Read about the new postgraduate degrees and courses we’re developing.

Read about the new postgraduate degrees and courses we’re developing.

Each university is developing their own curriculum based on their strengths and informed by their market engagement with their regional energy access sector stakeholders. Across all programmes, however, the following core TEA-LP principles apply:

  • Responsive to sectoral needs – each university commences with a market needs assessment which they use these in the design of their outcomes driven curriculum;
  • Multidisciplinary – to produce well rounded graduates with diverse skillsets and competencies,
  • Gender mainstreaming – in both course content and classroom and teaching settings;
  • Soft skills – emphasizing the development of soft skills together with discipline/subject specific knowledge and competencies.
  • Sustainability – each partner will also develop a comprehensive business plan and marketing strategy to ensure operational success.
TEA-LP timeline

Each university is developing their own curriculum based on their strengths and informed by their market engagement with their regional energy access sector stakeholders. Across all programmes, however, the following core TEA-LP principles apply:

  • Responsive to sectoral needs – each university commences with a market needs assessment which they use these in the design of their outcomes driven curriculum;
  • Multidisciplinary – to produce well rounded graduates with diverse skillsets and competencies,
  • Gender mainstreaming – in both course content and classroom and teaching settings;
  • Soft skills – emphasizing the development of soft skills together with discipline/subject specific knowledge and competencies.
  • Sustainability – each partner will also develop a comprehensive business plan and marketing strategy to ensure operational success.
TEA-LP timeline

DESCRIPTION: PAUWES together with Global e-Schools and Community Initiative (GESCI) are developing an online Masters degree titled Minigrids, Digitalisation and Entrepeneurship. The programme consists of four modules including “Mini-micro grids, Information and Communication Technologies, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and  the fourth module is a Business Startup Thesis. The Innovation and Entrepreneurship module 3 and the eThesis are specifically aimed at bringing the important dimension of the student moving from theory to practice – to innovating from their technical knowledge to designing and promoting real products and services in the smart grid sector. The mode of delivery for this programme is online learning enabling access by students across the continent.

DEPARTMENT:

Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences

PROPOSED DEGREE TITLE:

Minigrids – Digitalisation – Entrepreneurship

PROJECT LEAD:

Erick Tambo

DESCRIPTION: The proposed MSc in Energy Access and Renewable Energy Technology is a twelve degree that includes coursework, research and a dissertation/internship. It is intended that students will undertake an internship within local companies and organisations in the energy access sector. The programme intends to create graduates capable of formulating energy policies, as well as developing and implementing energy projects that promote available, clean and affordable energy technologies to meet the skill gap in the energy access sector of Nigeria. It intends to equip students with not only technical skills but also soft skills such as communication, problem solving, team work and research skills.

DEPARTMENT:

Department of Mechanical Engineering

PROPOSED DEGREE TITLE:

MSc in Energy Access and Renewable Energy Technology

PROJECT LEAD:

Ogheneruona Diemuodeke

DESCRIPTION: This MSc programme aims to transform technocrats and practitioners in the off-grid energy sector into well rounded professionals. Multidisciplinary in nature, drawing on courses from various disciplines it aims to lay strong introductory foundations to key themes across energy such as engineering, law, humanities economics and finance. Students may further specialise through elective courses and a research project. The programme aims  to develop a strong understanding of the interactions between students’ specialisations, the energy ecosystem, the economy and the society in general. It will also seek to develop individuals who can apply the knowledge they have obtained to address the energy access trilemma of accessibility, affordability and reliability of energy.

DEPARTMENT:

Faculty of Information Technology through Strathmore Energy Research Centre

PROPOSED DEGREE TITLES:

MSc in Energy Transitions

PROJECT LEAD:

Sarah Odera

DESCRIPTION: This Master of Science in Renewable Energy Access will be a two-year multidisciplinary programme consisting of coursework and thesis. It aims to develop graduates with diverse competencies in renewable energy specific to the energy access sector. The degree aims to equip students with a sound technical knowledge of technologies such as mini hydro, biomass, solar, and wind energy systems, storage and other devices. Secondly it aims to develop leadership, business and entrepreneurial competencies and lastly to develop strong analytical and research skills.

