Energy Academy in Germany and Jordan

Last updated: 2 August 2023

In Jordan, the 2017 National Green Growth Plan for Jordan established a framework for increasing the role of renewable energy and energy efficiency in the country. The plan also targeted new job creation in the renewables sector to help address the country’s employment challenges, as a counterpart to the country’s Vision 2025 strategy that targeted a reduction in unemployment from 13% to 8-9.2% by 2025.

At the same time, building off a high-level energy dialogue between Jordan and Germany in 2016, the governments upgraded to an Energy Partnership in 2019. Under the partnership the two countries agreed to set up the German Energy Academy in Jordan. The training facility leverages German experience in building clean energy systems, with an aim to upskill and reskill technicians in clean energy technology areas such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grids and digitalisation. The academy aligns with Jordan’s vision of becoming a regional energy hub and expects to support capacity building for an energy transition that creates jobs and stimulates economic growth and development. 

The academy brings together expertise from two of Jordan’s largest universities, professional skills training organisations in Germany, as well as representatives from the Jordanian and German renewable energy industries. It offers certificates that are accredited by international institutions such as the German Foreign Chamber of Industry and the German- Arab Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Cairo. In the future, the countries plan to launch the academy’s format on a larger scale to include other countries in the Middle East and North Africa region. 

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