Preparing for a global energy transition with the Master of Energy Change

Photo: Jiaxi Ding
7 January 2022

After completing a bachelor degree in Energy and Power Engineering, Jiaxi Ding was keen to continue her energy studies from a broader perspective. Once she discovered the Master of Energy Change at ANU, she realised the program would fit her needs perfectly, providing her with the opportunity to delve into new academic territory.

“The program is very attractive because it is interdisciplinary,” said Jiaxi. “I’ve never studied policy or economics before. It’s exciting to be able to take courses on how energy economics works, or how policies could incentivise the development of technology.”

The two-year coursework program offers students the chance to develop a program of advanced learning suited to individual interests, skills and aspirations in the area of energy change.

As part of the Master program, Jiaxi has completed projects that are very similar to what a practicing engineer would face in a real-world scenario, and she has found this practical element highly beneficial.

“By completing these projects, I have learned that I should closely consider the clients’ point of view and focus on how my design can meet their requirements and address their concerns,” she said.

The program has also helped Jiaxi understand potential career pathways after graduation.

“The courses are delivered by staff from the university, as well as by practicing engineers from energy companies, so you learn about the broad range of career opportunities available after graduation,” she said.

Currently halfway through the two-year Master program, Jiaxi completed her first year studying online from China. She says that the experience of studying remotely has exceeded her expectations.

“ANU has provided constant care for international students and have been in regular email contact. The course convenors have organised the online classes very well and the lectures are given by great scholars,” she said.

Despite the distance, Jaixi says that she created a strong network with her fellow students.

“The atmosphere of the course was so good that the participants kept in touch with each other afterwards. I found it so valuable that we could still make friends with classmates even though we couldn’t meet in person.”

Jiaxi has also been inspired by the “meaningful and interesting” research work of her course convenors, and hopes to pursue a PhD once she has completed the program.

To find out more about the Master of Energy Change program, please visit the Programs and Courses page.