DEPARTMENT:

Faculty of Agriculture and Environment / Department of Biosystems Engineering

PROPOSED DEGREE:

Master of Science in Renewable Energy Access

PROJECT LEAD:

Collins Okello

DESCRIPTION: The off-grid energy technologies course will feed into an MSc in Energy Technologies. The course aims to augment the existing curriculum with critical elements of off-grid energy systems components and competencies missing in the existing curriculum. It aims to equip students with a thorough understanding of the basic energy resources and technologies for off-grid energy systems and hybrid power systems, as well as an understanding of the broader development and regulatory context as well as the market opportunities and challenges facing the growth of these technologies.

DEPARTMENT:

School of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

PROPOSED COURSE TITLE:

Off-Grid Energy Systems course

PROJECT LEAD:

Mulualem Gebreslassie

DESCRIPTION: The existing MSc in Sustainable Energy at NUL is a multidisciplinary programme covering the engineering of renewable energy technologies with additional environmental, economics and social sciences content. The degree already addresses a wide range of clean energy technologies for sustainable energy access. The TEA-LP project will, however, be used to further develop more specific content and competencies related to the energy access sector and delivering off-grid energy solutions for low-income households and enterprises. Three courses will be redeveloped to refine and develop greater energy access content: Sustainable Energy Solutions for Communities,  Solar Photovoltaic Systems and Solar Thermal Systems.

DEPARTMENT:

Faculty of Science and Technology (FOST); Department of Physics and Electronics; Energy Research Centre (ERC)

PROPOSED COURSE TITLES:

Sustainable Energy Solutions for Communities, Solar Photovoltaic Systems and Solar Thermal Systems

PROJECT LEAD:

Moeketsi Mpholo

DESCRIPTION: The proposed MSc in Sustainable Energy focusses on the minigrid and off-grid sectors. It is a two year programme consisting of modules in engineering (electrical and mechanical), renewable energy, entrepreneurship and business development, and project management. Therefore, the proposed degree will be serviced by three departments, namely; Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Business Administration. The degree will develop design and engingeering competencies of typical mini, off grid and hybrid energy systems, entrepreneurship and business development knowledge to open up and manage business ventures in or-grid system as well as equipping students with project management skills in the context of infrastructure development and management such as work content and scope, time scheduling and phasing, resource management, budgeting and cost control, change management, information management, procurement, and legal requirements.

DEPARTMENT:

Departments of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Business Administration.

PROPOSED DEGREE TITLES:

MSc in Sustainable Energy Access

PROJECT LEAD:

Suzgo Kaunda

DESCRIPTION: Moi University, together with Kibabii University are developing a multidisciplinary 2 year degree focused on the energy access sector. The programme aims to address both technical and non-technical skills gaps in the decentralized renewable energy sub-sector. The degree aims to give students a sound understanding of clean and sustainable energy technologies and systems, policies and regulations relevant to the sector, planning, management, economic analysis and life-cycle assessment of decentralized energy system projects; energy modelling and data analysis, business and entrepreneurial as well as softer skills. The programme aims to develop linkages with industry, giving students exposure to, and opportunities to participate in real-life projects and gain hands-on experience.

DEPARTMENT:

Department of Energy Engineering, Department of Entrepreneurship and Project Management, Department of Community Development, Department of Biological Sciences

PROPOSED DEGREE TITLES:

MSc in Sustainable Energy & Energy Access

PROJECT LEAD:

Augustine Makokha

DESCRIPTION: PAUWES together with Global e-Schools and Community Initiative (GESCI) are developing an online Masters degree titled Minigrids, Digitalisation and Entrepeneurship. The programme consists of four modules including “Mini-micro grids, Information and Communication Technologies, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and  the fourth module is a Business Startup Thesis. The Innovation and Entrepreneurship module 3 and the eThesis are specifically aimed at bringing the important dimension of the student moving from theory to practice – to innovating from their technical knowledge to designing and promoting real products and services in the smart grid sector. The mode of delivery for this programme is online learning enabling access by students across the continent.

