Higher Education Institutional Cooperation Instrument-Sustainable Climate Change and Energy Education Development

Research summary

SUCCEED is a capacity building project which seeks to enhance and promote climate change, environmental and renewable energy education, research, and development. The overall objective of SUCCEED is that the partner countries are able to train and educate national experts capable of advocating national and international climate change policy and renewable energy promotion from the perspective of the least developed countries, especially with regards to: climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, climate finance, energy policy and renewable energy technology. Other objectives include improved skills of teaching staff to ensure successful implementation of climate change and renewable energy education in energy, and environmental degree programmes, improved research and pedagogical skills, improved facilities at ITC, NUOL, RUPP & YTU and promotion of networking and cooperation with national and international institutions and stakeholders.


The project uses the “Training of Trainers” approach in which the target group is the partner universities` academic staff. The trainings focuses on improving skills on climate change, environmental and energy education by improving the quality of education and quantity of qualified trainers trained in the substance areas, improving the pedagogical and research skills, improvement of physical research and teaching facilities to provide quality education as well as developing regional networks and cooperation for collaboration in research and education. The increased knowledge is then transmitted to the students at the partner HEIs. The project, though it is in the first year of implementation, some positive social impact is already being realized. The project is improving the capacities of the direct beneficiaries and other stakeholders particularly the teaching staff and students in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. To date around 50 staff members have been trained on the above mentioned topics. Results from a capacity assessment carried out after the training shows that there is an increased level of knowledge and skills on climate change, renewable energy and research among the participants. This directly provides the much needed high level experts in the field of climate change policy, renewable energy and research and indirectly influence in meeting the national development goals and fighting climate change and poverty.

Research info

Research title
Higher Education Institutional Cooperation Instrument-Sustainable Climate Change and Energy Education Development

Research timeline
1.8.2013 - 1.12.2015

capacity building climate change renewable energy training of the trainers approach


Cambodia, Finland, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar

University of Turku (FFRC)
Turku School of Economics
Turku, Finland

Funding instrument
Ministry for Foreign Affairs (ICI, HEI-ICI, N-S-S)

Project budget
200,000 - 500,000 euros

Head of research
Jyrki Luukkanen

Research team
Jyrki Luukkanen, Mika Korkeakoski, Visa Tuominen

National University of Laos (NUOL), Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC), Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) and Yangon Technological University (YTU)

Contact information
+358 44 3333 275
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