Capacity Building for Renewable Energy Planning in Cuban Higher Education Institutions (CRECE)

Research summary

The CRECE project, coordinated by the Finland Futures Research Centre, supports Cuba in the provision of regionally relevant multidisciplinary education in sustainable energy engineering and renewable energy development. This is done in order to ensure that Cuban higher education institutions (HEIs) are better equipped and able to provide high-quality experts for the ever-growing societal and energy sector development needs. The Cuban energy sector is undergoing a state-led transformation. So far, this “Energy Revolution” has improved energy efficiency but harnessing renewable energy (RE) resources is still lagging far behind. In order to attract investors, meet the government's RE targets, and reduce CO2 emissions and environmental pollution from fossil fuels, Cuba needs national expertise and experts in RE development. CRECE answers this call by training skilled experts and enabling cross-sectoral and regional cooperation possibilities. Cuban partners will be better equipped to conduct international-level energy related research and provide sustainable energy experts to the growing labour market needs.

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The CRECE project supports Cuba in the provision of regionally relevant multidisciplinary education in sustainable energy engineering and renewable energy development. This is done in order to ensure that Cuban higher education institutions (HEIs) are better equipped and able to provide high-quality experts for the ever-growing societal and energy sector development needs. The Cuban energy sector is undergoing a state-led transformation. So far, this “Energy Revolution” has improved energy efficiency but harnessing renewable energy (RE) resources is still lagging far behind. In order to attract investors, meet the government's RE targets, and reduce CO2 emissions and environmental pollution from fossil fuels, Cuba needs national expertise and experts in RE development. CRECE answers this call by training skilled experts and enabling cross-sectoral and regional cooperation possibilities. Cuban partners will be better equipped to conduct international-level energy related research and provide sustainable energy experts to the growing labour market needs.

In the long run, CRECE will impact on Cuban energy self-sufficiency and domestic growth. By harnessing Cuban RE potential, not only greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced, but also expenditures and dependency on Venezuelan oil imports will be minimised, while simultaneously improving domestic energy access and security.

The project begins by creating a roadmap for addressing energy transition needs in Cuba through higher education. Following this roadmap, CRECE improves capacity and
internationalisation of partner HEIs through (1) modernising learning outcomes on sustainable energy and sustainability; (2) improving teaching approaches; (3) reviewing
curricula and updating learning modules; (5) improving materials, tools, equipment and facilities for quality education; (5) creating networks with relevant energy sector
stakeholders; and (6) facilitating International research collaboration and partnerships.

The primary objective of the project is to support Cuban partner HEIs in the provision of upto-date and relevant education in sustainable energy systems to meet current societal and labour market needs. Regional cooperation is fostered through partnering with Costa Rica, showcasing how Costa Rican national policies have had a strong impact on prioritising renewable energy and transforming the energy sector. Cross-regional knowledge transfer is enabled by engaging European RE experts

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Research title
Capacity Building for Renewable Energy Planning in Cuban Higher Education Institutions (CRECE)

Research timeline
1.9.2017 -

Keywords
capacity building climate change curriculum development pedagogy renewable energy Sustainability

Region
Caribbean Latin America

Countries
Array

Institution
University of Turku
Finland Futures Research Centre
Turku, Finland

Head of research
Mika Korkeakoski

Research team
Noora Vähäkari, Mika Korkeakoski, Osku Haapasaari, Jyrki Luukkanen

Partners
Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC), University of Turku, Finland; Tampere University of Technology (TUT), Finland; Europa-Universität Flensburg (EUF), Germany; University of León (ULE), Spain; University of Oriente (UO), Cuba; Instituto Superior Politécnico Jose Antonio Echeverria (CUJAE), Cuba; Instituto Superior Minero Metalúrgico de Moa (ISMMM), Cuba; United Nations University for Peace (UPeace), Costa Rica; EARTH University (Earth), Costa Rica; University of Vigo (Uvigo), Spain; CubaEnergia, Cuba; Centro de Investigacion de Energia Solar (CIES), Cuba; Universidad Autónoma de Centroamérica (UACA), Costa Rica

Contact information
Mika Korkeakoski
044 333 3275
mika.korkeakoski@utu.fi
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Record last updated
15.6.2020