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In January a delegation from Mozambique visited Groningen as part of the NICHE programme on capacity building in higher education in energy in Mozambique. This project, tendered by NUFFIC, aims to contribute improvement of education and research capacity in energy-related topics at 4 Mozambican universities.
The University of Groningen and Energy Academy Europe organisation are leading the consortium on the Dutch side, currently implementing the programme together with its Mozambican partners. The visiting delegation included representatives from the Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), the Catholic University of Mozambique (UCM), UniLúrio and ISP Songo, as well as a representative from Stellenbosch University of South Africa which is member of the Dutch consortium. Among the representatives were the newly appointed Director for International Cooperation at the UEM and the consortium leader on the Mozambican side, Mr Manuel Guilherme Júnior.
The project’s components include the development of a curriculum at MSc level in renewable energy, the training of Mozambican teaching staff at MSc and PhD levels, the delivery of a number of short courses on various energy-related topics and the establishment of a governance structure that facilitates dialogue with relevant energy sector stakeholders in the longer term.
During the visit these aspects were discussed with a view to planning the next phase of the project. In addition the delegation visited Dutch consortium partners, including Hanze University of Applied Sciences/EnTranCe and Gasunie gas infrastructure company .
The programme also included a visit to NUFFIC in The Hague, which is the agency that is coordinating and funding the NICHE programme.