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Wednesday, 09 June 2021

Finish ambassador visits CPUT

RAPPORT: Finish Ambassador in South Africa, Anne Lammila, flanked by Vice-Chancellor Prof Chris Nhlapo and Director: Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships, Prof Judy Peter. RAPPORT: Finish Ambassador in South Africa, Anne Lammila, flanked by Vice-Chancellor Prof Chris Nhlapo and Director: Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships, Prof Judy Peter.

As part of the 2030 vision and strategy for Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships (SIP), Vice-Chancellor, Prof Chris Nhlapo and Director: Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships, Prof Judy Peter, recently hosted the Finish Ambassador, Anne Lammila at the Bellville campus.

Peter said the University was expanding and establishing new bilateral collaborations with Nordic countries.  She stated that CPUT has active partnerships with Finnish universities; Oulu University, Aalto University, School of Science, School of Arts, Design and Architecture and JAMK University of Applied Sciences. “Therefore, the recent visit by the Finnish Ambassador, Anne Lammila, was welcomed in this spirit. The outcome was a commitment to share and look at opportunities such as ‘The Future is made with Finland’, reciprocal mobility possibilities for staff and students through the Finnish Education and Science Counsellor, Iina Soiri and the SIP office,” Peter said.

She noted that the intent is to magnify the internationalisation agenda to promote research collaborations, joint degree offerings, short courses and mobility aligned with CPUT's niche research areas: Research Focus Area 1:  Bio-economy and Biotechnology; Research Focus Area 2:  Space Science, Engineering and Technology; Research Focus Area 3:  Smart Energy; Research Focus Area 4:  The Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability; Research Focus Area 5:  Human, Health and Social Dynamics and Research Focus Area 6:  The Digital Society.

In the meeting, Nhlapo said the Institution has had a good, longstanding relationship with Nordic countries. “The Nordic countries are very good to us. Our students who go there find it easy to settle… We value our partnership with Finland, it comes a long way. It would be good for our researchers to connect with them. When we are there [Nordic countries], we are at home” he continued.

“We don’t want our post-doctorates to just work at CPUT or in South Africa but they must be hosted by international universities. We would also like our Master’s students to be examined internationally.  If we can start examining your students and you examine ours that would enhance the quality of our education.”

Meanwhile, Lammila said her aim was to get to know CPUT and to learn what the institution does with Finnish partners and the meeting was a very useful and pleasant visit. “I learned a lot about the university. It was impressive to hear how you work. As a country [Finland] we need this exchange to have more courses in English because [traditionally] our courses were all in Finish. We got some money to accommodate more students and doctors from foreign [African] countries… Ours is to benefit knowledge from what you have. We put more emphasis on education and science, if you are left behind in technology unfortunately the future is not yours.”

Written by Aphiwe Boyce