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CIMO - NSS project

Network to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy use in lighting 2014-2015

Coordinator of the Project

Aalto University, Lighting Unit

Project Desciption

The objective of the project is to support Europe-Asia-Africa networks between higher education institutions to provide education that promotes sustainable socio-economic development. The project aims to assist selected two countries in South to reduce electricity consumption as well as greenhouse gas emissions through capacity building of human resources in the fields of energy efficient lighting systems and renewable energy.

Project Components

There are three components of the project: teacher and student exchanges, an intensive course, and dissemination activities.

Student exchanges:

The objective of student exchanges is to upgrade and enhance the skills and mobility of students, to provide opportunities for students to learn and generate new knowledge, and raise awareness in the field of energy efficiency and use of renewable energy in lighting, and to encourage them to think globally by increasing their understanding of cultural diversity.

The students taking part in exchange programme carry out study and practical training at the hosting University. The courses and the topics of the training activities are related to electrical engineering, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and lighting. The duration of each student exchanges is about 6 months, An individual student can only participate in a North-South-South student exchange once. There are alltogether 9 student exchanges during this proejct.


The student grant covers:
- travel expenses according to economy class and the most affordable way
- living allowance, according to an estimate of the cost of living on the target country
- visa and residence permit expenses
- insurance costs for incoming students
- mandatory vaccinations

A student grant can be awarded to an individual enrolled as a degree student in one of the partner higher education institutions. The grant can be awarded to students studying for a bachelor's or a master's degree, but not to those on their first year of bachelor's degree studies.

Teacher exchanges:

The teachers participating in the teacher’s exchange take part in the teaching activities of the hosting institution. Teacher exchanges vary from 1 week to 6 month in length. There were alltogether 4 teacher exchanges during this project.

Intensive course:

An intensive course titled “Energy efficient lighting and renewable energy use” will be organized at Kathmandu University, Nepal on 2015 Spring. The course consists of 30 hours of teaching and 3 hours of exam. Kathmandu University will provide the credit for the students completing the course which will be converted to equivalent local credit at the universities in Finland and Ethiopia. Teacher from all three partner institutions will take part in teaching. Students from all partner universities will attend the course.

Network meeting:

Two dissemination seminars, one in Nepal and one in Ethiopia will be organized on 2015 Autumn. The objective of the seminars is to spread the knowledge gained in the project to the students and academics in similar fields at other HEIs as well as to other stakeholders interested in the subject. Kathmandu University will organize the seminar to be held in Nepal and Bahir Dar University will organize the seminar to be held in Ethiopia.

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