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Welcome to “EU-Asia Collaboration for aCcessible Education in Smart Power Systems (eACCESS)” Project

The project comes at a time when many south-east Asian countries are undergoing rapid industrial revolution and industrialisation processes. This results in increasing demand for energy, particularly electricity. Sourcing a cheap, safe and reliable electricity supply is central to further economic development.

Higher education institutions are expected to produce technical staff, engineers, experts and tutors which will able to design, maintain and further develop advanced technical solutions, as well as to train other staff resources like technicians and managers, who will be up to the job and ready to effectively and efficiently adopted and use modern power technologies.

Currently, the subjects which are central to help build modern power engineers are not available from the project’s partner universities, and the content of current classes and the delivery mechanism does not meet students’ expectations and challenges related to the transformation of the power sector.

The consortium of seven European and Asian partners has won total project funding of almost €1 million under the competitive Erasmus+ Key Action 2 call. The Kantipur Engineering College team has been awarded €198,000 in funding from the Erasmus+ programme to ultimately support universities in Bhutan, Nepal and Indonesia.

Kantipur Engineering College academics (Er. Dipesh Shrestha, Er. Sushil Paudel, Er. Bishal Rimal and Er.Avishek Sapkota) will work with three partner universities – Lodz University of Technology in Poland, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and University of the West of Scotland (UWS) in Scotland– to produce undergraduate and postgraduate programmes focussing on smart power systems.

Objective of the eACCESS project:

eACCESS project will fill knowledge and skill deficit in the area of modern power system of the identified countries through knowledge dissemination, skill development and capacity building. These countries are facing challenges in supporting power and energy requirements due to lack of leadership, knowledge and facilities to develop skill personal in this region. eACCESS will mainly target this challenges and offer required solutions through collaboration with local universities for enabling capacity building in Higher Education Sector.

The implementation of the eACCESS project will also benefit local energy companies, which will gain access to new, well-educated engineering staff, will be able to undertake research cooperation with local universities in the implementation of new solutions and the application of new technologies in power engineering.

KEC role on this project:

KEC is one of the five direct beneficiaries of the eACCESS project. KEC is currently at the stage of preparation of theirelectrical engineering courses. In the framework of the eACCESS project KEC will implement the full study undergraduate program Electrical Engineering, it will progress towards the implementation of master programme and it will organize the professional trainings oriented on industrialpartners.

KEC will lead the consultation process with external stakeholders and it will be the primary beneficiary, validator andregional administrator of the eACCESS teaching platform. Regarding teaching facilities, KEC is going to build advanced High Voltage Laboratory.KEC will be also responsible for the organization of the promotional and recruitment process for new teaching modulesand professional courses, as well as it will be involved in the preparation of the eACCESS promotional materials.KEC will be the leader of the work package WP4, which includes Technical specification of the laboratories, Commission of Physical Laboratories and its technical documentation.

Further, KEC will lead following tasks T1.4, T3.2 and T4.2. T1.4 is about consultations with the relevant third partners, other universities and local industrial stakeholders. T3.2 is testing of the eACCESS platform at partner universities and user trainings and T4.2 is about building and commissioning of the eACCESS-HVPL laboratory in KEC premises.

eAccess Profile: linkedin.com/in/eaccess-erasmus-a468251aa

Website: eaccess-edu.eu/ 

Email: info@eaccess-edu.eu

Name Academic position Project role Email
Er. Dipesh Shrestha Senior Lecturer Team Head, Moodle Implementation Team dipeshshresth@kec.edu.np
Er. Sushil Paudel Lecturer Team Incharge, eACCESS Team sushilpaudel@kec.edu.np
Er. Bishal Rimal Lecturer Member, eACCESS Team  bishalrimal@kec.edu.np
Er. Avishek Sapkota Lecturer Member, eACCESS Team avisheksapkota@kec.edu.np