The PEESA project was implemented by Wismar University of Applied Sciences, Business and Technology as lead partner, in collaboration with other partner institutions that include University of Applied Sciences Jena, University of Applied Sciences Flensburg, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Tshwane University of Technology, Vaal University of Technology and The European Network of Accreditation of Engineering Education.
Before the workshop, each of the African partners conducted a needs analysis of academic programmes that would support energy needs in their respective countries. In the case of the Poly, it was agreed that it would prioritise a Masters Programme in Energy Systems in addition to the several postgraduate programmes that are envisaged.
Poly Rector, Prof Tjama Tjivikua, said the workshop allowed participants to share information on the programmes that have emerged from the individual institutions, thus enabling participants to tap into the collective expertise within the cooperation framework to fast track the implementation of these programmes. “The success of the Poly, soon the Namibia University of Science and Technology, is based on the conviction that fast-track development locally and globally is determined by the way countries connect, acquire and manage knowledge. Therefore, as an emerging university, we will continue to be part of the broader global academic and business dialogue to ensure our relevance and impact on society,” Tjivikua said.
He added that it is the Poly’s obligation to work with other universities, communities and governments in framing policies and implementing projects that will bring the much-needed development to the region. “I have no doubt that the participation of energy experts and stakeholders at the workshop will yield the desired results that will benefit the people of this country and beyond,” the Rector said.