Eritrea and Finland signed an Agreement on Technical Cooperation on higher education in Asmara on 2nd October 2015 this week.
The Agreement was signed by Mr. Semere Russom, the Minister of Education and Mr. Pekka Haavisto, Special Envoy of the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The cooperation agreement envisages Finnish support in five projects of higher education. These projects will enhance the quality and outreach of higher education; contribute to the further development of Eritrea’s education sector; and bolster the efficient use of research-based knowledge.
The agreement will in particular promote development of information technologies in Eritrea’s institutions of tertiary education; support the installation of digital libraries and strengthen agricultural research.
The Minister of Education, Mr. Semere Russom asserted that the agreement reached will enhance ongoing efforts in professional human resources development and that it will be accomplished within the envisaged time frame.
Executive director of the Eritrean Commission of Higher of Education, Prof. Tadesse Mehari on his part expressed satisfaction at the level of cooperation reached today after a series of meetings in the past years.
Mr. Pekka Haavisto noted that Eritrea is a country known for its peace and tranquility in the Horn of Africa region and expressed his appreciation of the efforts exerted to revitalize and expand the education system in the country.