Regarding the training, it is important to mention that it is continuous and has six semesters, based on a Masters program that will take place at the partner university in Côte d'Ivoire. One semester will be done abroad at the German partner university and is firmly anchored in the program (second semester of the study course). The study in Germany must be structured with a duration of one semester including the practical part (50%). To this end, teaching and learning materials and workplaces should be prepared for the practical part of the study.
The first two practice-oriented project modules of the course of study are aimed at concept development and detailed planning of a prototype by Ivorian students. In the second semester, students travel to the German partner university to build and operate prototype 1. After the end of the semester abroad in Germany, the training material and facilities must be transferred to the university. partner in Ivory Coast. Subsequently, students from the German university (existing courses, which thematically fall under the theme of the study course in Côte d'Ivoire) visit the Ivorian university, to work with Ivorian students on the prototype. 2 (called "Project module 4").
The mixed group of students should consider their experiences while building Prototype 1, as well as local sourcing for components and necessary work to be done i.e. drilling holes. In addition, possible additional project partners from industry will be discussed, a model village to set up Prototype 2 is selected and business models for a small series of the system will be developed.
The best business model will be selected during a competition in which local financiers and industrial partners will participate. Then the German students return to Germany. Simultaneously, the supply of prototype 2 starts and its workplace is prepared, while prototype 1 is installed on the Abidjan campus and put into service.
Other German students (not necessarily from the group mentioned before) travel to Côte d'Ivoire in the fourth year of the project (third academic year) and write their thesis on the project from a technical and economic point of view. At the same time, Ivorian students are building prototype 2 on campus and commissioning it (called 'Project module 5').
After the successful installation and operation of prototype 2 at the university in Côte d'Ivoire, prototype 2 is brought to the selected model village and put into service (“project module 6”).