The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) defines a relationship and indicates an intended common line of action. Signing MoU:s is a part of NAI’s strategic aim to build networks and partnerships on the African continent and all over the world.

NAI partners up with University of Ibadan

Yesterday, the Nordic Africa Institute signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ibadan (UI) in Nigeria. “This is yet another important brick to strengthen and widen our network of partner institutions on the African continent and all over the world,” says NAI Director Iina Soiri.
The MoU was signed on 21 June in Ibadan by Iina Soiri and the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka, in the presence of the Ambassador of Finland, Ms. Suomela-Chowdhury, who represented all Nordic diplomatic missions in Nigeria. 
 “We are proud and honored to partner up with one of Nigeria’s oldest and biggest universities. The University of Ibadan is top-ranked, not only in a national comparison, but also internationally," says Iina Soiri.

These are two high quality institutions whose cooperation certainly holds great potential

Ambassador Suomela-Chowdhury

In September last year, UI became the first Nigerian university to make the top 1,000 in the Time’s Higher Education rankings. Among the university’s alumni are many notable individuals, including Noble Prize laureate Wole Soyinka. 
“The UI Institute of African Studies is the eldest and one of the most reputed in its field on the African continent. It produces wide multidisciplinary research and knowledge on Africa. We are looking forward to an intense and mutually fruitful cooperation,” says Iina Soiri.
"These are two high quality institutions whose cooperation certainly holds great potential," said Ambassador Suomela-Chowdhury in her remarks at the opening ceremony of a symposium on African diaspora, co-arranged by NAI and UI on the same occasion as the MoU-signing.
Other MoU-partners of NAI:
  • Dalarna University Centre for African Studies, Sweden
  • Faculty of Political Science and International Relations, University of Algiers 3, Algeria
  • Center for Spatial Information Science, Ahmadou Bello University, Nigeria 
  • Uppsala University, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Sweden
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