Awareness building seminar with beneficiaries, by Dipendra Mandal.

Photo: Dipendra Mandal

Curricula Development for Efficient Lighting and Renewable Energy Technology (CELRE)

Coordinator Aalto University
Contact details

Prof. Liisa Halonen (liisa.halonen(at)
Dr. Pramod Bhusal (pramod.bhusal(at)

Budget €398 394
Duration 6/2013 - 5/2015, 24 months
Academic field Engineering


Aalto University, Finland
Kathmandu University, Nepal
Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia

Brief Description:

The overall objective of the project is to assist two selected developing countries in improving the efficiency of their energy usage in the field of lighting techniques through the development of efficient lighting management curricula for a number of Nepalese and Ethiopian academia. The specific objectives of the project are:

  1. To identify important factors of needs and opportunity for efficient lighting management in Nepal and Ethiopia
  2. To develop “energy efficient lighting” curricula
  3. To promote efficient lighting management curricula in similar developing countries.

The project actions are divided into following six different phases.

  • Preliminary Phase: Project kick-off (Activities: kick-off meeting, project planning, website);
  • Phase 1: Need assessment in target countries (Activities: workshop, awareness building seminar, survey with beneficiaries, report);
  • Phase 2: Integrated Higher Education Concept Development (Activities: Conceptual workshop, strategy development workshop, preparation of strategy paper );
  • Phase 3: Develop the curricula modules (Activities: Curricula and lecture modules development );
  • Phase 4: Curricula Field Testing and Enhancement (Activities: Pilot curricula testing, feedback sessions with beneficiaries, curricula enhancement);
  • Phase 5: Develop a dissemination and implementation strategy for wide application

Result Area(s):

  • Improved quality and relevance of higher education

Key Results to be Achieved:

  • Enhancement of skill and knowledge teaching staff and students for efficient use of energy in lighting
  • Improvement of linkages for effective dissemination of research and academic output for the lighting engineering sector
  • Enhanced linkage and cooperation between academic programmes and government policies in target countries