SPOTLIGHT: Aili Shigweda works as lecturer in the department of Electrical Engineering at the Namibian University of Science and Technology (NUST). She holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering, BTech. Electrical Eng. and B.IT (Hons) in Computer Networks. Having worked in the telecommunication industry as independent consultant in the past, she can now claim over 14 years of experience in communication networks, tertiary academic work, and project management
The PEESA Project and its relevance?
The project perfectly aligns with our institution’ (NUST) and the Namibians development goals which aim to increase access to clean energy and develop capacity in sustainable energy research and training.
At a more personal level, the project also well aligns with my interests in sustainable energy and also creates a platform for collaborative research and networking. Since my master's research work was on sustainable energy. The project aims to enhance collaborative research, develop curriculum in sustainable energy, and collectively coordinate the implementation of sustainable energy projects in the region.
How did you become involved?
I took the opportunity offered by Dr Al-Mas Sendegeya, our project coordinator, to further develop my knowledge and skills in the field of clean energy and sustainable energy research as well as share my experiences with the counterparts.
The PEESA Project and your role
To date I have attended Training-of-Trainers (ToT) courses held in the three partner universities in 2016. I have also developed short-courses in sustainable energy which are scheduled to run in the second quarter of 2017. Other inputs include curriculum development for the Master of Sustainable Energy Systems at NUST and participating in conferences.
What are your expectations from the results?
The key foreseeable outcomes include developing joint-postgraduate programme or short courses on sustainable energy studies, joint curricula for graduate studies, training-of-trainers programme, and research development.
My main expectation is the implementations of the Masters of Sustainable Energy at NUST where I can further offer my expertise and develop capacity in the field. I also expect to see an increase in the number of collaborative research published in reputable journals and a better management of sustainable energy resources in the region.
Have you identified any impact to date?
The most noticeable impact thus far is the knowledge gained and network established during the Training of Trainers workshops. The public's interest in the two programs is overwhelming.