DEPARTMENT:

Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences

PROPOSED DEGREE TITLE:

Minigrids – Digitalisation – Entrepreneurship

PROJECT LEAD:

Erick Tambo

DESCRIPTION: The proposed MSc in Energy Access and Renewable Energy Technology is a twelve degree that includes coursework, research and a dissertation/internship. It is intended that students will undertake an internship within local companies and organisations in the energy access sector. The programme intends to create graduates capable of formulating energy policies, as well as developing and implementing energy projects that promote available, clean and affordable energy technologies to meet the skill gap in the energy access sector of Nigeria. It intends to equip students with not only technical skills but also soft skills such as communication, problem solving, team work and research skills.

DEPARTMENT:

Department of Mechanical Engineering

PROPOSED DEGREE TITLE:

MSc in Energy Access and Renewable Energy Technology

PROJECT LEAD:

Ogheneruona Diemuodeke

DESCRIPTION: This MSc programme aims to transform technocrats and practitioners in the off-grid energy sector into well rounded professionals. Multidisciplinary in nature, drawing on courses from various disciplines it aims to lay strong introductory foundations to key themes across energy such as engineering, law, humanities economics and finance. Students may further specialise through elective courses and a research project. The programme aims  to develop a strong understanding of the interactions between students’ specialisations, the energy ecosystem, the economy and the society in general. It will also seek to develop individuals who can apply the knowledge they have obtained to address the energy access trilemma of accessibility, affordability and reliability of energy.

DEPARTMENT:

Faculty of Information Technology through Strathmore Energy Research Centre

PROPOSED DEGREE TITLES:

MSc in Energy Transitions

PROJECT LEAD:

Sarah Odera

DESCRIPTION: This Master of Science in Renewable Energy Access will be a two-year multidisciplinary programme consisting of coursework and thesis. It aims to develop graduates with diverse competencies in renewable energy specific to the energy access sector. The degree aims to equip students with a sound technical knowledge of technologies such as mini hydro, biomass, solar, and wind energy systems, storage and other devices. Secondly it aims to develop leadership, business and entrepreneurial competencies and lastly to develop strong analytical and research skills.

DEPARTMENT:

Faculty of Agriculture and Environment / Department of Biosystems Engineering

PROPOSED DEGREE:

Master of Science in Renewable Energy Access

PROJECT LEAD:

Collins Okello

DESCRIPTION: The off-grid energy technologies course will feed into an MSc in Energy Technologies. The course aims to augment the existing curriculum with critical elements of off-grid energy systems components and competencies missing in the existing curriculum. It aims to equip students with a thorough understanding of the basic energy resources and technologies for off-grid energy systems and hybrid power systems, as well as an understanding of the broader development and regulatory context as well as the market opportunities and challenges facing the growth of these technologies.

DEPARTMENT:

School of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

PROPOSED COURSE TITLE:

Off-Grid Energy Systems course

PROJECT LEAD:

Mulualem Gebreslassie

DESCRIPTION: The existing MSc in Sustainable Energy at NUL is a multidisciplinary programme covering the engineering of renewable energy technologies with additional environmental, economics and social sciences content. The degree already addresses a wide range of clean energy technologies for sustainable energy access. The TEA-LP project will, however, be used to further develop more specific content and competencies related to the energy access sector and delivering off-grid energy solutions for low-income households and enterprises. Three courses will be redeveloped to refine and develop greater energy access content: Sustainable Energy Solutions for Communities,  Solar Photovoltaic Systems and Solar Thermal Systems.

