Rochester Institute of Technology has been awarded a $400,000 grant from the United States Agency for International Development’s Higher Education Collaborative Partnership Program to establish the Center for Energy and Natural Resource Development at the American University in Kosovo.
The center will assist Kosovo in building self-sufficiency in energy and natural resource economics and policy studies and energy and power systems engineering. The center, which will be guided by an international advisory board, will focus on workforce development, consulting and research and building off of the established degree programs and training facilities that are currently being administered by the partnership between the American University in Kosovo Foundation and RIT.
“This award will enable RIT and the American University in Kosovo to work together to conduct research and deliver education and training in energy and natural resource development,” says Jim Myers, the director of RIT’s Center for Multidisciplinary Studies.
RIT will partner with the Regulatory Assistance Project, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the Kosovo Ministry of Energy and Mining on the project.
The constitutional status of Kosovo, a province in southern Serbia that has been under United Nations administration since 1999, is expected to be determined by the United Nations in the coming months.