Expected Results

Most consortium partners have collaborated with each other 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 on 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. The consortium is already planning capacity assessments for tracking the achievements in improved skills and knowledge and how these skills have been able to impact institutional know-how, behaviour and action. 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.