The IIDES-NSC project "Industry Integrated Dual Engineering Studies in a North –South Collaboration: Engineering Studies Integrated to Industry in a North-South Collaboration" seeks to improve the quality of higher education to remedy the employability problems of outgoing graduates. In addition, improve the supply of drinking water in rural areas of the Ivory Coast from hydraulic pumps powered by solar energy.
To achieve this, IIDES-NSC is setting up a training master's degree in the partner University NANGUI ABROGOUA (Abidjan, Ivory Coast).
This Master works for a practice-oriented training, which is developed in collaboration with the Universities of Germany and Côte d'Ivoire as well as the expertise of several business partners to meet the needs of the labor market in Côte d'Ivoire. . To guarantee the quality of this training, innovative educational and scientific approaches have been developed, namely the joint development of the curriculum with both academic and practical aspects because the training of engineers in universities in Côte d'Ivoire is often not than theoretical. Public universities often not equipped, often offer only subjects such as mathematics, physics or chemistry, but hardly any engineering.
Upon completion of this training, students will be able to construct, modify, install and operate, for example, small-scale renewable energy and water supply systems with locally available components. By setting up prototypes of electricity and water production for remote rural areas through joint training of Ivorian and German universities, the project aims to support the provision of reliable access to electricity, water for agriculture and drinking water in Côte d'Ivoire.
Finally, the IIDES-NSC project is strongly anchored to its socio-professional ambition thanks to the large number of partners associated with the project, including raising awareness among students of entrepreneurship by carrying out their own study projects.
This project strengthens the capacities of partner universities to collaborate with each other and to come closer to European higher education standards for sustainable development.