During the event, the long-term, fruitful cooperation between the Embassy of Finland with NUST, and other institutions in Namibia and Finland was recognised. One such collaboration is the Participatory Tools for Human Development with the Youth, also known as PARTY Project. The Project is an international multi-stakeholder initiative, under the leadership of the University of Lapland, Finland, and is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework Programme. NUST is one of the Southern African host partners whose contribution is based on expertise in community-based technology development.
Furthermore, another noteworthy collaboration between NUST and Finland is the formation of a consortium known as ‘Smart Community’ which aims to devise solutions for holistic community development projects by responding to the challenges of rapid urbanisation in Namibia. It promotes local economic and social development and value creation in an environmentally, socially and culturally sustainable way.
Dr Tjama Tjivikua, the NUST Vice-Chancellor said: “I want to assure you that your presence will be sorely missed but your impact has been deeply embedded in our growth and is forever imprinted in our history and in our minds.” In turn, Ambassador Saloranta expressed her gratitude towards the University for the cordial professional and personal relationships that have been cultivated over the years.