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African partners sought for energy project

The International Telematic University UNINETTUNO (UTIU) in Italy is urgently searching for two African universities with expertise in energy access issues for a project it is submitting for the EDULINK II call.

The deadline for the European Commission-funded call is 30 July.

The project aims to foster cooperation between European and African higher education institutions by developing a joint master’s programme on innovative solutions for energy access in sub-Saharan Africa. This would help fill the gap of qualified personnel and technical expertise that is hindering development of small-scale renewable energy plants.

By setting up technological poles in two African countries, the project would enable students to follow the programme online, as the e-learning courses will be delivered via UTIU’s distance learning platform. This would allow young engineers to attend an internationally acknowledged programme in their home countries.

Moreover, the initiative would provide African universities with the technology and competences to design and deliver distance learning academic programmes.

The EDULINK programme seeks to maintain collaboration in higher education between the countries of the African, Caribbean and Pacific group and the European Union.

Grants do not exceed €500,000 (US$605,000) and co-financing equals 85 per cent of the requested grant. For information, contact Silvia Alexe at s.alexe@uninettunouniversity.net.