Higher Education Programme for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Project description

Title: Higher Education Programme for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Senegal
Lead executing Agency: Ministry for Higher Education and Research
Overall term: 2015 to 2018


One of the central goals of the Government of Senegal’s development strategy is to establish an efficient energy sector. The top priorities in modernising the energy sector include significantly increasing the share of renewable energy in electricity generation, especially solar and wind power, reducing electricity prices and expanding rural electrification.

Qualified professionals are needed for the successful modernisation of the energy sector and other sectors. The government therefore wants to improve the quality of the content of degree programmes and training courses with a view to equipping students with the relevant job skills. Plans for the higher education sector include curricula with greater relevance to practice and to the needs of the labour market, course modules on entrepreneurship, and the establishment of new training institutions (Institut Supérieur d’Enseignement Professionnel - ISEP) which equate roughly to Germany’s “Berufsakademien”, or vocational academies.


The degree courses and further training courses on renewable energies and energy efficiency at selected universities are more relevant to practice and to the needs of the labour market.


On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ will support the Government of Senegal in implementing its objectives and strategies in the energy sector. The project operates in four fields of activity:

  • A German-Senegalese university partnership is being developed in order to build linkages between Senegalese universities, to strengthen exchange between universities, and to contribute expertise  to the labour-market-oriented development of existing and new curricula. This will be supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The German partner university is also involved in the other fields of activity.
  • The universities of Thiès, Bambey, Saint-Louis and Ziguinchor will join forces to offer a master’s degree course in renewable energies (MIER). The introduction of new modules to the curriculum will improve its practical application in the world of employment. In addition, the project is developing the curriculum for a new two-year course at an ISEP. It is supporting cooperation arrangements, primarily with companies, with a view to integrating company internships into the courses and tailoring the course content to the needs.
  • The project is working to improve the business start-up skills of graduates. Market observation, establishment of contacts with potential customers, business start-ups, development of innovations, formulation of business plans and small start-ups are all being promoted to this end. The project is also providing advice on consultancy services and on linking up with the private sector to business incubators at the participating universities which provide students and other interested parties with rooms and advice to prepare them for a successful business start-up. Business start-up modules are to be integrated into the MIER course.
  • The conditions are being created for the provision of specialist continuing education courses.


Twelve practice-oriented modules have been developed for the MIER course, three of them on entrepreneurship. Around 350 people (students, teachers and administrative staff with an advisory role) have completed training in setting up a business. Two business incubators have been equipped with technical and material resources. A platform for a start-up idea competition has been set up. Thirty-five students have attended summer school courses on renewable energy/energy efficiency and 25 university lecturers have attended workshops in the respective partner country (Germany - Senegal). The University of Applied Sciences in Cologne awards scholarships to master’s degree students and PhD students. The partner universities have entered into cooperation agreements with a trade association and with a company from the energy sector and involve them in the development of course content and student internships..

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