Prof. emer. Kaarle Nordenstreng’s former student Abdulkadir Diesow, later minister in the Somali government and currently Dean of the Faculty of Journalism at Somali National University (SNU), accompanied the Rector of SNU to Tampere University on 30 January 2020. The purpose of the visit was to strengthen the cooperation started three years ago in the fields of Journalism and Education. Representatives of the Faculties of Education and Culture (EDU), Engineering and Natural Sciences (ENS) and Medicine and Health Technology (MET) also participated in the visit. Cooperating with SNU, Tampere University contributes to the rebuilding of a government-run university, which symbolises the return of peace and stability after the civil war. SNU, the only public university in Somalia, has 3 200 students of whom 29 % are women.
President Mari Walls and Dr. Mohamed Ahmed Jimale, Rector of Somali National University signed an institutional cooperation agreement at the end of January. The cooperation had been initiated by Dr. Kaarle Nordenstreng, Prof. emer. in Journalism and Mass Communication, in 2017.