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Capacity Building Through a Web Based Master Degree Programme in Sustainable Energy Engineering
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Heat and Power Technology. EIT InnoEnergy, Sweden.
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2017 (English)In: PROCEEDINGS OF 2017 IEEE GLOBAL ENGINEERING EDUCATION CONFERENCE (EDUCON2017), IEEE, 2017, p. 800-805Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Open Distance Learning is gaining popularity as a successful alternative for on-campus higher education especially with the emergence of web based platforms which enable the online delivery of courses worldwide. This emerging educational pedagogy can successfully be employed as means of capacity building of the people living in the less fortunate parts of the world where higher education especially at master level are scarce. This paper presents a two-year collaborative master study programme in sustainable energy engineering offered in synchronous with an on-campus study programme conducted by the KTH Royal Institute of Technology of Sweden, to students of Sri Lanka, which was facilitated by the Open University of Sri Lanka. The paper describes the need of such a programme, the format of course delivery and assessment thereof, plus the benefits gained. This programme has produced 72 post graduates in Sri Lanka alone and more than 200 distant postgraduates worldwide in the field of sustainable energy engineering during last 10 years period. In terms of capacity building in the energy sector in Sri Lanka this is considered a great achievement. The experience gained by the local staff in the role of local facilitators who engaged in some of the academic related activities such as evaluation of students' presentation and co-supervision of thesis projects have been greatly appreciated as being additional benefits to the staff in terms of their own academic development and capacity building. Finally, conclusions are made on how remote programmes of study could successfully be delivered to places where such know-how is scarce by adapting appropriate technologies in training personnel at postgraduate level to meet the needs of the industry.

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IEEE, 2017. p. 800-805
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IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, ISSN 2165-9567
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sustainable energy engineering, remote education, capacity building
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Energy Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-211633DOI: 10.1109/EDUCON.2017.7942938ISI: 000405192300121Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85023596000ISBN: 978-1-5090-5467-1 OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-211633DiVA, id: diva2:1130410
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8th IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON), APR 25-28, 2017, Athens, GREECE
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QC 20170809

Available from: 2017-08-09 Created: 2017-08-09 Last updated: 2017-08-09Bibliographically approved

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