Most consortium partners have collaborated also before this project, and cooperation will continue also after project completion. As this ambitious project will require the best resources available, it provides a natural continuum for future research collaboration and institutional partnerships between staff members and HEIs in Cuba, Costa Rica, Germany, Spain and Finland. All consortium members state that one of their key strategies in international collaboration is to create long-term cooperation, as this is necessary for successful and sustainable educational development work.
Orientation to the Future
Through high level scenario and futures oriented workshops, long standing institutional ties and new cooperation possibilities are also created with ministries, industries, other research institutions and NGOs. The growing demand of expertise in the energy sector is also a pull factor for both continued international cooperation and for a sustained influx of new students. A potential post assessment on the level of increased partnerships and collaboration regionally and nationally between the energy sector actors is also being planned. This way the project will be able to see outcomes of the intervention and potential short term impacts after the project has ended.
Sustained Research Collaborations
Through the past working experiences with the participating institutions and associate partners, the CRECE consortium is set up to facilitate information exchange, teacher and student mobility and internationalisation, and research collaboration among the countries also in the future. The idea is that the CRECE project will create possibilities for spin-off research projects and joint publications especially in the domains of newly enhanced capacities. The associate partners will also reinforce the academia-private sector-civil society linkages and the consortium aims to create more direct linkages to e.g. private sector entities for more efficient collaboration in energy related research and joint applications.
Regional Joint Initiatives
A particular aim is to strengthen regional collaboration and shared knowledge creation among Cuba and Costa Rica. Active collaboration between HEIs and other energy experts and government officials can push regional practices and policies forward. Project will facilitate cooperation meetings and seminars that will act in strengthening the ties within the region but also nationally. The consortium will also be active in publishing the developments in the Caribbean energy sector in the future and will continue to examine future sustainable energy pathways for SIDS.
Continued EU Cooperation
Impact beyond the life of the project can be projected also through close linkages with the possible larger EU programme on developing Cuban energy policy, and through forging collaboration and networks with the initiatives launched through this and other EU funding strands.
The project has been designed to ensure that the results and objectives are achieved in the most cost-effective way. The leaders of the Work Packages (WPs) are selected to optimally utilize their competetive advantages. The coordinator takes care of the project management and oversees every WP to ensure coordinated actions and maximize synergies of the activities. Partners participate in relvant sections of the different work packages for efficient distribution of work load and to secure the coherent integration of all partners to project deliverables.
Work Package 1 – Preparation
UO is the responsible for WP1, It is responsible designing and completing partner needs assessment, and reporting it for WP1. This WP provides crucial information on the national sector needs and partner HEIs expectations, and how energy education should be developed.
Work Package 2 – Development
EUF is the responsible for WP2, but acts closely with programme country and Costa Rican HEIs in designing and implementing capacity building. All partner country HEIs work actively with WP2 leader in the practical issues related to trainings and workshops, capacity assessments, and stimulating national discussions.
Work Package 3 – Quality plan
ULE is the responsible for WP3, It lead internal evaluation and coordinates monthly updates, audits and annual reports. The leader of WP3 work closely with the project coordinator.
Work Package 4 – Dissemination
ISMMM is the responsible for WP4, It coordinates dissemination activities, conducts a dissemination strategy, and ensure task distribution between partners, outsource website design and other materials. ISMMM works closely with the project coordinator.
Work Package 5 – Management
UTU is the responsible for WP5, acts as the general coordinator of the project. The coordinator have legal and financial responsibility for the action. The coordinator be responsible for management, implementation and coordination of actions and ensure that the objectives are met in accordance with the contract, monitor the achievements of deliverables ensuring that they meet the benchmarks. In addition, UTU cooperate with ULE in conducting meetings and reporting, as well as annual reporting and final project report. UTU also conduct trainings and assist ISMMM in dissemination.