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25 varsity instructors benefit from German solar technology skills


The foreign Office of Federal Republic of Germany has supported and financed the training of 25 university lecturers on solar technology. 
The training is aimed at ensuring that universities are well equipped to transfer expertise on solar technologies to engineering students.  
The project tagged ‘Support to renewal energies at universities in Nigeria’ is part of Foreign Office’s contributions towards the German- Nigerian Energy Partnership, which initiated the concept solar energy for Universities in Nigeria.

The funds are implemented by Deutche Gesellschaft fur Internationale  Zusamenarbeit [GIZ].
25 lecturers from partnering universities have benefited from a four-week intensive training on Solar Photovoltaic Installation Supervision at Energy Academy in Lagos. 
BAS Associates, an experience capacity development provider, who has been empanelled by GIZ to deliver quality vocational training in Nigeria’s clean energy sector, conducted the course. 

The hands-on skills transfer enables participants to effectively train young professionals in their universities.
Dr. Stefan Traumann, Consul General of Federal Republic of Germany, personally handed over certificates to trainees recently and congratulated organisers and participants.
“Practical skills transfer to universities will ensure that students are better able to meet the demands of industries thus benefiting from job opportunities in renewable energies.

“In addition, the Germany fund are used to support the university of Ibadan in setting up solar training centre for students, updating the engineering curriculum assisting partner universities in development of feasible models for solar electrification of the campuses”, he said.
He added that GIZ coordinates the Foreign Office funds as part of its Nigerian Energy Support Programme. 
The programme is co- funded by the European Union, Germany, and governments and jointly implemented with the Federal Ministry of Power and Works and Housing. 
It aims at improving investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency and rural electrification.

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