20 Oct 2015 17:30pm
WALVIS BAY, 20 OCT (NAMPA) - Namibians should take advantage of free tuition offered by institutions of higher learning in Finland as education is very expensive and such opportunities are rare to find.
Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden provide higher education free of charge for their own citizens, as well as international students.
Speaking at the maritime logistics seminar here on Tuesday, Namibias Ambassador to Finland Bonny Haufiku said Namibians should study in Finland, especially in the field of technology.
We have wasted time to take advantage of free education in Finland. In the 1980s there were many Namibians studying there but today, according to my statistics, the universities there have less than 10 Namibians, said the ambassador.
He said the embassy is doing its best to ensure that students have a chance to study in Finland, but cooperation is also needed from local universities.
He added that Government has the overall responsibility to fund education, but students should also show interest.
Haufiku said he has visited many educational institutions in Finland which offers technological subjects, especially in the solar power generation, which Namibia needs.
If our students can study in Finland they will learn a lot and they can then come back home and put their skills to work. Our children in the rural areas where there is no electricity could be easily provided with solar power, Haufiku said.
The ambassador said apart from looking after Namibians in Finland, he has set himself another objective - that of facilitating education opportunities as well as trade and investment between the two nations.
The four-day seminar hosted by Namibia and Finland aims to develop cooperation and capacity building between the maritime cluster of the two countries.
It is being attended by Finnish Ambassador to Namibia Anne Saloranta and about 30 representatives from the Polytechnic of Namibia, Satakunta University of Applied Sciences in Finland, the Namibian Maritime and Fisheries Institute (NAMFI) and Walvis Bay Corridor Group, amongst other institutions.