“Collaboration between UEF and both Ghana and Nigeria has recently been strengthened by the signing of two Memoranda of Understanding (MOU). They are based on earlier collaboration between researchers and educators at the School of Nursing and our partner organisations, where they have identified mutual areas of interest,” Dean Jussi Pihlajamäki of the Faculty of Health Sciences at UEF says.
One of the MOUs is with the University of Ghana and covers collaboration in education and research in the field of health sciences, and in particular in nursing sciences. The MOU grew out of mobility actions enacted between the partners, funded by the Erasmus + Global Mobility Programme.
The other MOU is with Villanova University in the State of Pennsylvania (USA), the University of Port Harcourt (Nigeria) and the Public Health Foundation of India (India), and it focuses on developing an academic course on Global Climate Change and Health. The collaboration is a result of mobility actions enacted through the Fulbright Foundation, which funded Professor Ruth McDermott-Levy’s (Villanova University) to UEF, and connections to UEF alumni in Nigeria and network collaboration with the Public Health Foundation of India.
“Formalising the partnerships enables us to work together in a more consolidated and focused fashion towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal number 3: good health and well-being. We are excited at the prospects this brings for us and our partners,” says the University of Eastern Finland’s Rector Jukka Mönkkönen.
“Mobility actions and our alumni have proved very important for the development of international collaboration,” UEF’s Director of International Affairs Riikka Pellinen emphasises.