Capacity Building

27 January 2015
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In addition to the PhD and MSc training that serve to strengthen the partners’ institution capacity

In addition to the PhD and MSc training that serve to strengthen the partners’ institution capacity, 10 academic staff from Hawassa, 4 from Mekelle, and 10 staff from Norway will take part in academic exchange. The faculty from NMBU will engage in curriculum development and review, seminar and graduate course offering, and joint supervision of graduate students. Each of the 14 staff from Ethiopia will spend a month in Norway. They will involve in joint research and students supervision, literature review, joint publication while in Norway. Some project activities like quality and quantity of bioenergy analysis and some chemical analyses require modern and very expensive devices that are not available in the South. Hence project activities related to the above will be conducted at NMBU. In the long run such a visit will also contribute to improve the teaching and research capacity of the staff in the South as they will be exposed to cutting age science and technology.

 

  • 20 technical staff from LMIC (10 from each institute) will get in country training on research methods and equipment maintenance.
  • Three short term trainings (20 participants; one training in each of Hawassa and Mekelle with 10 participants each) will be offered in the field of administrative systems. Contents of the training include application of ICT in academic administration, procurement and auditing systems, and purchasing. 
  • A bioenergy networking will be established to ensure a smooth, continuous and fast knowledge sharing. This involves establishment of freely accessible bioenergy website, where important information on project activities and findings are made available for partners and the general public. The website will also serve as platform to exchange ideas among project partners. It will be managed by HwU.
  • The partner institutions will get funding to procure scientific equipment and field vehicles to improve their teaching and research capacity. The partner institutions in this project (Hawassa and Mekelle Universities) have moderately equipped laboratories but they all lack reagents, kits, and equipment for certain soil analysis (carbon contents) and plant analysis (energy contents as feed for livestock). They also lack equipment for measuring GHG and modern techniques required for quality and quantity of bioenergy analysis in bioenergy feedstock. The bioenergy project is to be primarily conducted in rural communities in various locations that are far from the universities, towns and at times in places not accessible by public transport.The project requires regular field visits by researchers and project coordinator to implement the activities, to regularly consult local communities, and to monitor and evaluate project activities. Thus the purchase of vehicles facilitates the on schedule implementation of the project. The vehicle purchased by the project will be under the control of project coordinator at HwU.
  • To carry out the controlled biofuel crop cultivation (life cycle analysis of the crops) and biofuel production system, and for the identification of the quality of the biofuels produced from different feedstock, the establishment of  a shade house, and the procure of simple locally made briquette moulding machine and some lab equipment and chemicals at HwU and MU are needed. Thus, the project will fund for these research facilities.  
  • Biogas research center will be established at Hawassa University. There is sufficient feedstock from dairy, fattening, poultry and abattoir centers; as well as from student cafeteria, latrine, dormitories and university hospital. It will be used for conducting research, principally for refining biogas technologies. Moreover, the center will serve as a training center for academic staff, local communities, NGOs, policy makers, private investors, and business men.

 

  • Last, but not least, in order to have a successful collaboration, all the staff and PhD students involved will be offered a course in “Project Management – Project in everyday use” given by Centre for Continued Education, NMBU. This will be given together with the first 2 project meetings of the project, with 3 months apart. This will provide Project Management skills, tools (software) and simultaneously plan the project implementation for the first 12-18 months of the project. This has been successfully done in the NORHED project Controlling diseases of sweet potato and enset in Ethiopia and South Sudan (Agreement Number ETH-13/0017)

 

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