Source of funding: The Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills, with organisation number 986 339 523 hereinafter referred to as "HK-dir").
Climate change is one of the crucial issues for enduring lives on this planet. To overcome global climate issues, the CARE project aims to develop and implement partnerships between the University of Agder(Norway) and Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET) (Bangladesh) to enhance the quality of the higher education system in renewable energy and climate change. The overall goal of the CARE project is to review and develop courses and review curriculum in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical engineering, and the Institute of Energy Technology(IET) at CUET with the close collaboration of Renewable Energy at UiA. It will allow the exchange of knowledge and expertise between Norway and Bangladesh through student and staff mobility. It will build the capacity to produce graduates with independent, global insight, interdisciplinary expertise, competence in renewable energy, and intercultural expertise.
The measurable outcomes of the CARE project include i) Thirty-five (35) students and twenty (20) staff mobilities, ii) Eight(8) reviewed courses, and two(2) new courses developed to ensure innovation and quality improvement, iii) Twenty (20) faculty members will be trained in advanced transformative pedagogy, iv) Joint supervision of master's theses and strengthened professional relationships and research activities between UiA and CUET. v) Gender balance in engineering education from the candidate study programmes, vi) Work placement at CUET ensures the integration of theory and practical training.
From a long-term perspective, it is expected to contribute to higher education and the energy sector in Bangladesh, from a fossil fuel-based sector to Renewable Energy. On UiA's side, it is expected that renewable energy in Bangladesh and its impact on climate change will provide new education and sustainable research dimensions that can improve the quality and internationalization of the existing master programme in Renewable Energy.