Project type:

Erasmus+ KA2 Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education
Project number: 597931-EPP-1-2018-1-BE-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP


November 2018 – November 2021



Problem Statement
STEM-education is very relevant for East-African countries, as producing added value is a way of improving life standard in these developing countries. Moreover there is a high demand for technicians from investors, NGOs and the emerging mid-class in Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania, supported by legislative attempts to increase local employment. To cope with this demand, there is a need for skilled people, trained in relevant engineering trades, but they are hard to find, due to the strong theoretical approach in universities instead of practice-oriented competence-based teaching. This is directly related to the lack of modern curricula in engineering and industry-grade equipment. 

Goal of the project
The ACTEA project aims to fulfil the specific needs in engineering, provide better skills matching, deliver course material in 2 specializations, Computer Aided Manufacturing Technology and Electrical Engineering & Automation and, establish technologic laboratories, with virtual and remote accessibility, establish learning tools, give academic staff additional training on technology and in developing technologic course material according to EU standards. 

To ensure a good skills matching, the project includes research on both labour market demands and competences included in current curricula. For example, work package 1 includes the development, distribution and analysis of surveys for stakeholders (teachers / students / local labour market / output competences from secondary education). During the project, pre- and post measurements of all training activities are performed as well.

The results will be disseminated and exploited with train-the-trainer sessions, Master Classes and with training of a pilot group of internal and external stakeholders. Good practices and results will be made public through e-resources, radio and local media. The Business Integration Bureau favors cooperation with local business, for trainings, employing students or as client for end-products. All is done according to a well-defined quality assurance scheme. 

The impact on the short term is increased technological and pedagogic knowledge, increased operational capacity, increase in engineering students, and a better cooperation with local industry. On the long term, the project aims at an increase in employability, in added value produced locally, sustained life-long-learning and long-term high-quality knowledge gain in technology.

In loving memory of our esteemed colleague and architect of the ACTEA project Dr. Job Chaula. Sadly he passed away during the project he helped to build.

He will be missed.

” The project in short

First: Research the local situation: skills needed at the labour market – skills taught at the universities – local capacity in HR, IT and infrastructure

Second: Develop technology courses in automation, industrial electricity, renewable energy, CAD/CAM, industrial design and production

Third: Provide industrial equipment for technology labs and supporting learning tools

Fourth: Training in the EU and Africa

All supported by digital tools for project management, course development & quality assurance

Key ideas are openness, collaboration, synergy and respect”

Dirk Van Merode – project coordinator

Module 1: Computer Aided Manufacturing Technology


  • Product & Process Design and Development
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Materials, Manufacturing Process Applications and Operation
  • Materials Technology – materials testing and analysis
  • Machining
  • Welding Technology


  • CNC milling machine
  • Multifunctional Welding booth
  • CAD-CAM software
  • Tensile strength tester
  • 3D VR set
    • 360° camera
    • 3D goggles
    • Smartphones

Module 2: Electrical Engineering & Automation


  • Electrical Installations
  • Electrical Motors & Drives
  • Basic PLC Programming
  • Advanced PLC & Motion
  • Sensor Technology
  • Process Simulation & Control
  • Renewable Energy
  • Embedded Measurement and Control


  • Electrical installation labs
  • Electrical motor labs                          
  • PLCs & interfacing
  • Hardware automation models
  • Process control unit for temperature, level, pressure and flow control     
  • PV sun panels 3kW/panel + invertors                                     
  • Photovoltaic module + battery + solar charge controller              
  • Sun boiler starter kit
  • Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Internet of Things
  • 3D VR set
    • 360° camera
    • 3D goggles
    • Smartphones

Module 3: Labor Market Skills


  • Project Management & Strategy
  • Economics
  • Soft Skills for Engineers
  • Quality Control

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Events & Meetings

ACTEA Kick Off

ACTEA at Global Entreprenuership Week (GEW) Conference, Kampala

ACTEA at Africa-Europe Conference on Higher Education Collaboration

Partner visits to Ethiopia

Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium

Mekelle University

Jimma University

Partner visits to Tanzania

Mzumbe University

Shirika La Kuhudumia Viwanda Vidogo (SIDO)

Ardhi University

Partner visits to Uganda

Mountains of the Moon University

Mbarara University

Muni University

Fundi Bots

Global Minds Conference

Reflections of Albogast Muzabila, the Local Project Coordinator at Mzumbe University in Morogoro, Tanzania, on employability in the Global South


Ing. Dirk Van Merode MSc
ACTEA – Coordinator
+32 496 268 415
Skype: dirkvanmerode

Abid Weere Businge
ACTEA – South Coordinator
+256 791 032 469
+256 750 554 808