Capacity building for renewable energy planning in Cuban higher education instutions (CRECE)

CRECE improves capacity and internationalisation of partners in Cuba through  

  1. modernising learning outcomes on sustainable energy and sustainability
  2. improving teaching approaches and reviewing curricula  
  3. improving materials, tools, equipment and facilities for quality education
  4. creating networks with relevant energy sector stakeholders
  5. facilitating International research collaboration and partnerships.  

The primary objective of the project is to support Cuban partners in the provision of upto-date and relevant education in sustainable energy systems to meet current societal and labour market needs.


Project coordinator Finland Future Research Center (University of Turku). Electrical Energy Engineering and Hydraulics and Automation are project members from Tampere University.


The CRECE project supports Cuba in the provision of regionally relevant multidisciplinary education in sustainable energy engineering and renewable energy development. This is done in order to ensure that Cuban higher education institutions are better equipped and able to provide high-quality experts for the ever-growing societal and energy sector development needs. The Cuban energy sector is undergoing a state-led transformation.

So far, this Energy Revolution has improved energy efficiency but harnessing renewable energy resources is still lagging far behind. In order to attract investors and reduce CO2 emissions and environmental pollution from fossil fuels, Cuba needs national expertise and experts in renewable energy development. CRECE answers this call by training skilled experts and enabling cross-sectoral and regional cooperation possibilities. Cuban partners will be better equipped to conduct international-level energy related research and provide sustainable energy experts to the growing labour market needs.In the long run, CRECE will impact on Cuban energy self-sufficiency and domestic growth.

Funding source

EU, EU Erasmus + Capacity Buiding in Higher Education

Coordinating organisation(s)

Finland Future Research Center (University of Turku), Europa-Universität Flensburg, University of León, University of Oriente, Instituto Superior Politécnico Jose Antonio Echeverria.

Contact persons

Noora Vähäkari

Project manager

+358 96 980 056