Energy has arisen as an important issue in international society. The global demand for energy resources is increasing; however, energy resources are not easily accessible due to environmental pollution and limited natural resources. These energy problems are largely addressed in the form of policy decisions, technical analyses of innovations, and demonstrations and market expansions in the fields of renewable energy, fossil energy, and nuclear energy. Given the critical importance of energy issues, well-trained and educated experts with multi-disciplinary knowledge of the energy sector are urgently needed both domestically and internationally. The world’s energy problems are complex in nature and are closely related to various social, political, economical, industrial, and environmental issues.Furthermore, understanding energy is directly related to the basic sciences and various engineering disciplines. Therefore, energy experts must possess an understanding of social sciences, basic sciences, and engineering and be able to use their knowledge of these disciplines to create balanced solutions to the world’s energy crises.
The Department of Energy Studies (Energy Science and Policy) in the Graduate School of International Studies at Ajou University, through this master’s degree program, aims to foster the type of advanced workforce needed to address the world’s energy issues. The energy experts fostered through this program will have the skills needed to propose and prioritize policies based on their interpretation of the field of energy technology, as well as their understanding of how engineering, society, and science relate to energy systems as a whole. Graduates of this program will become cornerstones in the development of energy policies in each of their respective countries and will serve important roles in cooperative efforts to address the world’s ever-increasing energy issues.