Current administration (Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland) decided not to continue our project.
Therefore, UEM-Aalto cooperation is now over.
Thanks to our trustworthy and committed partners in Mozambique!
Our article “Development of a study module on and pedagogical approaches to industrial environmental engineering and sustainability in Mozambique” has been published by the International Journal of Higher Education (Vol. 6, No. 2, 2017):
Team Vagalhão has started planning for a new project based on all the experience gathered together during the last years and lessons learned starting from 2009 and building on the results of our previous projects.
HEI ICI – international development cooperation programme for higher education: http://www.cimo.fi/programmes/hei_ici
Niina Torikka completed her exchange (Faculdade de agronomia e engenharia florestal) and her experiences from this visit encourage us all to keep on working together and generating new ideas. For example, she did a report on illegal logging in Mozambique as a part of the Restoration of Degraded Ecosystems course. Previously, she has also done volunteer work in Swaziland.
Potential new areas of future collaboration within the HEI ICI and NSS network framework could be thesis work projects involving guidance, topics and funding from both countries.
Another interesting link between the two countries was the delivery of axle seals for the over 17 years old Valmet 355 tractor to the Centro Agroflorestal de Machipanda (CEFLOMA, U.E.M. Machipanda – Manica). The parts were sponsored by Valtra from Finland (AGCOcorp).
Team Vagalhão joined the WFC2015 – Forests and people: investing in a sustainable future:
Interesting themes and topics included, for example, investment in forest education, research and capacity-building, product innovations and sustainable trade, sustainable forest management, capacity-building for good forest governance and integrated approaches to land-use. There was also networking between Finnish and African actors including meetings with the Private Forestry Programme – PFP (Panda Miti Kibiashara, a bilateral Programme between the governments of Tanzania and Finland) staff and experts. http://www.pandamiti.or.tz/
Lots of field experiences for practical first hand information! Thank you all for receiving us! Please see report here:
Team Vagalhão participated in the Climate-Smart Agriculture 2015 Global Science Conference, March 16-18.2015, Montpellier, France. Webpage: http://csa2015.cirad.fr/
Interesting future R&D activities include, for example, development of metrics for CSA with special emphasis on field level verification.
Students of Eduardo Mondlane University from Maputo did their two-month intensive training and thesis literature work at Aalto University in the end of 2014. Time was well spent on learning on each thesis in detail and sharing the information. Lectures, several company visits and exercises complemented the theory with excellent practical lessons.
Students are now back in Maputo to continue with their thesis studies in practice. Vagalhão and Sol Nascente team will reunite with the students during the next field visit most likely in April 2015.
A picture says a thousand words so please enjoy the following collection of snapshots during the students’ visit to Finland. We want to express their most sincere thank you to every company, association and consortium that hosted and helped us along the way:
Nuuksio National Park and Haltia Environment Centre
Aalto: Protostudio and FabLab on Arabia campus, Martin Hackenberg for all his assistance! Department of Forest Products Technology staff and School of Chemical Technology International Offices staff
THANK YOU! We look forward to seeing you all again!!