Date: 4 October 2017

Welcome to the 7th edition of the EDULINK II Spotlight.

In this edition we are featuring five EDULINK II projects that have concentrated on building capacities in sustainable energy access, use and efficiency in the three main regions of the ACP Group of States.  Regional co-operation has been a key theme as has innovative design, both in curriculum development and training programs aimed at students, trainers and researchers.

Twelve individuals are featured ranging from Deputy Vice-chancellors to professors, government officials and students. Their backgrounds range from business and finance, communications including satellite, design, engineering, good governance and climate change research. Each has contributed to the capacity building of their respective HEIs and to the greater understanding and knowledge the issues. A series of Master’s programmes has been created and or improved by the featured projects.

The SASEI project lead by the Namibia University of Science and Technology with the National University of Lesotho and the University of Botswana have developed a Master’s programme in Sustainable Energy Systems and have produced advanced curricular in energy efficiency. They have also produced and registered the Journal of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Southern Africa (JREEESA)

In Fiji and Papua New Guinea, the EPIC project “Renewable energy in Pacific Islands: Developing Skills and Capacity” lead by the University of Alicante with has developed two master programmes on Renewable Energy Management that have been recognised and implemented in both Fiji and Papua New Guinea. They have also established two Centres of Renewable Energy to complement the courses and further professional development.     

In the Caribbean strategies have been developed for integrating innovation, knowledge transfer, intellectual property rights management and entrepreneurship with pilot courses.

Back in Africa lifelong learning courses for professionals and entrepreneurs of small and medium enterprises have been developed.

Furthermore these projects have generated international and regional conferences, including;   

•    International Renewable Energy Conference IRES 2015 at the Namibia University of Science and Technology;
•    IREC 2016 at the University of Botswana.
•    Developing Skills and Capacity (EPIC)” lead by the University of Alicante organised 2 Regional Conferences in Renewable Energy
•    “Applying & Developing Renewable Energy Technology for the Benefit of the Caribbean” hosted by the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus
•    2 Regional Conferences in Renewable Energy in the Pacific

Other outputs include the registration of the new publication “Journal of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Southern Africa” (JREEESA).

In other news the EDULINK II programme is drawing to a close and only six months remain of the EDULINK Technical Assistance Unit. As of the end of August 37 projects have terminated their activities. That leaves only eight ongoing projects.

The results of three plus years are starting to be realised.

Spotlight on Southern African Sustainable Energy Initiative - SASEI

Spotlight: Cap4inno - Knowledge transfer capacity building for enhanced energy access & efficiency in the Caribbean

Spotlight: Renewable energy in Pacific islands - Developing Skills and Capacity

Spotlight: LeNSes – the Learning Network on Sustainable energy systems

Spotlight: PEESA (Programme on Energy Efficiency in Southern Africa)