Project Information

The purpose of the L³EAP project is to increase the capacity of universities in African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) SIDS to deliver high-quality Lifelong Learning courses on the topics of energy access, security and efficiency.

  • By its focus on energy security, access and efficiency, L³EAP addresses a topic that is most relevant for the local labour market and socio-economic development in general.
  • By its focus on SIDS, L³EAP supports countries where energy access, energy security and efficiency play a central role for achieving socio-economic development goals, because of the high dependance of and costs for importing fossil fuels, as well as the low electrification rate
  • By its focus on Lifelong learning (LLL), L³EAP offers tailor-made solutions, for increasing on a short-term and flexible basis, the local availability of skilled human resources that is required by the local labour market for meeting the current challenges in the dynamic energy sector.

    With its focus on energy security, access and efficiency, LEAP addresses thematic fields of "Energy access and efficiency":
  • Deliver innovative solutions to improve access to energy
  • Foster the use of modern technologies
  • Stimulate the use of renewable energies and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
  • Help to develop policies and strategies to cleaner, stable electricity services (e.g. to households and businesses)

Thereby, L³EAP contributes to the global objective of supporting higher education of quality, that is efficient and relevant to the needs of the labour market and consistent with the ACP regions’ and member countries’ socio-economic development priorities.

L³EAP also aims to strengthen the academic capacity of the partner universities to modernise their teaching offers by a concrete development of LLL courses, the exchange of experiences among the partners on LLL, and learning-by-doing when developing and implementing a hands-on transnational pilot teaching module.

Motivation of the partner countries taking part in L³EAP

Mauritius has a dependancy on imported fossil fuels for its energy needs of 82% (2008). Its national goal is 65% autonomy in 2028, achieved by renewable energy/energy-efficiency. There is a strong need to for local expertise.

Fiji’s oil import bill was around 14% of its GDP (2010), thus most vulnerable to oil price volatility. The implementation of renewable energy infrastructure is highly-dependant on foreign experts. There is a strong need to educate communities on the efficient use of energy/use of new technologies. The outreach to communities is mostly achieved by NGOs; however, their staffs are not well trained in energy topics.

Germany is a leading developer, manufacturer of state-of the art energy technologies and active in export, technology transfer and developing cooperation in the energy sector. Many HEIs have dedicated programmes to renewable energy and energy efficiency; however, solutions for developing countries are not addressed.