Opportunity for Georgians to study in Norway: Scholarship Program for Master of Science in hydropower development

Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate, through the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, offers four scholarships to Georgians who want to study Hydropower development at the master’s level at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim/Norway. Scholarships are tenable for the two-year master programme starting in 2022.

▶ ქართულად: The Georgian text version is here.

Georgia and Norway – two hydropower countries

About 80 percent of Georgia’s electricity demand is covered by local hydropower plants. The construction of hydro power plants in Georgia has a long tradition, which has been reactivated in recent years. Both large power plants with reservoirs and small hydropower plants are under construction or being planned. Read more: Bjorn BRANDTZAEG: "As Georgia develops, it needs more domestically generated electricity".

Norway has a long tradition in developing hydropower. Hydropower is the mainstay of the Norwegian electricity system. Norway has 1660 hydropower plants, which accounts for 31 837 or 96 % of total installed capacity. Norway and NTNU has developed competence at the highest international level within environmentally friendly development and operation of hydropower plants. 

International master’s degree programme in Hydropower Development

NTNU’s International master's degrees are programmes taught entirely in English. The master’s degree programme in hydropower extends over two academic years (4 semesters) and constitutes a course load of 120 ECTS credits. The programme is open to both international and Norwegian students.

The programme in hydropower development is run by The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Students and researchers graduating from the department’s programs provide both the public and private sectors with expertise and skills in the areas of civil and transportation engineering, structural engineering, water and wastewater engineering, and hydraulic engineering.

Programme components

The first year consists of a series of foundational courses and a larger group project where the students apply knowledge from the other courses by conducting a pre-feasibility study of the development alternatives in a Norwegian river system. This involves learning how to combine techniques, environment, and economy to secure success.

Second year and final year consists of four compulsory advanced courses in the autumn, while the entire spring semester is dedicated to the master's thesis. 

Learning outcome

  • Broad basic knowledge in Mathematics, Science, Technology and Computer Science

  • Broad engineering- and research-based knowledge in Hydropower Development,

  • Insight in selected social science, humanistic, and other non-technical disciplines of relevance to the exercise of the engineering profession,

  • Understand the role of engineer in a comprehensive societal perspective, have insight in ethical requirements and consideration of sustainable development

  • Ability to disseminate, communicate and cooperate inter-disciplinary on engineering problems and solutions

  • Understand possibilities and limitations when using information and communication technology, including juridical and societal aspects

  • Ability to lead and motivate co-workers, including having an international perspective on his/her profession, and develop ability to international orientation and collaboration

The scholarships

The scholarships will cover:

  • The set minimum required amount for covering the cost of living in Norway, this amount is set by the Norwegian immigration authorities and is subject to yearly adjustments. The scholarship will be adjusted accordingly.

  • Cost of travel to and from Norway. 

  • Cost of the fees for applying for a Norwegian visa and residence permit. 

  • A personal laptop computer available to you during the extent of the scholarship period. 

  • The semester fee to the student welfare organization. 

How to apply?

Please contact one of the contact persons at Georgian Technical University or Ilia State University for more information and a pre-vetting of your qualifications.

Application shall be submitted to NTNU by 1th December the year before the start of the programme in August.

Application for the scholarships shall be submitted to NVE after you have been admitted to the programme by NTNU.

Contact persons

Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia: Omar Tsereteli and Nikoloz Lekiashvili: omarmemo1991@gmail.com & nlekiashvili3@gmail.com

Georgian Technical University: Paata Tsintsadze, p.tsintsadze@gtu.ge

Ilia State University: Murman Margvelashvili, murman.margvelashvili@iliauni.edu.ge

Royal Norwegian Embassy Tbilisi: David Magradze, David.Magradze@mfa.no

Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate: Kirsten Winther Westgaard, kwe@nve.no

Norwegian University of Science and Technology: Admissions for master's degree students: admissions@st.ntnu.no

Please notify Arne Søiland (NVE) at arso@nve.no if you want to receive invitation to a digital information meeting (date not decided).

Read more about the programme here. 

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