To help spur thesuccessful development of the low-cost, renewable energy power sector across Central Asia, today the United States Agency for International Development(USAID) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Almaty University of Power Engineering and Telecommunications (AUPET).Through this MOU, USAID and AUPET will work together to attract and educate a new cadre of highly qualified renewable energy professionals who will lead the expanded use of renewable energy resources in the region.
The Memorandum was signed by Mr. Javier Piedra, the USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for Central Asia, and Mrs. SauleSagintaeva, Ph.D., Professor, Rector of AUPET, Candidate of Economic Sciences.
The signing ceremony was attended by Mr. Christopher Edwards,USAID Regional Mission Director in Central Asia;Mrs. Gita Revalde, Ph.D., Professor, President of AUPET;Mr. VyacheslavStoyak, Ph.D., Professor, Vice-Rector for Science and Innovation;Mrs. MadinaAliyarova, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Director of the Center for Scientific Research and Technology Development.
Within the framework of this Memorandum, AUPET will become a regional resource center for renewable energy.
This MOU will enable AUPET to build on its legacy as a pre-eminent technical institution for the power sector and play a lead role in renewable energy education and knowledge exchange across the region. USAID plans to support AUPET in the development of a new, modern renewable energy curriculum that includes education, workshops and training activities for the AUPET professors and students on subjects related to renewable energy.
Javier Piedra, the USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for Central Asia, noted that “as we work together to ensure Kazakhstan’s energy future, it is critical that we stay informed about renewable energy developments, share knowledge and experience and explore new opportunities for regional cooperation and electricity trade.”
USAID works across Central Asia to improve energy connectivity, rebuild regional power markets and encourage low-cost energy using the region’s diverse mix of potential energy resources — particularly wind, solar, and hydro. By partnering with the countries of Central Asia, international donor agencies and a variety of private-sector entities, USAID helps support a long-term, sustainable vision for the region’s energy sector.