Managerial Work Packages

  1. WP1 Analysis of Needs and Opportunities of the Regional Labour Market

This WP aims at a deepen analysis of the situation in the target countries in order to identify the skills and competences required by key actors in the labour market that are expected to be supplied by the local universities. A census of relevant stakeholders in the Energy Agro-food Nexus will be carried out by groups of African academics and European staff participating together to a ten days fieldwork in each of the involved Africa Partner countries. Results of the analysis will be first discussed at local level and then they will be presented at a Regional Conference organized by the University of Nairobi in Kenya. This WP includes a survey of the study programmes offered in the Partner Universities and the assessment of opportunities, either administrative or academics, to modernize selected curricula and integrate them at regional level.

  1. WP2 Capacity Building For Academic and Administrative Staff of Universities

This WP aims at supporting the effort of the African Partner Universities to improve competences in teaching, especially among young professors, and to raise awareness on two dimensions that are strategic for Energy-Agro-Food project, i.e. the integration at regional level and the integration between university programs and the labour market.

African Partner Universities need to make their teaching programs at post graduate level more effective and attractive but, in order to do this, they need to create and reinforce the local education supply. To achieve expected results the action comprises short study visits for senior professors who will study strategies employed by European Partner Universities to cooperate with external stakeholders; long study visits are organized for African young professors in Europe to improve their technical and academic skills with relevance to the relation between teaching, research, and innovation policies carried out at departmental level (knowledge triangle: Research, Innovation, Teaching).

In addition ENERGY-AGR proposes two methodological workshops that will be hosted by the University of Pavia (IT) and by the Sokoine University of Agriculture (TZ). The first deals with teaching methodologies based on specific case studies. This allows the revision and consolidation of teaching competencies, quality assurance’s schemes, and standards’ harmonization. The latter is targeted both to professors and senior administrative staff and will focus on opportunities of integration of teaching activities at regional level and to enforce mobility schemes either for students or professors.

  1. WP3 Joint Design Of New Teaching Modules

This WP aims at maximizing the results achieved in WP1 and WP2, offering conditions to implement new modules and didactic activities in the African Partner Universities. After increasing awareness on competences required by local and regional labour markets and an improvement of teaching skills and practices, the Partner Universities are now ready to design new teaching modules, to produce innovative teaching materials and include exercise on specific case studies to integrate the new modules in the current study programs or in the form of new Lifelong learning initiatives. In addition, African Partner Universities are required to link teaching modules to dedicated internship experiences that engages stakeholders involved during the context analysis (WP1).

  1. WP4 Implementation Of The Modules And Internship Programmes

This work package is the core phase of the project: it stems directly from WP3and foresees the teaching modules and internship implementation. It has the aim of testing the newly designed teaching modules and materials through a pilot summer school organized for students of the African Partner Universities; subsequently it envisages the integration of the teaching modules into existing academic curricula in the African Partner Universities and/or customizing specific Lifelong learning courses addressed to professionals of the Energy-Agriculture sector. In order to facilitate the exchange of experiences and integration of contents in the teaching modules and materials, dedicated mobility schemes are defined on the basis of an agreed Memorandum allowing the exchange of academic staff and students on a continuous basis. Finally, the internship programmes designed in WP3 are implemented starting with an initial explanatory workshop putting together students and external actors offering internship opportunities. Then, the internships programmes are officially presented to students who will experience practical training and will achieve further skills required by the labour market.

Energy Agro-food Synergies in Africa: New Educational Models for Universities