The PARTICIPIA project, which is part of the Africa, Caribbean, Pacific-European Union (ACP-EU) Cooperation Programme in Higher Education, is funded by the EU to the value of approximately N$ 6,3 million.
Poly Rector, Prof Tjama Tjivikua, said during the opening of the workshop that it took place at a time when electricity consumption and prices in Namibia are rising, and there is a looming deficit in its electricity provision capacity from 2016 due to current growth forecasts of electricity demand.
“This project is therefore expected to yield results of graduates equipped with knowledge and high-level skills necessary for a comprehensive assessment of energy policies at local, regional and national levels,” Tjivikua said.
Ambassador Raul Fuentes Milani, Head of the EU Delegation to Namibia, expressed his satisfaction over the PARTICIPIA project and said: “This is the kind of cooperation that we are happy to be involved in and we want to continue our involvement in the future. We are happy that the Poly, a ‘lighthouse’ in higher education, is once again engaged at this level.”
The initiative aims to design postgraduate curricula in Participatory Integrated Assessment of Renewable Energy Systems that will be incorporated into new or existing Master programmes at the Poly, the Stellenbosch University in South Africa and the University of Botswana. The five-day workshop brought together academics from the three Southern African tertiary institutions as well as the Norwegian-based University of Bergen and the Spanishbased Autonomous University of Barcelona which is the coordinator of the project. The next workshop will take place in Botswana next week.