EPIC was kicked off at the University of Alicante (UA) on 18th and 19th November 2013 together with another 5 EDULINK projects which support sustainable energy and agricultural practices. Project introduction and tasks’ deployment in an individual meeting with the EPIC consortium from Fiji and Papua New Guinea was followed by the joint session.
As described in the project title, Renewable energy in Pacific islands: developing Skills and Capacity - EPIC, it focuses on the Pacific region with an objective to encourage regional co-operation in renewable energy. The two participated universities, University of Fiji and University of Papua New Guinea, will develop master programmes and research centres on renewable energy with the assistance from the UA and a regional institution, Applied Geoscience and Technology Division of Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SOPAC).
The kick-off event, which attracted an approximate 50 delegates from Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific, provided networking opportunities between the different EDULINK projects co-ordinated by the UA as well as a space to discuss the activities and project regulations. The meeting was divided into 2 sessions: A plenary session in the morning in which all six projects’ partners were informed the common rules of the EDULINK programme and discussed the key issues, such as exploitation and dissemination, and quality. After that, individual meetings were held with a view to deepening the understandings of the distinct activities, outputs and results expected.
The other 5 EDULINK projects are:
SUCCEED Network – East African Higher Education Network on Sustainable and Energy Efficient Campus Development
CAP4INNO – Knowledge transfer capacity building for enhanced energy access & efficiency in the Caribbean
IP4GROWTH – Enhancing Intellectual Property Capacities for Agricultural Development
CAPACITY4FOOD – Integrated Soil Fertility Management for Food Security matching capacities in Anglophone West African Nations HEIs with local needs
FisherMan – Capacity building for sustainable Fisheries Management in the Southwest Indian Ocean