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Associate Professor from USP's School of Engineering & Physics Dr. Anirudh Singh says the project will focus on efficient methods of using clean and affordable energy.

A new research project which will focus on efficient methods of using clean and affordable energy will soon kick off at USP. 

The LifeLongLearing for Energy Security, Access and Efficiency in the African and Pacific SIDS (LEAP), is a three-year project that will also concentrate on learning about how to become energy secure.

Project Supervisor Associate Professor Dr. Anirudh Singh, from the School of Engineering & Physics said its main objectives will be to develop programmes of study and a pilot teaching module in energy access, security and efficiency (EASE) for universities and other tertiary institutions, so that they can teach these subjects effectively to businesses and the public.

An essential pre-requisite that must be met before the project can begin is a needs-analysis that looks into who needs the training and what types of courses are required. The undertaking of this task will be led by USP.

According to Dr Singh, the benefits of this project to the Pacific will be significant.

He said the project will, for the first time, take a comprehensive approach to curriculum development in energy that will see the writing of courses in energy for all needs, from training the trainers to informing businesses, the government sector and energy conscious communities on the best strategies for accessing and utilizing energy in the indigenous environment.

“The benefits to the tertiary education sector will be immense,” he said.

“Not only will the project help integrate the teaching of energy in existing courses and academic programmes, it will in addition make possible the development of new courses of a vocational nature for direct consumption by the businesses and  administrators in the energy sector,” Dr. Singh added.

USP attracted funding for the new research project at the heels of the highly acclaimed Project DIREKT, which concluded its activities in early November 2012.

Like its predecessor, LEAP is also an EU-funded project initiated by the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg).

The project is once again being undertaken by a global consortium of universities, consisting of HAW Hamburg, Mauritius, PNG UNITECH and USP.    

Dr. Singh explained, unlike Project DIREKT, LEAP is an Edulink project, which means it will deal with the education rather than the science of energy. 

The kick-off meeting for the LEAP project will take place at the Laucala campus from 27-31 January 2014.

The project will attract Euros 96,000 (or FJD240,000) to USP in external research funding.


This news item was published on 16 Jan 2014 03:50:26 pm. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email communications@usp.ac.fj


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