Enlarged Network in Education and Research for a Growing Impact of Sustainable Energy Engineering on Local Development
Project code: EuropeAid/132023/D/ACT/ACTPS
Funded by: ACP-EU Co-operation Programme in Higher Education EDULINK II
Target countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania
Partners: Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Jimma University (Ethiopia), Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (Tanzania), Technical University of Kenya (Kenya), Technical University of Mombasa (Kenya)
Period: 2013 - 2017
The project has the objective to develop high quality, market-driven curricula in Energy Engineering focused on sustainability, innovative technologies and modern renewable energies relevant to the energy asset within the countries of Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania.
The project involves 4 local universities and counts on the cooperation of local enterprises, NGOs, ministerial department and rural agencies working at different levels on access to energy.
A number of different activities have been developed:
A comprehensive assessment of current the status of education in energy engineering in Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania has been carried out at the beginning. In this framework, UNESCO Chair’s students have developed three twinned theses in order to better understand strengths and weaknesses regarding this issue, and to suggest possible upgrading of didactic materials and facilities.
Intensive courses for upgrading both the technical competences and soft-skills of the staff of the four partner HEIs have been delivered to more than 100 persons.
An e-collaboration and e-learning platform has been developed (www.edulink-energise.polimi.it). Useful materials are accessible online, as well as an e-learning course on renewable energies. Moreover, a programme of interactive webinars has started, on both technical and soft-skills topics of interest.
A new Master’s curriculum in energy Engineering has been developed by the partner HEIs, and a pilot curriculum is now delivered at Jimma University.
The consortium promoted a number of joint actions, including technical workshops, participation in international conferences, project proposals development and submission, and signature of bilateral MoUs.
Further information available in the project official website.