General Electric (GE) Renewable Energy has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology (AAIT) to enable the development of Renewables Hydro/Wind Power Generation Skills in Ethiopia.
AAIT is the premier Engineering and Research institution in Ethiopia, graduating engineers in more than seven undergraduate programs and 35 MSc and PhD programs.
“Collaboration with Industry is a key facet of exchange for AAIT and essential to addressing the need of students to be exposed to practical and thoughtful learning experiences while also ensuring the teachers are given access to the latest in the field of knowledge,” said Professor Admasu, President, Addis Ababa University.
GE and AAiT have been working together to develop and start the implementation of skills development programs since late 2016 and in March this year GE Renewable Energy Hydro engineering staff delivered a series of seminars to 30 AAIT students and faculty on Hydro turbines and generators technology.
The ultimate vision is to develop a Renewables Centre of Excellence at AAIT which will serve as a practical learning hub for undergraduate students in the Ethiopia University system; a research incubator for graduate students; and a reinforcing learning mechanism for faculty.
They will work together to build an ecosystem of enablers from development agencies, Renewables industry players and partners.
Yves Rannou, President and CEO, GE’s Hydro Solutions said the partnership will enable the sharing of current industry expertise and experience with students and faculty at AAIT, building a highly-qualified workforce that will support Ethiopia’s social and economic development.
GE recently partnered with Boeing and Kenya Airways in a similar initiative in Kenya to build capacity in aviation training schools in the East African region.
GE Renewable Energy is also working with Ethiopian Electric Power to develop new projects in the Hydro, Wind and Solar space in the country.