DEPARTMENT:

Faculty of Science and Technology (FOST); Department of Physics and Electronics; Energy Research Centre (ERC)

PROPOSED COURSE TITLES:

Sustainable Energy Solutions for Communities, Solar Photovoltaic Systems and Solar Thermal Systems

PROJECT LEAD:

Moeketsi Mpholo

DESCRIPTION: The proposed MSc in Sustainable Energy focusses on the minigrid and off-grid sectors. It is a two year programme consisting of modules in engineering (electrical and mechanical), renewable energy, entrepreneurship and business development, and project management. Therefore, the proposed degree will be serviced by three departments, namely; Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Business Administration. The degree will develop design and engingeering competencies of typical mini, off grid and hybrid energy systems, entrepreneurship and business development knowledge to open up and manage business ventures in or-grid system as well as equipping students with project management skills in the context of infrastructure development and management such as work content and scope, time scheduling and phasing, resource management, budgeting and cost control, change management, information management, procurement, and legal requirements.

DEPARTMENT:

Departments of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Business Administration.

PROPOSED DEGREE TITLES:

MSc in Sustainable Energy Access

PROJECT LEAD:

Suzgo Kaunda

DESCRIPTION: Moi University, together with Kibabii University are developing a multidisciplinary 2 year degree focused on the energy access sector. The programme aims to address both technical and non-technical skills gaps in the decentralized renewable energy sub-sector. The degree aims to give students a sound understanding of clean and sustainable energy technologies and systems, policies and regulations relevant to the sector, planning, management, economic analysis and life-cycle assessment of decentralized energy system projects; energy modelling and data analysis, business and entrepreneurial as well as softer skills. The programme aims to develop linkages with industry, giving students exposure to, and opportunities to participate in real-life projects and gain hands-on experience.

DEPARTMENT:

Department of Energy Engineering, Department of Entrepreneurship and Project Management, Department of Community Development, Department of Biological Sciences

PROPOSED DEGREE TITLES:

MSc in Sustainable Energy & Energy Access

PROJECT LEAD:

Augustine Makokha

TEA-LP EVENTS

Nairobi Workshop August 2019

The TEA-LP held its first workshop in August 2019 in Nairobi. The event brought  together the 8 partner universities for a 3 day workshop. This workshop aimed to develop a shared understanding of the TEA-LP principles and goals, share knowledge and expertise, as well as to network and develop relationships.

The event proved a valuable opportunity for each partner to share the various ways in which they are approaching their curriculum design process. NUL presented their experiences using the Tuning Africa methodology, and highlighted the on-going and iterative nature of curriculum design and review. Moi Univeristy offered an overview of their approach to embracing multidisciplinarity in their degree programme. PAUWES ran a session on the ways in which entrepreneurship skills and competencies can be integrated into a curriculum.

The workshop also aimed to develop a better understanding of the energy access sector to inform the process of developing responsive, needs-based postgraduate curricula. Thus in addition to the universities, also present were several organisations working in the sector who offered their insights and reflections on skills needs. Energy 4 Impact presented the findings from their recent research into the training needs in the mini-grid sector, Shortlist discussed the various competencies and job roles that energy access companies are looking to recruit, and The African Management Initiative discussed the relevance of soft skills in the workplace. In addition to these, Dr Jon Leary presented some of the technology innovations he is working on as part of the Modern Energy Cooking Services programme.

These insights were a useful basis to start to explore the process of translating sectoral needs into academic learning outcomes, and for the universities to start planning their own sector needs assessment processes. Under the guidance of education specialist Dr Mary Omingo, university teams began the exercise of translating examples of sectoral needs into explicit learning outcomes, incorporating both hard and soft skills, and planning the types of teaching and learning activities that would support these outcomes.

The workshop was highly valued with much positive feedback from participants. We’d like to thank Strathmore University for the venue and supporting with event logistics. We look forward to the next workshop, due to be held in March 2020.