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The Phoenix Project

We want to build a long-lasting mutually beneficial relationship with the University of Namibia in southern Africa.

Working in line with the Welsh Government's Wales for Africa programme, we aim to strengthen the capacity of the University of Namibia, providing opportunities for shared learning and development across as many our departments as possible. We will achieve this by training, sharing educational resources, supporting staff, making student exchanges and providing information technology support.

All activities will be very fundamentally based on the needs of the University of Namibia and fall into three broad categories:

  • communication
  • science thinking
  • women, children and infectious diseases.

For example, under science we are exploring a mathematics teaching project, and under communication we are looking at a community health journalism project.

The Welsh Government's Wales for Africa programme focuses its efforts on delivering the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to halve global poverty by 2015. In addition, we support the Welsh Government's view that international development activity must also benefit the people of Wales. Consequently this project merges the Welsh Government's aims in sub-Saharan Africa and our international aspirations by creating The Phoenix Project.

Engineering student in Nigeria

We are hugely committed to The Phoenix Project, and have found an equally committed partner in the University of Namibia. The collaboration will provide many new international opportunities and experiences for staff and students in Cardiff, Wales and Namibia. In addition, it provides a gateway to international development opportunities that may influence other universities, communities and even governments.

Students and staff from the Universities of Namibia and Cardiff will benefit most from The Phoenix Project, each gaining hugely from exposure to different cultures. They will challenge themselves by engaging in international development work, each according to their area of expertise and the needs of our universities.

The project also aims to raise awareness about the importance of education in the delivery of the MDGs in the wider communities in Wales and Namibia.

We signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Namibia on 31 July 2014. We hope this will be the start of a long-lasting mutual friendship.