Monday February 26 United Nations University Fisheries Training Program (UNU-FTP) will hold a graduation ceremony for its 20th cohort of fellows.
Those interested in the program are all welcome to attend.
The ceremony will take place in the auditorium of the Marine and Freshwater Research Institute (MFRI), Skúlagata 4 – 1st floor and starts at 15:00. Immediately following the ceremony at 16:00 there will be a reception for guests at the same place.
- UNU-FTP chairman, Sigurður Guðjónsson, will welcome guests.
- UNU-FTP director, Tumi Tómasson, will review the program’s 20 years of cooperation with developing countries throughout the world.
- President of Iceland, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, will address the ceremony.
- Romauli Napitupulu will say a few words on behalf of graduating fellows.
This year 21 fellows took part in the UNU-FTP Six-months Training Program. They come from 15 countries in Asia, Africa, Central America and the Caribbean region. Thirteen are women or 62% of the total. Eight specialised in quality management; seven in stock assessment and fishing gear technology; and six in sustainable aquaculture.
Altogether 368 fellows have completed the UNU-FTP Six-months training progam. They come from 53 countries, most of them from Vietnam, Uganda, China, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. The program has also trained fellows from many Small Island Developing States (SIDS) such as Cuba, Jamaica, Cape Verde, and Fiji.
The United Nations University Fisheries Training Program was established in 1998 through a tri-lateral agreement between the United Nations University, the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Marine and Freshwater Research Institute (MFRI). It operates in collaboration with academic institutions, private companies and government bodies. Its Icelandic partner institutes include the MFRI, University of Iceland, Matís Food Research, the University of Akureyri and Holar University.
Each year the UNU-FTP offers a six-months training program in Iceland for fellows from developing countries. The program aims to strengthen professional capacity of the fellows so they can better contribute to the continuous development of fisheries in their home countries. It runs from September to February, and is divided into three parts; the introductory course, the specialization line, and the individual research project.