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TVET and Higher Education for Boosting Road Infrastructure Development and Growth of Energy Services

THE BRIDGES project in Somalia/Somaliland

 

The project aims to support Somalia/Somaliland in enhancing inclusive economic growth and reduce poverty through assists in the development of high level skills both for gainful employment and sustainable economic development. In order to meet the labour demands in road infrastructure and energy sectors, the action aims to strengthening TVET and higher education (HE) to make them better equipped and responsive to the changing market situations in the selected priority sectors of the economy.

VP Electrical Power Systems worked together with Eindhoven Institute of Technology (TU/e) and Care International on the energy sector part of the project.  It started by conducting a need assessment to identify the gaps between the demands of the energy sector of the countries and what the academic institutes are offering. Meanwhile, the analysis of the human capacity of several electrical power systems actors is part of the objective.

To bridge the gap between the industry and the academic institutes, it is critical to enhance the curriculum, to install new hardware for the laboratories, extra literature for their libraries and capacity building of the instructors that the new graduates can support and add value to the industry.

Currently, the instructors are trained based on the tailored curriculum and laboratory equipment to advance the laboratories are acquired. We are finalizing the next phase by installing the laboratory equipment and supervising the instructors while lecturing their students based on the new curriculum and newly equipped laboratory.