Project Objective:

The purpose of this project is to bring together and strengthen the cooperation between enterprises and HEIs, to promote innovation in Solar Energy education, promote climate change prevention and to enhance socio-economic development, through the development of courses about Solar Energy applications, technologies, and solar energy systems implementation and operation with adaptive learning and teaching methods. Because HEIs are not strongly engaged with the greater society, graduates may be less desirable to entrepreneurs and businesses. This can be mitigated by forging really collaborative relationships between HEIs and businesses. One of the goals of developing the Solar Energy Network is to do this. The company's participation in the course should be active and proactive. INNOMED will also promote regional collaboration by delivering courses that can be accepted and executed by all of the region's courtiers. Through the virtual classes, students from various nations in the region will be able to communicate with one another. The courses will employ fresh learning methodologies and pedagogical approaches that will pique the interest of the younger generations. Finally, the chance to practice distant learning will benefit students, particularly those from the region's rural districts. The rational for this project is to respond to the following challenges and needs that were concluded from many studies conducted by researchers and organizations: •Increasing the unemployment rate of engineers, due to the increasing of graduates numbers and the lack of needed technical skills of the fresh graduates •Solar energy projects in MENA countries is projected to grow, and consequently the need for qualified engineers will increase •The practical skills are not well introduced in the existing academic programmes for engineers in partner countries •Vocational training institutions are lacking relevant vocational and occupational specialisations, due to lack of specialized trainers •The need for transferring the most recent technologies from Europe to the professors and students of the Mediterranean countries •The fresh graduate engineers are not familiar of practical issues regarding Solar Energy system •The need of qualified engineers to meet the set national strategies of adopting more Solar Energy projects for different sectors in Jordan, and Morocco. Finally, the target groups are: Mechanical Engineers, Environmental Engineers, Chemical Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Architectural Engineers, and Agriculture Engineers. The project consortium consists of universities from two countries in South Mediterranean region (Jordan, and Morocco), these countries are giving solar energy exploitation a great attention in their national strategies. The selected universities are from different geographic locations to ensure diversity and giving the opportunities for students who are outside the capital cities. The involved universities from Jordan are located in middle and south of Jordan. The involved universities from Morocco, are public universities located in different cities (Rabat and Marrakesh). Some of the European partners was partners in previous projects with Jordan, such as UIBK, and UCY which are professionals in teaching solar energy. The project idea was developed by Unisalento, and contacted the partners who were very pleased and interested in the project. The project was prepared mainly by Unisalento NUCT, and UJ and other partners also participated in providing the needed information that essential for the project.