TEA-LP Work Package 1 aims to provide local graduates with the high-level knowledge, skills and competencies to contribute effectively to the sustainable delivery of clean energy access in their countries. Work Package 1  supports 30 partner universities across Africa, South Asia and the Indo-Pacific to deliver Masters programmes focused on clean energy access.

By 2022, 7 of our partner universities launched new Masters’ programmes and over 90 post-graduate students were enrolled in Masters’ studies focused on clean energy access. 

In 2023, TEA-LP signed awards with 23 new partner universities to include newly designed Masters’ level energy access courses in their existing Masters’ programmes. Each course (approximately 160-hour component of a masters’ programme)  includes a variety of aspects such as technology, policy, business models and socio-economic aspects of energy access, using a case study approach, and highlighting best examples of global/regional solutions as well as national/local solutions.

Work Package 1  continues to provide financial support as well as curriculum support to our partner universities. This includes facilitating guest lectures by expert practitioners and trainings by  companies in the  energy sector. Additional support includes encouraging linkages between partners, providing opportunities for staff and students to engage in global clean energy events, and helping to secure scholarships for prospective students.

The following map shows the locations of the 30 partner universities:

This work package addresses the needs of companies and professionals in the sector to access training. The work package will support growth of the sector through 3 Continued Professional Development (CPD) courses. The courses will be designed, drawing on expertise from partners, external training providers, industry, and universities. Each of the CPD courses will include a focus on end-user appropriateness and highlight the importance of their embeddedness in the local context. UCT will provide an academic ‘home’ and the required certification of the CPD courses. The CPD courses will be offered online which will make them accessible for candidates from Africa South Asia and the Indo Pacific region. This includes the:

  • CPD course, Integrated Energy Systems, focuses on Energy Security, Whole Systems Thinking in the context of the energy sector, Sustainability, and Energy Efficiency to equip professionals with a holistic understanding of the intricate facets of modern-day energy systems.
  • Future Female Leaders in Energy course, in collaboration with the Africa Management Institute. This course aims to prepare junior-level women in the energy sector in Africa to take on positions of leadership and management, while gaining a high-level overview of the sector.

We are currently running these two CPD courses:

TEA-LP is in the process of building a strong network of professionals between the energy and off-grid energy sectors, higher education institutes, and research centres to facilitate the sharing of resources, expertise, and knowledge to support and grow the network and contribute to furthering the ecosystem of Southern expertise, in particular:

  • Expanding the TEA-LP network of institutions
  • Forging and strengthening beneficial collaborations between universities, researchers, and industry partners at a global level in the energy access sector
  • Provide ongoing support to TEA-LP network partners
  • Implement a strong communications and dissemination strategy
  • Broaden the scope of partnership activities including developing research activities