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eACCESS Project

EU-Asia Collaboration for aCcessible Education in Smart Power Systems

 

 

eACCESS is a Capacity-Building project in the field of Higher Education (CBHE). It is funded through European Union's (EU) Erasmus+ programme scheme to support activities in the fields of Education, Training, Youth and Sport. This project supports the modernisation, accessibility and internationalisation of higher education in Partner Universities in Asia in the field of Smart Power Engineering.

EU funded CBHE projects aim to encourage cooperation between the EU and Partner Universities in improving the quality of the higher education, developing new and innovative education programmes and modernising higher education systems. This will be achieved in the eACCESS project through sharing innovative teaching and learning practices in Higher Education (HE) and building a capacity through state-of-the art technology and knowledge in the Smart Power Engineering. The consortium of three European and five Asian partners has won total project funding of almost €1 million under the competitive Erasmus+ Key Action 2 call. Over the project span of 3 years, the consortium will develop and deliver state-of-the art Smart Power Engineering subjects, lab facilities and study programmes, as well as through partner universities using innovative teaching and learning platform.

The project comes at a time when many south-east Asian countries are undergoing rapid industrial revolution and industrialisation processes. This results in increasing demand for energy, particularly electricity. Sourcing a cheap, safe and reliable electricity supply is central to further economic development. Higher education institutions are expected to produce technical staff, engineers, experts and tutors which will able to design, maintain and further develop advanced technical solutions, as well as to train other staff resources like technicians and managers, who will be up to the job and ready to effectively and efficiently adopted and use modern power technologies.

Currently, the subjects which are central to help build modern power engineers are not available from the project’s partner universities, and the content of current classes and the delivery mechanism does not meet students' expectations and challenges related to the transformation of the power sector. An access to know-how and experience in teaching of technologically advanced subjects is the critical conditions. Such knowledge and teaching skills are within the EU universities, which are involved for years in the transformation of the European power sector.

eACCESS project will modernise HE approach in Asian partner universities for delivering Smart Power Engineering education. This will significantly reduce skill deficit in Power Engineering application area in partner countries. In addition, as a part of technology modernization, 4 advanced laboratories dealing with high voltage (HV) devices and networks, flexible transmission grids (FTG), smart distribution grid (SG), power electronic devices (PED) will pave the way for education of new generation of electrical engineers, highly skilled and familiar with new technologies, ready to implement this solutions in the local power sectors.

 

eACCESS partners and their specific role in the project:

Lodz University of Technology (Poland)

Kantipur Engineering College (Nepal)

 

University of the West of Scotland (Scotland)

Pokhara University (Nepal)

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece)

Royal University of Bhutan (Bhutan)

Soegijapranata Catholic University (Indonesia)

Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia (Indonesia)

 

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Objectives and structure of the eACCESS project:

 

eACCESS project will fill knowledge and skill deficit in the area of modern power system of the identified countries through knowledge dissemination, skill development and capacity building. These countries are facing challenges in supporting power and energy requirements due to lack of leadership, knowledge and facilities to develop skill personal in this region. eACCESS will mainly target this challenges and offer required solutions through collaboration with local universities for enabling capacity building in Higher Education Sector.

The implementation of the eACCESS project will also benefit local energy companies, which will gain access to new, well-educated engineering staff, will be able to undertake research cooperation with local universities in the implementation of new solutions and the application of new technologies in power engineering.

This capacity building project will be supported by 3 pillars as shown in the figure below:

3 Pillars

Pillar 1 - Curriculum development:

Modernisation and implementation of undergraduate and master degree curriculum in electrical power engineering embracing preparation of at least 6 master course units and 8 bachelor course units based on the existing subject curriculum from EU partner universities and from Asian Universities. The contents will cover a wide spectrum of areas from engineering (High Voltage Techniques in Power Engineering, Modern Power Engineering, ICT application to Power Grids), to management and economics considering environmental issues and implementing sustainable development approach.

