University of Helsinki and University of Nairobi to engage in closer cooperation

The universities have signed an agreement on research and education cooperation. “I hope that the agreement will establish better opportunities for genuine cooperation, particularly in disciplines which may promote societal development and well-being in Kenya through their results,” says Georg A. O. Magoha, Rector of the University of Nairobi, at the signing meeting in Nairobi.

University of Helsinki and University of Nairobi to engage in closer cooperation

Researchers from the University of Helsinki have conducted research throughout Africa for decades now. In recent years, cooperation with African universities has especially focused on agriculture and forestry, consumer economics, and biosciences.

The University of Helsinki has now established a research station in the Taita Taveta district in Kenya. The opening ceremony of the university’s first station based abroad took place last week. The establishing of the research station was initiated by Petri Pellikka, Professor of Geoinformatics, who has already worked long periods in Taita Taveta in many years.

The Taita research station focuses on multidisciplinary environmental research and offers accommodation and research resources for researchers from the University of Helsinki, Kenyan researchers, and other international researchers working in the region.

At the signing of the cooperation agreement between the University of Nairobi and the University of Helsinki, Rector Georg A. O. Magoha and Rector Thomas Wilhelmsson pointed out that the universities have cooperation opportunities based on both parties in the fields of biosciences, medicine, veterinary medicine, computer science, law, and teacher training.

Kenya is currently facing its most difficult drought in years, and the locals are already forecasting a famine. Technology and research related to water supply and water were also highlighted in the speech given by the Rector of the University of Nairobi.

– The objectives of the University of Nairobi with respect to implementing the agreement in practice are fully consistent with those of the University of Helsinki. According to its strategy, the University of Helsinki actively works to promote the well-being of humanity and a just society, says Rector Wilhelmsson.

The University of Nairobi was formed in 1961 from the Royal Technical College of East Africa. The multidisciplinary university has approximately 40,000 graduate students.

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Text: Terttu Nurro
Photo: Petri Pellikka
20.1.2011
Translation: AAC Global
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