WASCAL CAAL FOR APPLICATIONS (fully funded MSc program) – 2023 ADMISSIONS INTO INTERNATIONAL MASTER PROGRAM IN ENERGY AND GREEN HYDROGEN TECHNOLOGY (IMP-EGH) – Specialty: GREEN HYDROGEN PRODUCTION AND TECHNOLOGY
Specialty: ENERGY AND GREEN HYDROGEN TECHNOLOGY AND PRODUCTION
The West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) under the sponsorship of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is pleased to announce application for its Interdisciplinary Master Program in Energy and green hydrogen (IMP-EGH) in all fifteen (15) ECOWAS countries partners namely: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.
WASCAL is a wholly West African international organization with focus on academic and transdisciplinary research, building graduate-level scientific capacity and serving policy makers in West Africa with science-based advice on adaptation to climate change impacts and land use management.
It cooperates with many agencies and universities in the region, providing a knowledge platform of excellence for its partners. WASCAL is funded by BMBF, multilateral and bilateral partners and its West African member countries.
The Interdisciplinary Master Program in Energy and Green Hydrogen (IMP-EGH) is innovative for the West African region, and it is designed to prepare the next generation to address the energy challenges of adaptation and resilience to climate change in West Africa.
The program interdisciplinary approach will allow a better understanding of present-day energy infrastructures in West Africa, their strength and weaknesses, energy policies, practices in a changing climate context and the search for sustainable solutions.
Energy is a major issue in the world. More than 80% of the energy comes from fossil fuels, a finite resource unevenly distributed beneath the Earth’s surface.
Thus, reserves of fossil fuels are progressively decreasing, and their continued usage produces harmful pollutants and greenhouse gases (GHGs) associated with global warming and climate change. Furthermore, energy is a basic necessity for human activity, economy and social development.
In its Fourth Assessment Report, the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC, 2014)
has confirmed that climate change is real, and Africa is “one of the most vulnerable continents
to climate change and climate variability”.
The continent’s vulnerability is exacerbated, by
endemic poverty, economical and institutional weakness, and limited access of technological
and energy infrastructures. Thus, Africa needs more energy for its ongoing development despite
the vulnerability to climate change.
Moreover, the region continues to face several critical challenges related to its energy sector
such as energy access, energy security and unsustainable use of wood resources. The main
challenge remains how to satisfy the increasing energy demand without exacerbating observed
social, economic, and environmental problems caused by climate change. This international
Master’s Program in Energy and Green Hydrogen (IMP-EGH) option Green hydrogen
production and technology led by Université Felix Houphouet Boigny (UFHB) of Abidjan
in Cote d’Ivoire and implemented in collaboration with Julich and Aachen and other renowned
African, German, and other international universities and institutions, aims at offering topranking students an integrated learning environment to develop skills to be qualified as
Renewable Energy and Green Hydrogen specialists.
Therefore, UFHB is launching the second call for Application of the International Master’s
Program in Energy and Green Hydrogen Technologies (IMP-EGH): Option: Green hydrogen
production and technology for the academic year 2023-2024. The program of the IMP-EGH
provides full scholarship to successful candidates from ECOWAS member countries: Benin,
Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry,
Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo. Potential candidates from these
countries are invited to submit their applications for selection.
The mission of this program is to provide training on state-of-the-art tools used in renewable
energy, green hydrogen technology and policy (politics) with the view of forming adequate
human resources to boost the sector of energy technology and guide policy formulation across
The main objective of this Master is to prepare and train a new generation of interdisciplinary
professionals capable of proposing adapted solutions to ongoing energy crisis. Therefore,
Graduates will be well skilled in order to jointly fulfill the two following points:
demonstrate an understanding of the science related to a changing climate and global
warming, knowledge of the impacts of climate change, vulnerability of natural
systems and the built environment, and methods for adaptation;
develop a comprehension of energy production, delivery, and consumption for both
traditional systems and sustainable energy alternatives with special emphasis on
energy efficiency, energy management and locally available renewable energy.
Identify and popularize the methods of production and valorization of green energy
(hydrogen) from georesources (water and wind).
4 Employment opportunity
Graduates of the master H2 with the specialty Green hydrogen production and technology
will be immediately operational in various fields of renewable energy production. In the private
sector, all agro-industries will be able to use their knowledge to produce green hydrogen. They
will be the first human resources for electrolysis factories of Water Resources in clean and
renewable energy (hydrogen).
5 Eligibility criteria for the WASCAL ENERGY AND GREEN HYDROGEN TECHNOLOGY AND PRODUCTION
Interdisciplinary Master Program in Energy and Green Hydrogen (IMP-EGH) is open to
from partner countries in West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cote
d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissao, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria,
Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.);
with a minimum background of a B.S. degree or equivalent in scientific discipline
or in engineering. Candidates with technical strengths in physics, chemistry,
electrical, statistician or mechanical engineering or equivalent are required;
Having a good English proficiency will be an asset for final selection;
Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply;
6 Outline of the program
The Interdisciplinary Master Program in Energy and Green Hydrogen is a well-structured
program consisting of three (3) semesters of taught courses, lab activities, field visits and
interaction with stakeholders and one (1) semester intended to the student field work, thesis
research, final write up and defense.
Eligible Countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.
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