WASCAL – International Masters Program in Energy and Green Hydrogen (IMP-EGH)

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Developing and sustaining green hydrogen technology within Southern and Western Africa will largely depend on the availability of the relevant know-how within the local communities. Currently these needed experts are scarcely available. Local engineers, technologists, technicians, researchers, science managers and academics are needed on ground in sufficient quantity and proficiency. As part of its capacity building activities in Africa, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) founded in partnership with the West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) a graduate school. Next to existing graduate school programs the content of this project funded by the BMBF is the two-year master program “International Master Program in Energy and Green Hydrogen (IMP-EGH)”.

The IMP-EGH aims to train students based on international standard and best practices to be able to serve the human capacity need of both the local and international energy markets. Particular focus should be given to developing capacity in the area of green hydrogen technology. This includes all related fields from green hydrogen production and storage as well as the entire values chains in its utilization and application. Specifically, IMP-EGH will:

  1. support West Africa through capacity building for accelerated transition to a green economy with particular focus on hydrogen.
  2. strengthen existing partnership between the BMBF and WASCAL and indeed the international cooperation between Germany and West Africa.
  3. contribute to a more balanced global educational system.
  4. develop innovative and smart teaching and learning tools based on international best practices.

Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ) together with RWTH Aachen University will support this program beginning from its set up, implementation and onwards. Support shall be in the form of teaching and student supervision via online teaching tools and on-sight visits.

The Chair of Management Accounting manages the project on behalf of the RWTH and coordinates the specialization track „Economics, Policies & Infrastructure“ in which the following chairs are contentwise involved:

Assistant Professor of Decision Analysis and Socio-economic Assessment (Sandra Venghaus)

Chair for Energy System Economics (Aaron Praktiknjo)

International Economics Unit (Oliver Lorz)

Institute of Sustainability in Civil Engineering (Marzia Traveso)

Additionally, the Chair of Management Accounting leads together with the advertised Assistant Professorship a junior research group that will focus on the modeling and analysis of energy system changes in developing countries. Specific research topics emphasize the study of

  • value chains and their cost structures
  • entire energy systems
  • institutional frameworks
  • capacity building, agency and incentives

The junior research group aims to make content-related contributions to the IMP-EGH in form of current and relevant research results.

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