Pillar 2 - Teaching and learning platform development:

The Teaching and learning platform will include innovative teaching mechanisms for traditional class work as well as practical laboratory work, which may include video assisted pedagogy, peer-to-peer studies, teamwork, and new methods for the student progress assessment and feedback collection. The platform will allow partner universities to recruit students from remote locations who are physically unable to attend classes, widening access for future power engineers.

Pillar 3 - Infrastructure  development:

eACCESS project is going to develop four types of physical laboratory facilities:

I.                 The HV laboratory (eACCESS-HVL) located at Kantipur Engineering College (Nepal)

II.              Smart distribution and renewable energy technology laboratory (eACCESS-SGL) located at Royal University of Bhutan (Bhutan)

III.          The power system computer simulation laboratory (eACCESS-CSL) located at Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia (Indonesia)

IV.          The power electronic laboratory (eACCESS-PEL) Soegijapranata Catholic University (Indonesia)

These state-of-the-art physical laboratory facilities create an excellent opportunity for a hands-on experience both for students, researchers doing their PhD studies and for the professional staff from the power companies attending complementary training within academia.

eACCESS project structure and Work Packages:

eACCESS project will be delivered and managed through following 7 Work Packages (WP) and over the period of 36 months:

eACCESS WPs

 

Specific role of the University of the West of Scotland (UWS):

UWS academics Professor Keshav Dahal, Dr Santiago Matalonga, Dr Parag Vichare and Mr Bikrant Koirala will work with two partner universities – Lodz University of Technology in Poland and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece – to produce undergraduate and postgraduate programmes focusing on smart power systems. UWS is leading pillar 2, Development and deployment of cloud based teaching platform (WP3) for all partner universities involved in delivering Smart Power Engineering courses through eACCESS project. This workpackage will provide the strategy and high level specification to deliver the technical eLearning platform for eACCESS teaching and learning materials. This involves development of supporting teaching tools including the eACCESS teaching platform, new teaching methods and the dissemination and further exploitation of the EU countries’ knowledge and skills concerning smart power grid and remote teaching systems.

 

UWS’s Professor Dahal said:

 “The UWS team can leave a positive impact on partner universities by transferring rich experience in designing and delivering contemporary teaching and learning practices. Our knowledge will allow the partner EU universities to design advanced topics in power engineering."

“Today, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are not only designed to cover advanced topics in the subject area; they are designed to be delivered through the best possible means, so that they can be effectively accessed by students, staff and wider society.” Professor Keshav Dahal, UWS

 

eACCESS platform will provide comprehensive use of these resources and activities for different teaching and learning needs in offering various Power Engineering and Smart Grid related modules. As highlighted in eACCESS project, the main challenge is to use and deploy the VLE based eACCESS platform in a specific Higher Education sector which has little exposure in using VLE environment.

The initial survey has been conducted, which highlights various requirements from partner universities in order to offer VLE based Power Engineering programmes. As outlined in the eACCESS proposal, significant teaching will be delivered through various lab infrastructures. Thus, various moodle activities and resources will be configured for facilitating teaching, learning and assessments for classroom as well as lab activities. In addition, eACCESS platform will support student engagement on multi-levels such as before classroom/Lab session, during classroom/Lab session and after classroom/Lab session as shown in the following Figure. The figure represents different student engagement scenario and associated resources/activities.

 

 

 

 

Contact information:

Local University contact:

eACCESS@uws.ac.uk

 

 

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eaccess-edu.eu/  (Project Website)

 

 

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Project Team

Position

Names

Email

Project role

Professor

Prof Keshav Dahal

keshav.dahal@uws.ac.uk

Project Manager, PI

Lecturer

Dr Santiago Matalonga

santiago.matalonga@uws.ac.uk

Co-PI

Lecturer

Dr Parag Vichare

parag.vichare@uws.ac.uk

Co-PI

Researcher

Mr Bikrant Koirala

bikrant.koirala@uws.ac.uk

Researcher

 

Project number: 610041-EPP-1-2019-1-PL-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP

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