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Quality in Higher Education about Renewable Energies in North and West Africa

October 2016 - October 2019

Project Summary

This project was built as a continuation of the QESAMED Tempus project (2013-2016). The number of Partners has been enlarged from 12 to 24, the geographical influence has been extended to new areas (Europe, North and West Africa) and a new major issue has been included: renewable energies applied to agriculture, agronomy and agri-food chains.

Sustainable access to energy is an absolute necessity in Africa to cope, among others, with climate changes. Renewable energies represent a big challenge and the rise of new environmental technologies opens innovative perspectives.

AFREQEN is an Erasmus+ "Capacity Building in Higher Education" project, which brings together 24 French-speaking partners. The project aims at enhancing the development of skills by co-developing higher education and vocational training programs focussed on the key dimensions of metrology and quality management applied to the field of renewable energies.

The CIHEAM-IAMM is in charge of the WP5: support the partners in the development of e-learning modules. It fosters production through the pooling of professional skills (video production, pedagogical engineering, sound recording, video shooting...) and the training of teams who could perpetuate the production of e-learning courses.


Two objectives are targeted by AFREQEN:

  1. Develop e-learning modules: initial (masters) and vocational training about metrology and quality management applied to the fields of renewable energies and energy efficiency.
  2. Support the full implementation of skills in quality management and metrology within the partner institutions, not only regarding their education programmes but also the transfer of results of research.


  • Develop initial training modules in quality management and metrology applied to renewable energies;
  • Build e-learning resources to target a larger public, at controlled costs  (Moocs).
  • Organize workshops to mobilize the managers of the agricultural and agro-food sectors and increase their awareness about quality management and metrology issues in respect of competitiveness;
  • Implement training-action sessions;
  • Build a network of expertise and experience sharing;
  • Support the transfer of technology and the quality certification of trainings.

Résults, impact of the project

  • Production and online availability of e-learning resources
  • Institutions  with certified quality  management systems
  • Research labs with strengthened skills and equipment
  • Trained professionals through training-action sessions



Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (CNAM) - France

Source of funding : UE – Erasmus+ Key action n° 2: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices - Capacity-building in the field of higher education; Call for proposals EAC/A04/2015
Programme and Contact references : Marc HIMBERT (CNAM), France: Project manager (marc.himbert@lecnam.net) Luc MARTIN (CIRAD), France: Vice project manager (luc.martin@cirad.fr) Pierre ARRAGON (CIHEAM-IAMM), France: Responsible for the WP5 « e-learning engineering and production process » (fad@iamm.fr)
Total budget : 1 000 000,00 €
Partners :
  • Ecole nationale supérieure agronomie (ENSA) ; Université Mohamed Khider de Biskra (UMBK) - Algeria
  • Agence française de la francophonie (AUF) - Dir. Régionale Europe de l'Ouest - France
  • Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) - Belgium
  • Institut international d'ingénierie de l'eau et de l'environnement (2iE) ; Université Ouagadougou (UOUAG) - Burkina Faso
  • Institut national polytechnique Houphouët-Boigny (INPHB) ; Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny (UFHB) - Ivory Coast
  • Universidad de La Laguna (ULL) - Spain
  • Comité africain de métrologie (CAFMET) - France
  • Centre international d'études pédagogiques (CIEP) - France
  • Centre international de hautes études agronomiques méditerranéennes-Institut Agronomique Méditerranéen de Montpellier (CIHEAM-IAMM) - France
  • Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD) - France
  • Qualité en recherche et en enseignement supérieur (QuaRES) - France
  • Université de Perpignan Via Domitia (UPVD) - France
  • Conseil régional de l'oriental (CRO) - Morocco
  • Institut agronomique vétérinaire (IAV Hassan II) - Morocco
  • Université Cadi Ayyad (UCAM) - Morocco
  • ENDA -Energie environnement développement ; Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD) - Senegal
  • Université Gaston Berger (UGB) - Senegal
  • Université Carthage (UCAR) - Tunisia
  • Université de Monastir (UMON) - Tunisia