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The University of Eastern Finland celebrating Africa Day

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The University of Eastern Finland celebrates Africa Day on 25 May 2022.

Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the African Union, which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 25th May, 1963. Africa Day is celebrated around the world and is an opportunity to appreciate and mark the African continent’s diverse history and heritage, while acknowledging its cultural and economic potential.

At the University of Eastern Finland, Africa Day represents an opportunity to acknowledge a diverse and important group of scholars and academics who enrich and make a valuable contribution to education and research in and on Africa.

We shall have a series of different activities and communications about our collaborations with our African colleagues, partner institutions and networks. Further information below and on our social media #AfricaDayUEF.

Contact person: Roseanna Avento, email roseanna.avento@uef.fi.


Event: Climate change and the effects on environment, wildlife and food security

Organisers: University of Eastern Finland, Finnish-Kenya Society, East African Wildlife Society, Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland, and Africa Students Association Joensuu

13.00-15.00  EEST in Educa  E100 Joensuu Campus and in Snellmania SN200 Kuopio Campus and Online here. (Microsoft Teams meeting  Click here to join the meeting)


Opening of event

Roseanna Avento, Global Development Manager, UEF  

Welcoming address

Rector Jukka Mönkkönen, UEF

Address of the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland and the African Student Association in Joensuu

Matti Karhunen, Board Member of the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland

Imene Oghenefejiro Prince, African Student Association Member

Introduction of the Finnish Kenya Society

Erkki Kyllönen, Chair of the Finnish Kenya Society

Introduction of the East African Wildlife Society

Nancy Ogonje, Executive Director

Panel Discussion: Climate change and the effects on environment, wildlife and food security

This panel discussion will consider how climate change has affected environment, wildlife and food security in Kenya. The discussants consider the link between climate change and the ecosystems and environments surrounding communities as well as how food systems have changed. The panel discusses the challenges surrounding wildlife, communities, and food production and how government policies around environment, agriculture and climate change need to evolve in order to address economic and social inequalities.

Moderator: Dr Ilkka Jormanainen, UEF School of Computing


  • Rosemary Mwanza, Doctoral Researcher, UEF School of Law
  • Ossi Leppänen, Deputy Chair, Finnish Kenya Society
  • Jabes Okumu, Programs and Advocacy Manager, East African Wildlife Society
  • Mari Hassinen-Agoya, Head of Country Capacity Strengthening, UN World Food Programme Kenya

Q & A

Closing of the Event

Coffee and Tea and Networking


Film Screening: Home of Heart (26 min, 2016, Finnish & English)

15.15-16.00  Educa 100 Joensuu Campus and Snellmania SN200 Kuopio Campus and Online (Microsoft Teams meeting  Click here to join the meeting)

Home of Heart is a short film that tells a story of urbanized Namibians who miss their childhood homes in the harsh environment of north-central Namibia. The story starts from Namibia but by surprise ends in Finland. Directed by Riikka Notkola. The screening will be opened by Dr. Antti Erkkilä, UEF Department of Historical and Geographical Studies


UEF Library Africa Exhibition

The UEF library celebrates Africa Day with an exhibition in the Kuopio Campus Library as well as a virtual exhibition on UEF-Primo. The exhibition features books, both in print and electronic, related to the African Union, the history and future of Africa.

The exhibition is on Kuopio Campus from 24th May to 23rd June 2022 and on UEF-Primo from 24th May to 12th June 2022.


African Student Stories

This year 2022, we currently have 207 African students enrolled at UEF, 109 master’s students and 98 doctoral researchers. They come from 22 different African countries. Here are some of their stories.

Read more about UEF degree programmes offered in English.


African Student Exchange Stories

UEF collaborates through the Erasmus + Global Mobility programme to implement student mobility with the following African universities in Egypt: Pharos University, Eritrea: National Higher Education and Research Institute; Ghana: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, University of Ghana, University of Development Studies, and CSIR College of Science and Technology, Morocco: University of Ibn Zohr and Al Akhwayan University and South Africa: STADIO University and University of Limpopo. UEF School of Pharmacy also have an opportunity to complete some of their pharmacy practical training in Ghana.

See what exchange student Mina Poku-Agyemang from CSIR Ghana has to say about her exchange at UEF.


African Alumni Stories

Over the years, over 1000 Africans from 30 different African countries have studied at UEF.  Here are some of the stories of our African alumni.

Join the UEF Alumni network here!


Blog post: Africa, are we together?

UEF currently has research and education collaboration activities in 11 African countries. Some of the networks though which we collaborate in Africa include the Southern African Nordic Centre (SANORD) and the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture’s global pilot programmes: the EDUCase platform, the Southern Africa Finnish Network for Health and Wellbeing (SAFINET), the Global Innovation Network for Teaching and Learning (GINTL) and the Finnish Africa Platform for Innovation.

Roseanna Avento, Global Development Manager at UEF reflects on UEF and Africa relations and partnerships. Read more here.

UEF is also a member of the Finnish University Partnership for International Development (UniPID) to support engagement with Africa and other parts of the Global South. Some examples of the support provided to enhance this collaborations include:

Decolonising Sustainable Development? Introductory lessons from the Global South’ Registration opens in August 2022.

Ecosystem Restoration in the Tropics and Climate Change’ together with the CSIR College of Science and Technology in Ghana. Registration opens in January 2023.

  • Support for researchers and collaborators

UniPID Infobank is a multidisciplinary expert and project database with researcher profiles and collaborative project descriptions to facilitate knowledge exchange, communication and cooperation opportunities.  

FinCEAL + partnership building support has been provided to build networks like the Global Foodnet with partners in Kenya, South Africa and Peru.



Co-designing learning solutions in Africa, for Africa, with Africans

Hear from our researchers in the School of Computing at UEF, Doctoral Researcher Satu Järvinen and Dr Friday Agbo discuss their work on development of learning solutions in different parts of Africa.

Dr Friday Agbo, who's just finished his PhD, tells us about his doctoral research, which focused on how to teach computational thinking to novice computer science students. Satu Järvinen, on the other hand, has just started her research. The aim of her doctoral thesis is to understand the opportunities and challenges of skills micro certification in Africa.

Read more about the IMPDET - PhD studies in Education Technology that supports this research.

 Detangling Development Podcast (UniPID) : Finland’s Role in Global Sustainable Development

In this episode we take a look at Finland's role in global sustainable development with Teppo Eskelinen, philosopher and senior lecturer in Social Sciences at UEF. Listen to the episode here.

Detangling Development, is a 7-part podcast series brought to you by UniPID, to dive deeper into important themes that bridge between the activities of universities and the aims of sustainable development by interviewing a guest with expert insight or research in the specific topic. Find the podcast here.