Namibian primary school teachers start teacher training at UEF

This week, 25 Namibian primary school teachers will join the University of Eastern Finland at the Joensuu Campus. They will be studying in the Master’s Degree Programme in Primary Education, commissioned for them through Finland University, a company specialising in transnational education. The programme constitutes the first ever Master's degree programme commissioned through Finland University that will be carried out entirely in Finland.

The Master's degree programme was commissioned by the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund, NSFAF. NSFAF Director Hilya Nghiwete and the Namibian ambassador to Finland, H.E. Bonny Haufiku with their delegations will be visiting the Joensuu Campus on 25–26 January to learn more about teacher training at UEF.

The objective of the Master's degree programme is to further develop the Namibian education sector. The programme offered by the University of Eastern Finland addresses international education policy, pedagogy and primary education, and widely incorporates blended learning and the use of ICT in research-based teaching. UEF has offered similar training to Namibian primary school teachers already before. The previous programme was very successful, meeting well the objectives set.

The programme will be carried out by the School of Applied Educational Science and Teacher Education at the Philosophical Faculty in collaboration with other international Master's degree programmes at UEF, as well as with schools in the region, including the Martti Ahtisaari School in Kuopio, which has close ties to the Martti Ahtisaari School in the Nambian capital Windhoek.

The University of Eastern Finland engages in research collaboration with Namibian partners also in other fields, including forest sciences and geographical and historical studies.

Founded in 2013 and beginning operations in 2014, Finland University is a company specialising in transnational education, co-owned by the University of Eastern Finland, the University of Tampere and the University of Turku.

For further information, please contact:
Academic Director of the Master's degree programme, Associate Professor Sari Havu-Nuutinen, sari.havu-nuutinen(at), tel. +358 50 442 2356
Transnational Education Coordinator Roseanna Avento, roseanna.avento(at), tel. +358 40 355 3828