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CAS 2019


The program targets managers in the following organizations:

1. Utility companies are in a key position to leverage their physical infrastructure and social networks to facilitate the energy transition.

2. Public administrators are facing an increasingly polycentric system, as new players and technological innovations are challenging existing governance structures and regulatory frameworks.

3. Technology vendors are directly affected by policy and regulatory changes, creating an immediate need to align strategies and business models.


The Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) program consists of four intensive modules, each module lasting two days. Modules are supplemented by the latest literature and carefully designed critical reflection exercises to maximize your learning experience. Due to the modular design you can choose any combination of modules that best accommodate your professional needs. The CAS program allows you to retain full professional activity. We offer personal advice to match our study program to your specific needs.

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This program runs on an annual basis, starting in February 2017.


A flexible study program allows for the completion of a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) within one year (a total of four modules), or the attendance of individual modules.


All of our modules will be taught in English.


Our modules are organized at various locations in Switzerland.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree.
  • Professional working experience.
  • Definition of a personal governance challenge.
  • Registration for the CAS is open throughout the year.
  • Registration deadline for single modules is one month before their starting date.

Daniel Schafer, CEO, EWB

«Governing energy transitions – an ambitious goal which calls for broad perspective, cooperation between all involved stakeholders, plans with options and a good sense for what is achievable. Discussing topics with experts and colleagues from various origins gave me a lot of relevant input for my daily work and to make the energy transition happen.»

Laurent Balsiger, Head of Energy, Canton de Vaud

«Participating in this course was of great value to me. It gave me updated information on the newest matter on the energy transition as well as the possibility to interact with motivated participants and top lecturers coming from all kind of horizons. A very good opportunity to step back and think strategically, I highly recommend it.»

Julie Denis, Product Manager, Groupe E

«Much more than an academic program, it is a focus group that brings together strategic stakeholders of the energy sector and aims to identify the best ways to reach the Swiss Energy Strategy 2050 goals. GET proved to be a highly profitable program to any company’s strategic positioning reflection and an invaluable ideas and sharing experiences framework.»

Davide Orifici, Head of Swiss Office, EPEX Spot Schweiz AG

«GET executive certificate at EPFL offers an unique occasion to dwell into the ‘hot topics’ of the Swiss energy transition, keeping an eye on the European dependencies. Next to the high-level speakers and their open attitude to confront questions and remarks from course participants, discussion among the latter are the biggest added-value.»

Swati Rastogi Mayor, Head of Customer Relationship, Services industriels de Lausanne

«What I found most appealing was that the course took into account the technological, societal and legal perspectives as well. GET allows professionals from different companies to come together in a common platform, providing unique networking opportunities and exchanges. I thus strongly recommend this course to all those who would like to contribute to the energy transition.»

Arnaud Brulé, in charge of strategic missions at the Energy Department, Canton de Vaud

«Given the major challenges around the necessary energy transition, I find the GET executing training especially relevant. I like that economic, political and sociological challenges become predominant vs. technology issues. During my participation to this programme, I was enthusiastic about the people I met, listened to and discussed with. Getting disparate stakeholders to exchange points of views and ideas is a key success factor to move on.»

Thomas Reinthaler, Head of Market Development and Economics, Swissgrid

«The GET program provided excellent insights into the diverse and interrelated aspects of the challenges of the ongoing energy transition. It is a great opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas with experts from academia, business and authorities. I gained valuable learnings on the interplay of technology, business and regulation and how to best address these dependencies.»

Beat Goldstein, Energy Policy Advisor at Swiss Federal Office of Energy

«The GET program offers the chance to take a step back and put the everyday challenges of managing the energy transition into a broader perspective. The talks by renowned experts allowed me to gain new insights and see interconnections on a wide range of highly relevant topics. Most inspiring and useful for me personally were the competence and diversity of the fellow participants, providing for lots of lively and fruitful discussions, from which I could directly benefit in my daily work.»

Robert Völki, Head of Strategical Projects, Services Industriels de Genève

«GET is a very interesting platform to think together with experts about the transformations needed to reach the energy transition objectives. GET permits us to prepare ourselves for the complexity of the future energy market and is making the energy transition possible.»

Nicolas Suter, Directeur Gestion des Participants, SIG et Député au Grand Conseil Vaudois

«Energy transition is a living organism. It evolves, it is developed, and it is influenced by technology, by politics and by economical forces. The GET program is a great way to gain knowledge, first hand, from the actors who shape the Energy transition, Professors, politicians, economical actors and you. Finally, the program starts a journey that doesn’t end after a year. Once started, you’re on board as long as you are willing to contribute.»

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