Master's Research Programs
CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY
Workshop launching ceremony
The opening ceremony of the workshop took place at the MRP CC& Energy Center on Tuesday 28 February from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. The ceremony was attended by the acting Rector, university Abdou Moumouni (UAM), Prof. Amadou Boureima and by the Dean of the Faculty of Science and technology,Prof. Bakasso Yacouba. The member of the WASCAL Board from Niger, by Prof. Hassirou Mahamadou as well as WASCAL lecturers and staff also attended the ceremony.
During his opening address, the acting Rector, Prof Boureima, (who spoke on behalf of the Rectorwho was out of town), expressed the pleasure of UAM of welcoming students from the African Union / PAUWES, coming from a wide range of African countries. He also ensured all partners involved in the initiative, particularly WASCAL, ZEF and PAUWES, of his university commitment for a strong and long lasting collaboration. Prior to the Rector statement, participants to the opening ceremony were presented a video address by Prof Janet Adelegan, the Director of Capacity Building Program of WASCAL. Prof Adelegan welcomed PAUWES students to WASCAL and wished all students a studious and productive workshop. The Dean of the Faculty of Science and technology (Prof. Bakasso Yacouba) and the Director of the WASCAL MRP CC & Energy also made short statements to welcome the PAUWES students and wish all a nice workshop.
Curse work / course activities / assessment
The program of the workshop consisted of two main parts:
A thematic component that lasted one week during which students were lectured on climate change risks, mitigation and adaptation for Sub-Saharan Africa energy sector by Prof Adesina (Nigeria) and a review of energy generation technologies by Prof Madougou (Niger) and Dr Saley (Niger).
A component focusing on research methodology conducted during the second week of workshop, animated by Prof. Harouna (Niger) and Prof. Adamou (Niger).
Field trips and visits (including museum)
Field trips were conducted to visit two projects on solar energy:
The first project concerned a community drinking water project on the outskirt of Niamey, equipped with a solar powered water pumping system (borehole, pump, a solar power system, a storage tank…).
A second project concerning an off-grid solar electric system to power the building and operations of a small NGO in Niamey, the Scoots capacity building Center of Koira Tedji.
Organization of a youth conference (presentations by WASCAL and PAUWES students and by participants of Young (YARI)
An experiences sharing conference of WASCAL, PAUWES and YARI was also organized on Friday 10 March 2017 at the Auditorium Dan Dicko Dan Kolodo of the Faculty of Science and Technology.
The conference was animated by three distinct groups with different experiences:
The group of students from the WASCAL capacity building regional initiative
The group of students from the PAUWES training all Africa initiative
The group of young participants from YALI (Young African Leaders Initiative - a President Obama initiative) who have recently attended a training on entrepreneurship, civic leadership and public management at the Regional Leadership Center West Africa – Dakar housed at CESAG (Dakar) and sponsored by US – AID.
The conference was attended by more than 200 students and youths.
Information on each of the three initiatives was given through presentations by representatives of each of the groups. Discussions and exchange of ideas concluded the conference.
Organization of a small party to hand out certificates of participation to students and farewell of Officials of the Faculty of Science and Technology
On Saturday 12 March night, a small party was organized at the MRP CC & Energy. Local roasted lamb meat was degusted. The gathering was also an occasion to hand to each of the participants an individual certificate of participation to the WASCAL/PAUWES/ZEF Workshop (see photos).The party was attended by the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, Heads of Departments and workshop lecturers.
The Council of the University Abdou Moumouni of Niamey has decided during its January 2016 Session to name the WASCAL MRP building under construction after Prof Abdoulaye Alassane, the first MRP CC& Energy Director, who passed away during the 2015 Mecca pilgrimage. The holding of the PAUWES / WASCAL workshop was considered as a good occasion to perform both the inauguration of the building and naming ceremony.
The ceremony was held on Friday 10 March. It was presided by the Rector of the University Abdou Moumouni of Niamey, Prof Abarchi Habibou and the Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Nils Wortmann (the Ambassador was away from the country).
The event was attended by more than 300 persons, including university faculty and staff, students, representatives of the German Embassy and the family /relatives of late Prof Abdoulaye Alassane.
Several speeches including that of the Rector, University AbdouMoumouni of Niamey, of the Representative of the German Ambassador, the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology and the MRP Director were delivered during the ceremony. All addresses commended the late Prof Abdoulaye Alassane for his role in establishing WASCAL at the University Abdou Moumouni; speakers to the event also praised the WASCAL initiative and particularly its Capacity Building Program (i) for training young scientists in the area of climate change and(ii) for its role in contributing to establishment and strengthening of the cooperation between Universities in Africa and Germany. The regional character of the program and the new cooperation between PAUWES and WASCAL were also highly appreciated.
Following the addresses, the Rector and the Ambassador a.i. proceeded to the cutting of the ribbons to inaugurate the building and unveiled its name plate. A brief visit of the building was also organized.
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