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It was no coincidence that Helsinki University was selected as a place to visit. Together with Tampere University, the library has collaborated with the Namibia University library in a two-year long Foreign Ministry funded project, during which the professional competence of the library staff has been improved in teaching information retrieval skills, and in developing areas such as print and digital collections, academic writing and library strategy.
President Pohamba stressed that the project marks a continuation of the close long-term collaboration between the two countries.
There has been a co-operative agreement between the two universities for almost 15 years now and the student exchange is lively.
In their day, young Namibians who had fought for Namibian independence studied at Finnish universities, since which they have been appointed to executive positions in Namibia. Two of these students are Nickey Iyambo, who graduated with a degree in medicine from Helsinki University and is now an experienced minister, making a return visit as part of the presidential entourage, and Ellen Ndeshi Namhila, a Tampere University graduate, who now works as the library director in the University of Namibia.
Following the brief visit, the Namibian delegation hurried to meet the prime minister at his official residence, and President Sauli Niinistö and the First Lady, Jenni Haukio, stayed on for a while to admire the modern learning environment.
Text: Suvi Kataja
Photo: Ari Aalto
Translation: John Calton