Energy and Sustainable Development in Kenya

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Energy and Sustainable Building Design MSc, Energy and Sustainable Development MSc and Engineering Management MSc students are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 20 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will accompany the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive 1 academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


This trip offers students the chance to gain unique insights into the value, challenges, opportunities and particular characteristics of sustainable energy deployment in the Developing World. Kenya is a rapidly developing economy that exemplifies many of the key challenges facing the nations of the Global South and reveals some of the ways in which they are nonetheless poised to leapfrog the industrialised world.

Low-carbon energy systems are but one notable example of this, as is the innovative and transformative mobile money system (e.g. M-Pesa) pioneered by Kenya that helps to facilitate new business models in the sustainable energy sector that are key to wealth creating in the poorest and most disadvantaged communities.

Site visits are planned that will show how a variety of low-carbon energy systems are used in Kenya, of which examples include solar home systems (SHSs), efficient cook stoves, a domestic-scale anaerobic digester, community-scale solar mini-grids, a locally developed solar roof tile system and a geothermal generator plant. Interaction with users, system developers and operators will bring learning opportunities that only first-hand experience of real-world situations can offer.

Time will also be spent interacting with and working on projects with students from the University of Nairobi giving exceptional prospects for academic and cultural knowledge sharing and co-creation activities.

Cultural activities

In addition to core activities relating to sustainable energy systems, considerable time will be spent engaging directly with Kenya’s rich and vibrant culture (e.g. food, music, dance and visual arts) and experiencing both its lively urban environment and its stunning natural beauty. As well as regular interaction with Kenyan students in both working and leisure periods, activities are planned at the Kenyan Cultural Centre, plus a visit to the Nairobi National Museum, a wildlife safari at Nairobi National Park and a trip to the geothermal lakes of the Great Rift Valley.

Contact details

Travel and accommodation

  • Accommodation and travel  will be booked by the faculty for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Visa information

British passport holders will need a visa to enter Kenya. You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the evisas website. British nationals’ passports should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry to Kenya. Please also make sure you have two blank pages left in your passport.

For other types of visa, apply at the nearest Kenyan High Commission or Embassy. For more information on different types of visas see the website of the Kenya High Commission.

If you do need a visa, the #DMUglobal team can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway.

You must ensure that you apply for your visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Tuesday 23 April 2019
  • Return date: Friday 3 May 2019
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £800
  • Students will also be required to pay for: energy system site visits (£60) cultural activities (£110), visa , vaccinations (£100) and food and drink
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 18 February 2019 9am