  • Identify opportunities to create multidisciplinary teams;
  • Have a central point of information on your institution’s energy-related activities;
  • Strengthen the voice of Europe’s universities in the energy field to attract more funding opportunities and to advocate universities roles in tackling the energy challenge;
  • Participate in the events, the ‘UNI-SET Clustering Events’, which will take place during 2016 and 2017 across Europe;
  • Be part of an exceptional project of strategic relevance for the university sector

This survey is the first major activity of UNI-SET. Another major activity in parallel to the universities study is a survey to employers in the energy sector, coordinated by KU Leuven, to identify skills and competences needed in the long term. Based on the outcomes of the two surveys, a series of five “clustering events” , the third major activity of UNI-SET, will be organised during 2016 and 2017. These events will facilitate the development of alliances to create new multidisciplinary educational and research programmes and will be the basis for contribution to policy development.

Strategically, implementing UNI-SET is a step forward in developing the European Platform of Universities in Energy Research & Education (EUA-EPUE). uni-set also seeks to coordinate input to other activities and consultations in the context of the set-plan. the experience of this initiative could serve to develop similar membership activities tackling other grand societal challenges in the future.


If you require further information or clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us at uni-set@eua.be.

We look forward to your university’s collaboration with EUA in this important task of creating an open platform for universities in the priority field of energy research and education.

Thank you in advance for your participation!


What do you need to do? (‘institutional coordinators’)

If you have been appointed as the institutional coordinator of your university’s response, please create an account for your university through the register page (alternatively, click on ‘register’ button in the menu bar).

As we recognise that several faculties and departments may need to be contacted to provide an overview of the university’s capacity in the field, we have designed a system of university ‘Sub Accounts’ to facilitate the task of the coordinator.

To be able to create Sub Accounts you need first to create a Main Account and use it to log-in to the survey. You can find more information on how to create Sub Accounts in the FAQ section after registration.

As the institutional coordinator for the UNI-SET Survey, you are able to

  • manage the ‘Main Account’. This account centralises all the information gathered by the university
  • generate ‘Sub Account’ (s) and grant access to other leaders in your university who hold relevant information (Deans of Faculties, Heads of Department, etc.)
  • fill in the survey and edit data in all parts of the survey
  • submit the final response

What do you need to do? (‘Sub Account’ users)

The coordinator of the UNI-SET Universities Survey may need to contact other leaders in the university that hold relevant information on UNI-SET questions (Deans of Faculties, Heads of Department, etc.). There are two alternatives for other university leaders to provide input:

  • Send their input to the coordinator of the questionnaire for him/her to fill it in.
  • Request the coordinator to generate a ‘Sub Account’ for them and register in the survey tool.

If you are registered as a ‘Sub Account’ user of the UNI-SET Survey, you are able to

  • manage your ‘Sub Account’
  • fill in the survey questions with the information that you have available.

Confidentiality and disclosure policy

By participating in the survey, you agree to the following confidentiality and disclosure policy:

EUA can publish the following details regarding your university – the name of the university, its location, website, the titles of the Master’s and Doctorate Programmes offered, research topics and related websites (if provided), as indicated in the survey response. Any other data will be published only in an aggregated way, without any specific reference to the institutions involved in the survey.


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