SUPSI – Haiti

Swiss Partners

Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana (SUPSI) 
Vasco Medici

Local Partner

Institute of Science, Technology and Advanced Studies of Haiti (ISTEAH)

Project Type:

Education and Quality Control





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Swiss Contribution

The Institute of Applied Sustainability to the Built Environment (ISAAC), based in the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) will work to reinforce the training programs in the field of photovoltaics in Haiti. The professors Vasco Medici and Domenico Chianese coordinate the construction of a Center for Experimentation and Energy Skills (CECER) in close collaboration with the Institute of Sciences, Technologies and Advanced Studies in Haiti (ISTEAH) and the engineering firm Géninov, in Port-au-Prince.


Haiti suffers from great energy insecurity, despite its obvious potential. In order to overcome this key challenge, it is essential that the Haitian population is trained in design, installation and maintenance of micro-grids. To this end, the SUPSI project plans to build a specialized center on the ISTEAH site to ensure the theoretical and practical training of future engineers in the field of renewable energies. Two equipped laboratories will allow students to put their theoretical knowledge into practice. Professional training in the field of photovoltaics and energy storage will also be strengthened through courses that will be taught in six satellite campuses across the country. A first training cycle will take place in the second part of the project to assess the quality of the infrastructures and teachings.


Until the construction work of the new laboratory is completed, the first cycle of the pilot phase is taking place at the École supérieure des affaires et de l’entrepreneuriat (ESAE). Eight photovoltaic modules making up the micro-grid installed as part of the project will be used to train students at the vocational school. 14 students are enrolled and have passed the entrance exams for the Diplôme Universitaire de Technologie (DUT).