ECOWAS, EU Initiate Clean Energy Scholarship Scheme

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ECOWAS, EU Initiate Clean Energy Scholarship Scheme
ECOWAS, EU Initiate Clean Energy Scholarship Scheme

Confirmed information by our reporter says that, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), in partnership with the European Union (EU), has launched a scholarship programme.

This, it was said, is to further accelerate deployment of clean energy and meet West Africa’s energy demand.

The report further states that, the initiative aims at building the capacity of young professionals in the West African energy sector, and as part of efforts to ensure sustainable access for the people of West Africa to clean energy and electricity,

Thus, these fully funded Masters Degree in a variety of sustainable energy courses at nine specialised universities and institutes in six West African countries will be allocated to highly talented students from ECOWAS member states pursuing careers in the energy sector.

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Accordingly, the nine Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) selected for this programme include: Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria), University of Ibadan (Nigeria), University of Nigeria Nsukka (Nigeria), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana), Ecole Polytechnique de Thiès (Senegal), Universite Cheikh Anta Diop (Senegal), Institut National Polytechnique Félix Houphouët-Boigny (Cote d’Ivoire), Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs -Université de Lomé (Togo), and Universidade de Cabo Verde (Cape Verde).

These higher institutions are renowned for their high-quality curriculum in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Threfore, this opportunity is open to all citizens of ECOWAS and Mauritania holding a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Energy and Environment (including Renewable Energy Energy and Energy Efficiency), Law, Economics, Finance and Planning. It allows applicants to apply for any of the nine institutions in one of the six countries and particular attention will be given to women candidates.

The report also stated that 75 students are targeted within the ECOWAS countries and selected in a competitive and transparent manner by respecting the geographical and language distributions.

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Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Human Development and Social Affairs of the ECOWAS Commission, Prof. Fatou Sow Sarr, in her statement, claimed that: ‘’the issue of energy is very important, especially, at the level of education; it is also important that the presence of women who benefit from these scholarships is significant. A big step has just been taken, but efforts must also be made towards countries that do not have the British Council on their territory and to always strengthen the presence of women in this scholarship selection programme.”

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