Workshop on curriculum review at UNAM, by Tuula Kaisto.

Photo: Tuula Kaisto

Medical Education System Strengthening and Sustainability Project (MEDUNAM II)

Coordinator University of Oulu
Contact details

Dr Tuula Kaisto, University of Oulu, tuula.kaisto(at)
Dr Quenton Wessels, University of Namibia, quenwes(at)

Dr Paulo Pires, Lurio University, Mozambique, druidatom(at)

Budget €625 000
Duration 4/2013 - 12/2015, 32 months
Academic field Medical education


University of Oulu, Finland
University of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia
Lurio University, Nampula, Mozambique

Brief Description:

MEDUNAM II continues the work started in MEDUNAM (2011-2012), which concentrated on supporting the starting School of Medicine at UNAM. The other young Medical School of UniLurio joined in this second phase of cooperation. The UNAM SoM and UniLúrio medical programmes are decidedly cosmopolitan; students and faculty come from more than 10 countries. Operationally, work continues on developing and elevating both schools to a level that makes them the gold standard for medical education in Africa. Consistent with this considerable thought has been invested in defining the role of schools within their larger faculties and their respective countries. An integral component of this mission is the leveraging their respective Schools of Medicine and in doing so create larger institutions that can contribute effectively to improving health care delivery in Namibia and Mozambique respectively.

In cooperation with the University of Oulu the UNAMSoM and UniLúrio FCS have identified three principle avenues of collaboration that will intrinsically strengthen the programme and improve educational outcomes and thus ultimately capacity development. These outcomes are teaching, including postgraduate clinical education and research, curriculum development and review, and executive development. Ultimately these results will ensure the sustainability of both UNAMSoM and UniLurio FCS.

Result Area(s):

  • Improved quality and relevance of higher education
  • Enhanced management, leadership and governance capacities in higher education institutions
  • Improved information management in teaching and learning

Key Results to be Achieved:

  • Pedagogical training and retraining of faculty and students (continuing MEDUPEDA)
  • Reviewed curriculum (curriculum evaluation and development )
  • Developed executive and administrative skills; Institutional strengthening for health professionals