The PEESA project – International Cooperation addressing the challenge of energy access and efficiency in Southern Africa

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The PEESA project – International Cooperation addressing the challenge of energy access and efficiency in Southern Africa
Autor Evgenia Mahler, Norbert Grünwald, Anthony Staak
In: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Engineering & Business Education, Østfold University College, Fredrikstad, Norway from 8 – 9 October 2015, pp. 53 - 58
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ISBN/ISSN: 978-3-942100-38-0
Erscheinungsjahr 2015
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Abstract: A sustainable access to energy is an essential precondition for meeting basic human needs and for increasing economic and social welfare across southern Africa. Technical universities in their role of Innovation drivers for regional economic and social development have the priority to develop an adequate framework for educating well-qualified engineers, equipped with the required market-orientated skills to solve the energy challenge. The PEESA project is an example for international cooperation for building academic and scientific capacity to address the energy efficiency problem in South Africa and Namibia. This paper focuses on the market-driven and solution-based engineering curriculum designed in accordance with internationally recognised standards for engineering education. The emphasis is on the PEESA project, which aims to create four post-graduate-programmes in Energy Efficiency complying with both national and European quality standards. The main outcomes of the PEESA project along with the new Master programmes are Guidelines on Engineering Programme Design and Engineering Faculty Training Programme to be implemented in South African and Namibian context.

Keywords: energy efficiency, engineering education, international cooperation, academic capacity building,quality assurance