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$240k project

Samuel Berenyi
Saturday, January 18, 2014

The University of the South Pacific is set to kick off a new research project that will focus on using clean and affordable energy.

The Life Long Learing for Energy Security, Access and Efficiency in the African and Pacific SIDS (LEAP), is a three-year project headed by project supervisor associate professor Dr Anirudh Singh, from the School of Engineering and Physics.

USP will attract $F240,000 (96,000 euro) in external research funding.

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

"The benefits to the tertiary education sector will be immense.

"Not only will the project help integrate the teaching of energy in existing courses and academic programs, 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.

Before the project can begin, USP would undertake a needs-analysis that looks into who needs the training and what types of courses are required.

USP attracted the funding for the research project after the highly acclaimed Project DIREKT, which concluded 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 will be undertaken by universities across the globe, consisting of HAW Hamburg, Mauritius, PNG UNITECH and USP.

"LEAP is an Edulink project, therefore it will deal with the education rather than the science of energy," explained Dr Singh.

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


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