The Bridges Project, Somalia

TVET and Higher Education for Boosting Road Infrastructure Development and Growth of Energy Services in Somalia and Somaliland

The project as a whole aims to support the Government of Somalia/Somaliland to enhance inclusive economic growth and reduce poverty by assisting in skill development for two key infrastructure sectors: road construction and energy services. In order to meet growing demand for skilled people in these sectors, the project upgrades the quality of education in vocational training institutes and universities and makes them more market-responsive.

The role of TU/e lies specifically in university curriculum development and staff training in electrical engineering and renewable energy services at BSc level, and outfitting of lab facilities.

A needs & capacity assessment was carried out by the TU/e team in 2017 at both universities to assess their existing knowledge, learning materials and laboratory facilities and the priority needs for upgrading these, given the growing demand for skilled engineers in industry and the power sector. This assessment was followed by a training workshop for university lecturers in Nairobi in March 2018.

The 1st draft of the envisaged new curriculum is currently under development and the lab design and equipment acquisition lists are being fine-tuned. The draft curriculum will be reviewed and finalised in September 2018 by means of a stakeholder workshop in Somaliland, which will also involve industry, TVET institutes, and power sector representatives.

Further staff training and equipment installation is foreseen in the months after that. The new courses should start running in 2019.

Project Partners

  • CARE Netherlands
  • CARE Nairobi
  • CARE Somalia
  • TU/e

total Budget

€ 3.9 m.


Europe Aid (European commision)

Staff involved from the side of TU/e

  • dr Henny Romijn (Innovation Sciences TU/e; contact:
  • Alula Yohannes Tadesse, MSc (associate of Innovation Sciences; alumnus of Electrical Engineering TU/e; and director of VP Electrical Power Systems, Addis Ababa)
  • Prof Sjef Cobben (Electrical Energy Systems group, Electrical Engineering TU/e)
  • Patrick van Schijndel, MSc (Innovation Sciences, TU/e external consultant)


Time frame

Dec. 2016-Nov. 2019