Poly Rector, Prof Tjama Tjivikua, and LAPIN AMK Vice-President, Dr Reijo Tolppi, recently formalised the cooperative relationship between their respective institutions when they signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that states that the Poly and LAPIN AMK recognise the value of research and capacity building, cooperation and exchange for the purpose of deepening the understanding of scientific, technological and environmental issues.
The two institutions will also cooperate in the areas of research and materials exchanges aimed to promote collaborative research activities between the Poly and LAPIN AMK. The agreement will encourage and promote collaborative research activities between their staff and students in order to promote the generation of knowledge and the development of the two institutions and their respective societies.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Dr Tolppi said that establishing a partnership with the Poly was important for his institution as it aims to develop and share knowledge and capacity in the areas of Mining Engineering which is central to the mining sectors in both Finland and Namibia.
Prof Tjivikua expressed his excitement at the formalisation of the agreement and said the unique nature of the Mining progamme at the Finnish institution provides the ideal opportunity for sharing ideas and experiences. “This partnership will enrich us for sure,” Tjivikua said.
The signing of the MoU is a continuation of the Poly’s strategy of internationalisation of education as it continues its effort to benchmark itself with top international universities.