A-4U awarded European funding for a project on renewable energies in Africa

A-4U is to participate in a joint project with African universities to design content for postgraduate programmes that help assess renewable energy policies.

These postgraduate programmes will train professionals in the assessment of energy access policies in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. An inter-disciplinary team from the four universities of A-4U will take part in the project, lead by experts form the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology at UAB. Other project participants include: Bergen University (Norway), a UN-agency Food and Agriculture Organization (Italy), Stellenbosch University (South Africa), University of Botswana (Botswana), Polytechnic of Namibia (Namibia) and an international organization New Partnership for African Development (South Africa).

The three-year project has been awarded 500,000 Euros of EU funding in the framework of “Edulink II: cooperation programme in higher education”. It arose as a result of A-4U institutional visit to South Africa in 2012, and is the first European project driven by A-4U.

Project activities will start in September 2013 with the first workshops taking place in Stellenbosch in South Africa.