Cooperation between African and Finnish Universities

The Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition at the University of Eastern Finland has been cooperating for many years with the Ain Shams University (Egypt), the Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences (Tanzania) and the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton, (Kenya) to develop human resources for public health within their institutions. The libraries and information services were included as an important element in the overall project.

Teaching and library facilities were visited and resulted in the decision to focus on information literacy. Participants from all three African universities visited the University of Eastern Finland to learn about course development in information skills in a Moodle virtual learning environment. They then went on to develop their own course – Information skills and sources in health sciences. Finally library and Information topics formed a part of the teaching of trainers workshop in Cairo.

The University of Namibia Library collaborated with Libraries at the Universities of Helsinki and Tampere during 2011-2012 in a project which focused on educational exchanges.

Two seminars were held in Namibia:

  1. Library and collection development, evidence-based librarianship, open access, copyright and benchmarking.
  2. Information literacy and the development of appropriate courses through various collaborative methods with Namibians and Finns working together.
  3. Fourteen Namibians (including the Medical Librarian at the newly created medical education programme) participated in the staff exchange to Finland. They were chosen by the University of Namibia and appropriate programmes were planned in Finland.

Information from: Journal of the European Association for Health Information and Libraries 2013, vol.9, p.3-7;14-16.

Jean Shaw, Phi


About jgreigshaw

I work with Partnerships in Health Information which promotes partnership between libraries in Africa and the UK with an emphasis in African leadership. I have visited Kenya, Mali, Uganda and Zambia though Phi has contacts in many more African countries.
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