The National University of Lesotho, with technical and financial support from the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP), has added a Master of Science (MSc) in Sustainable Energy to its curriculum. The programme will start in August 2018. During this two-year course, students will learn how to develop sustainable energy systems that meet the needs of the public and private sector. It will also prepare students to enter the renewable energy job market.
The degree programme was launched during the national university's International Science and Technology Innovation Conference and Expo (NULISTICE 2018) at the 'Manthabiseng Convention Centre from 23 - 26 January 2018. The university also hosted the second Africa-EU Renewable Energy Research & Innovation Symposium (RERIS 2018) at the same venue.
EU Ambassador to the Kingdom of Lesotho H.E. Christian Manahl was in attendance. Lesotho's Minister of Education, Honourable Mokhele Moletsane - representing The Right Honourable Prime Minister Thomas Motsoahae Thabane - provided the opening remarks.The Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, Honourable Joang Molapo introduced the event while Vice-Chancellor of the national university Professor Nqosa Mahao chaired.
Throughout 2017 the national university offered a series of week long short courses in Sustainable Energy. The MSc in Sustainable Energy was developed from those short courses.
The first year of the MSc in Sustainable Energy will comprise taught subjects which will cover both the technical and the socio-economic aspects of developing these kinds of energies. Subjects such as Solar Photovoltaic Systems, Hydro-Power, Bio-Energy, Energy Economy and Project Finance and, Sustainable Energy Solutions for Communities are just some examples of what will be taught in the degree programme. In the second year, students will actively engage in research projects as part of a dissertation.
For more information about the programme and to see schedules, visit the university's Energy Research Centre website.