JELARE - Joint European-Latin American Universities Renewable Energy Project
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Welcome to JELARE

The Joint European-Latin American Universities Renewable Energies Project was a university co-operation scheme involving universities from Germany, Latvia, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Guatemala The overall objective was the fostering of innovative labour market-oriented educational and research approaches in the field of renewable energies at Latin American and European institutes of higher education (HEIs). It ran from November 2008 until November 2011.

The project was funded by ALFA III, an EU programme for co-operation between the European Union and Latin America, in the framework of higher education and training.

The JELARE Network’s successor is the follow-up project “Promoting Renewable Electricity Generation in South America” REGSA. Visit the REGSA homepage to learn more about the project.



Besides environmental benefits, renewable energies offer great potential for the local socio-economic development in Latin America. Renewable energies can be produced locally and therefore provide a wide range of local job opportunities (from high-skilled to low-skilled labour, from high-tech to agriculture), foster local investments and reduce the need for importing fossil fuels.

However, in Latin America the sector of renewable energies cannot develop adequately due to a lack of expertise. Local enterprises and other public and private institutions affiliated with the renewable energy sector are in great need of technical and methodological support in order to implement technologies, strategies or political frameworks.

Due to the innovative nature of this field HEIs are very important actors in this sector, particularly in terms of research as well as educating future employees. Despite the value of the topic of renewable energies, it is not yet as prominently featured in the curriculum of Latin American universities (and EU universities) as it should be.

On the basis of the above needs, the Joint European-Latin American Universities Renewable Energy Project “Fostering innovative labour market-oriented educational & research approaches in the field of renewable energies at Latin American and European institutes of higher education” was proposed as part of the ALFA programme. The purpose of the project was not only to improve the academic quality of European and Latin American higher education institutions, but also to strengthen their role to contribute to economic local development and social cohesion.

Objectives and Outputs

The specific objectives of JELARE were:

to develop and implement labour market-oriented research and educational approaches in the field of renewable energies

to increase the capacity of university staff to modernise their educational and research programmes and activities

to strengthen the link between universities and the labour market, business and public sector in the field of renewable energies

to establish a long-term partnership and network between European and Latin American universities

During the 3-year project (2009-2011) the following outputs were achieved:

Execution of a renewable energies labour market survey (for Germany, Latvia, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Guatemala)

Development of teaching and research concepts for renewable energies

Erection of teaching and research pilot projects for renewable energies

Development/ Implementation / Execution of a University staff capacity-building programme

Preparation of a recommendation report for European and Latin American universities

Creation of a International JELARE Network, with local subgroups in the partner countries

Visit the “Events and Activities” section for detailed information on the JELARE achievements.

JELARE Transnational
Recommendation Report

JELARE Transnational Recommendation Report © HAW Hamburg The final output of the JELARE partnership is a recommendation for improving the quality of education and research activities offered by partners and for strenthening their role in regional socio-economic development. The recommendations are based on the experiences gained by the JELARE partners during the three year project. The report
is addressed to other European and Latin American universities that also plan to increase the attention given to renewable energy in their research and teaching activities. The report contains practical tips as well as a set of good practice examples from the JELARE project.

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JELARE Partnership
This project is funded by the EU programme ALFA IIIUniversidad Galileo - GuatemalaUniversidad de Chile - ChileUniversidade Do Sul - BrazilUniversidad Católica Boliviana - BoliviaRēzeknes Augstskola - LatviaHamburg University for Applied Sciences