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CELRE– Curricula Development for Efficient Lighting and Renewable Energy Technology



CELRE (Curricula Development for Efficient Lighting and Renewable Energy Technology) is a cooperation project between universities from Finland, Nepal, and Ethiopia. The project aims to assist two developing countries Nepal and Ethiopia in improving the efficiency of their energy usage in the field of lighting techniques through the development of efficient lighting higher education curricula specially adepted to their needs. The project partners are Aalto University from Finland, Kathmandu University from Nepal, and Bahir Dar University from Ethiopia.

The project is fundeded through Finnish development cooperation aid and belongs to the Higher Education Institutions Institutional Cooperation Instrument (HEI ICI) administered by CIMO, the Centre for International Mobility. HEI ICI supports collaboration projects between higher education institutions in Finland and developing countries with the aim of enhancing higher education capacity in the developing world.

Aalto University, Lighting Unit is the project Co-ordinator.

The project duration is June 2013 – July 2015.


Project News

Project final seminar titled "Human Centric Smart Lighting"was organized in Finland on 11th June 2015 to disseminate the knowledge where 40 people participated from academia and industry.
24.02.2015 An intensive course on Energy Efficient Lighting was organized at Kathmandu University, Nepal on 20-24 February, 2015 as part of CIMO North South South project. The content for this intensive was developed from the CELRE curricula and this event was also used to test the curricula. Lectures covered from basic of lighting, lighting measurement techniques, lighting sustainability issues including others. Feedback session was organized to improve the content of the course.
The second curricula test of the project was organized at Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia from 19th January to 23th January 2014. Lectures were given by teachers from Aalto University, Kathmandu University, and Bahir Dar University. In total 37 participants including students, professionals working in industry and academic persons participated the curricula test lectures. Feedback session organized with the participants yielded useful comments and feedback about the content and teaching techniques.
The first curricula test sessions were organized at Kathmandu University, Nepal on 28 Nov-8 December 2014. Basic course containing 30 lecture hours was tested during the session. Lecturers from Aalto University and Kathmandu University taught the course. Additionally, an external expert in the field, Prof. Marc Fontoynont , Vice Precedent of CIE also delivered lectures. Feed-back session with the participants was organized after the lecture session.

Second workshop on strategy development was held in Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia. The objective of this workshop was to to explore the finding of the conceptual workshop and assess together with Nepali and Ethiopian experts its applicability in the context of the two target countries. The workshop finalized the list of courses to be inculded in existing degree programme in Kathmandu University and Bahir Dar University of Technology. The workshop also drafted the content of the lecture modules.

After the workshop, on the second day, Pramod Bhusal from Aalto University organized a guidance session on "Studies towards PhD at Aalto" informing about opportunities, requirements, and other practical aspects. Visit to Bahir Dar University study and research facilities was organized after the guidance session.


CELRE conceptual workshop and project board meeting were organized at Aalto University on 24-25 February, 2014. The aim of the workshop was to discuss on the results of need assessment survey and report and to translate the results into draft strategy for the preferable role of higher education in developing countries in efficient lighting sector. The project board meeting discussed the project progress and made decisions on the necessary updates on project work-plan and budget.

After the workshop, visit to solar power company "Naps System Oy" was organized. Visit to lighting company "Alppilux Oy" in Lohja was organized on 25 February. Guests from Kathmandu University also visited Lighting Unit Lab facilities.


Second awareness building seminar was held at Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia. Twenty seven people representing universities, industry and other organizations attended the seminar. Presentations and discussios were related to EU best practices on efficient lighting management and opportunities in developing countries.

Awareness building seminar was organized in Nepal with the participants from partners, local universities, companies, and organizations working in lighting and renewable energy field. The seminar was attended by 33 people. Finnish experts presented their core competence in efficient lighting and introduction of best practices in efficient lighting. Nepali experts presented overview of current education system and lighting market in Nepal. Discussions were focused on the current knowledge gap in energy efficient lighting in Nepal.
Project Board meeting was held along with the project kick-off meeting at Kathmandu University, Nepal. The board approved the annual work-plan and discussed on the future activities and procedures.

Project kick off meeting was held in Kathmandu University, Nepal on 13 June 2013. Altogether 25 persons from KU, BDU, and AALTO participated the meeting. The main activity in the meeting were the presentations on research and education at each institution, presentation on overview of the project, briefing project management structure , briefing on procedures (implementation, reporting, finances etc) and discussions.

After the kick-off meeting, Need Assessment Workshop was organized which designed the methodology for need assessment in Nepal and Ethiopia.