PoN, Finnish university launch urban resource study

02 Oct 2015 10:30am
WINDHOEK, 02 OCT (NAMPA)- The Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN) in conjunction with Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) from Finland on Thursday launched a two-year research project, NamUrban, on urban resource efficiency in the country.
The research project, which will run between 01 October 2015 and 01 October 2017, will focus on housing, renewable energy and clean water in Namibia.
The pilot project will be implemented in Walvis Bay.
Speaking at the launch here at the Finish Embassy in Namibia, Project Manager Minna Keinanen-Toivola said the project is financed by the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, Tekes; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland; SAMK; and nine Finnish companies.
The project has a total budget of 440 000 EUR, which estimated at N.dollars 6.6 million.
Keinanen-Toivola explained that the project will widen co-operation between SAMK and PoN in areas of education, research and development work.
The research is aimed at developing a framework for urban resource efficiency utilisation in developing countries using Namibia as a pilot country.
The specific solutions of NamUrban are based on the analysis of the current situation and needs for urban technology and systems in Namibia.
She further highlighted the successful co-operation agreement between SAMK and PoN on issues relating to land and sea since 2012. The co-operation has been especially on the marine research vessel R/V Mirabilis and maritime education.
Keinanen-Toivola said the three-year project (2013-2015) called Maribia, was aimed at improving maritime education in Namibia.
Speaking at the same occasion, Rector of the PoN, Tjama Tjivikua applauded the Ambassador of Finland to Namibia, Anne Saloranta, for supporting the project and Namibian Ambassador to Finland, Bonny Haufiku for his presence during the signing of the partnership agreement between the two countries.
“We appreciate her (Saloranta) efforts and effectiveness, the efficiency of the Embassy of Finland and Finnish institutions, and the generosity of the Finnish people through their government,” he said.
Tjivikua expressed happiness for the Namibian institution to be associated with such a project that is based on the analysis of the current needs for urban technology and communication systems’ improvement in Namibia.
He added the priority areas of the project include logistics, tourism, manufacturing and agriculture, which are in line with the national guiding documents such as Vision 2030 and Namibia’s fourth National Development Plan (NDP-4).
The rector noted that these plans strive to increase income equality, employment creation, and high and sustainable economic growth.