The University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) and the University of Applied Forest Sciences, Rottenburg, Germany, have begun a research and study project focused on researching together, learning from each other: Exchange in research and teaching. Under the project scholarships for BSc and MSc studies in areas of Energy and Energy Management, research field in biomass production and conversion in off-grid energy systems, Water Management, Agriculture and Ecotourism would be promoted.

In this regard, a public lecture has been organized to herald the project by Prof. Steffen Abele, the Project Supervisor at the University of Applied Forest Sciences in Germany. Speaking on the topic “Project Management”, he explained that a project can be successful when it has an output, outcome and impact at the end of the process adding that, a project’s goals should encompass time, deadlines, budget cost as well as the final product. Prof. Abele again said project management basics included project planning and proposal writing and added that a good proposal should be innovative and different from existing ones. Such a proposal has the higher chances to be funded in particular if it was technically well written. “An attractive proposal can attract 70% of funds when the donors are content with what would be presented” He noted.

Prof. Abele clarified that project management was about teamwork, motivation, leadership and behavioral approaches. He advised that project planning should contain activities, budget and staff planning. Prof. Abele further described the crucial term “Milestone” in project planning as an endpoint of activities, describing outputs should be concrete, measurable, verifiable and serve control and documentation processes within the project.

He admitted that there were risks involved in project management which he said were multi-dimensional. He identified some of the risk to be environmental, regulatory, institutional, social acceptance among others. He urged participants to be accurate, realistic and cautious in project budgeting and avoid some frequent mistakes such as lack of knowledge of the company the project was carried out with, plans only being created when projects had already started and deviation from the original plans.