Written by Godfrey AKON

Nigeria, Finland to strengthen partnership on education

Nigeria and Finland are to strengthen cooperation on technical and vocational education, as well as applied sciences and teacher education, among others.

Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu gave the indication in Abuja, while receiving a Finish trade delegation on a visit to the Ministry to explore areas of cooperation.

Adamu noted that Nigeria has a long standing cordial relationship with Finland in many areas, but stressed that educational cooperation needed to be strengthened.

He said Finland is rated one of the best educational systems in the world, adding that Nigeria and Finland have some similarities in their educational systems.

Earlier, Finland’s Deputy Minister for External Economic Relations, Mr. Matti Anthonem briefed the Nigeria Minister of Education on the various opportunities for collaboration between the two countries in the education sector.

Anthonem said Finland has perfected such collaboration with some other African Universities, adding that the country is already cooperating with Nigeria on the area of power, health, telecommunication and water among others.

He stressed that the education sector was too important to be neglected.

Also speaking, a Director from the National Universities Commission, NUC, Mr. Chris Maiyaki, said the Commission would require collaboration in the area of graduating Doctorate Degree scholars to support shortage of teachers in the University system and on the area of accreditation.

Similarly, a representative of Federal Scholarship Board, Mr. Prinzo Nwanyadimo, urged the Finish Government to key into the Bilateral Education Agreement which Nigeria has with many other countries of the world. 

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