In February, a delegation from Groningen University, Hanze UAS and Energy Academy Europe visited Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, for a series of meetings. The meetings took place in the context of their involvement in capacity building projects, together with a number of other consortium partners (including Energy Delta Institute, Gasunie and Stellenbosch University). This project, tendered by NUFFIC, aims to contribute to improving education and research capacity in energy-related topics at four Mozambican universities.

The meetings were kindly hosted at the Eduardo Mondlane University, which serves as the project coordinator on the Mozambican side. Over the week, a number of meetings and workshops were held to progress the various work streams under the project: curriculum development, PhD training and the establishment of a platform for dialogue with relevant energy sector stakeholders.

André Faaij, Academic Director of EAE, and Project Director of the project, says: “This was an important week and I am happy with the progress we were able to make during our visit. Mozambique is a country with great potential in the area of energy, and we hope that our project can contribute to educating the professionals in Mozambique that are needed to further develop this potential.”

Erik Haarbrink, project manager on behalf of the Groningen University says: “After some organisational hick-ups in the beginning of the project, we have now started the real work. We met with various representatives of the four Mozambican project partners and it is obvious that a lot work lies ahead in the next couple of years, but we are very motivated to achieve some tangible results.”