“The majority world is a term used in preference to the largely inaccurate, out-of-date and or non-descriptive terms as developing countries, third world and the south. .. Shahidul Alam began advocating for the new expression 'majority world' ...the term highlights the fact that these countries are indeed the majority of humankind. It also brings to sharp attention the anomaly that the Group of 8 countries - whose decisions affect majority of the world's people - represent a tiny fraction of humankind.”

Rahul Mehrotra at "Connect Ideas – Maximize Impact" on June 29th 2012

Transsolar Academy

The Transsolar Academy offers a one-year fellowship in climate-responsive building design for young architects or engineers in the Transsolar office in Stuttgart. The fellowship covers tuition, travel and accommodation. So for the fourth time, we have chosen six young applicants to start in September 2017 primarily from the "majority world", with the goal of connecting to parts of the world where we have had almost no impact in the past. The program provides lectures, tutorials and project work. The comprehensive and practical training combines theoretical background with hands-on experience: working on a personal project and on projects in the company. Fellows will not only work with and learn from Transsolar staff and partners, but also learn from each other.
Our goal is to gain knowledge and discover the opportunities of "KlimaEngineering" in the home countries of the Academy fellows, where we believe the greatest changes will take place in the near future. We hope to increase our impact by connecting ideas through our TS Academy fellows returning home and applying their knowledge.
We want to inspire others to create their own academy. Find out about the vision and concept for the Transsolar Academy where we share our successes, failures, and learnings as well as our hopes and ambitions moving forward.

We are giving ourselves time to evaluate the past five years. Consequently, the next Transsolar Academy year will start in the beginning of 2019. The application process opens at the end of 2018.

2017 / 2018

Meet our 5th Transsolar Academy watching an amazing film they made


The individual projects of the fellows make up a very important part of the Transsolar Academy. Each fellow undertakes its own project or field of study concerning their home country, which they bring along. The projects give the fellows and Transsolar the chance to connect ideas and discover the opportunities of KlimaEngineering in the majority world. At the same time, together, we investigate how to maximize our impact for the benefit of our planet.

Have a look at the Academy blog to view posts on the ongoing individual