Namibians urged to study in Finland

15 Nov 2015 16:50pm
By Etuna Shikalepo
HELSINKI, 15 NOV (NAMPA) – Namibia's Ambassador to Finland has set his priority to advocate for at least 50 Namibians to study in Finland before the end of his term of office ends in 2019.
In an interview with Nampa on Thursday, Bonny Haufiku noted that only few Namibians are studying in Finland despite a good working relationship between two countries.
“I have visited most of the universities in Helsinki and I noted that there are less than 10 Namibian students. Thus, I set education as one of my priorities and my target remains that I want to see at least 50 Namibians studying at Finnish universities before the end of my term of office.”
Haufiku was appointed Namibian Ambassador to Finland in November 2014 to serve for five years.
He encouraged all Namibians, especially undergraduates, to be on the lookout for scholarship opportunities advertised in local newspapers to study in Finland.
The ambassador said Namibia needs qualified and knowledgeable employees in the field of information technology (IT) and medical services.
He, however, acknowledged the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the University of Namibia (UNAM) and Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences in Finland to promote cooperation and advancement of academic and educational exchanges between the two universities.
The MoU signed on 05 November 2015 covers the enrolment of students in the field of IT; food and agriculture; exchange of staff; exchange of students; offering of short courses and participating in seminars and academic meetings; and exporting the option of joint degree programmes.
The terms of cooperation of all these activities will be discussed and agreed upon in writing by the two universities prior to the initiation of such activity.
The MoU will be valid for the next five years.
In addition, the Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN) in conjunction with Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) from Finland have embarked upon a two-year research project, ‘NamUrban’, on urban resource efficiency in the area of housing, renewable energy and clean water in Namibia.
The project started on 01 October 2015 and is expected to end on 01 October 2017.
The pilot project will be implemented in Walvis Bay and 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 Euro, estimated at N.dollars 6.8 million.
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.
The two institutions - PoN and SAMK - in conjunction with Namibian Maritime and Fisheries Institute (NAMFI) recently completed a three-year (2013-2015) project called ‘Maribia’ that focused on improving maritime education in Namibia.
The project also looked at the promotion of the development and enhancement of maritime education-based curricula, programmes, and educational and administrative processes. It also looked at building the capacity of the educational and administrative staff through sustainable structures and training initiatives.
The idea was to promote the creation and preservation of sustainable career opportunities in the maritime field.
About 470 873 Euro (about N.dollars 7.3 million) was invested in this project.