The Asia Wind Energy Association (AsiaWEA) and De Oude Bibliotheek Academy (DOB-Academy) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish the Asia-Pacific Offshore Wind Academy in Singapore.
The Asia-Pacific regional Academy will be the first dedicated academy for the offshore wind industry in Asia-Pacific focused on higher-level education, offering offshore wind education for professionals throughout the region.
“The establishment of a regional academy for the offshore wind industry in Asia-Pacific is very timely,” said Edgare Kerkwijk, board member of AWEA.
”The shortage of locally trained skilled work force is one of the main challenges for the offshore wind industry in Asia-Pacific. With the tremendous growth expected for the offshore wind industry in Asia-Pacific and the increasing requirements for skilled manpower, the training center will actively support the development of a local and regional work force for the offshore wind industry.”
The main focus will be on specialized offshore wind courses, ranging from entry to advanced level. Apart from the curriculum, the center will also provide tailor-made courses.
“The challenge of the energy transition can only be tackled through global sharing of expertise and experience. We are thrilled to expand our mission into the Asia-Pacific region through this co-operation,” said Dr Jan van der Tempel, CEO of DOB-Academy.