Lesotho’s energy challenges are manifold: only 6% of rural households are connected to the national grid. Stagnant generation capacities and problems in the maintenance of facilities contrast with rising electricity demand. The country is still dependent on power imports from Mozambique and South Africa, and renewable energy technologies and resources are only known to a limited extend. In order to build innovative capacities and knowledge for a more sustainable energy supply in Lesotho, the National University of Lesotho (NUL) is in the process of establishing an Energy Research Centre at the university. In this context, the RECP is supporting NUL in providing quality academic training on sustainable energy issues.
With RECP support, existing short courses on sustainable energy currently offered at NUL will be upgraded to a full-fledged Master’s programme. The RECP provides technical support in curriculum and syllabus development, facilitation of international university cooperation and industry involvement, and provision of learning and research facilities. Several partners are committedly supporting the educational foundation in sustainable energy, including a national advisory board with representatives from civil society, public and private sector, as well as an international consortium of Southern African and European universities. The Master’s programme is planned to be launched in January 2018.