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African Student calls out a Finnish university on racism
Friday, 02 November 2012
The news item is sourced from Yle
A Nigerian student is accusing officials at the University of Tampere
of deliberately withholding his medical qualification. He has the
support of two professors.
Nigerian medical student, Emmanuel Eneh is accusing the medical faculty
at the University of Tampere of withholding his medical licentiate
degree. Eneh was told that his study programme had expired when he
failed his final exam after the 17 attempt last autumn.
“It’s just not possible. I was about to graduate and become a doctor. I
can’t start all over again. This is an outrageous decision,” Eneh told
Yle’s Silminnäkijä (Eyewitness) investigative programme.
50 years old and a Finnish citizen, Eneh had been studying medicine in
Tampere for more than 20 years. During that time he had received 378
study credits. A medical licentiate degree requires 360 credits.
Eneh was admitted to study without completing the entrance exam as a
quota student. The Ministry of Education allowed the faculty of
medicine to admit 1 – 2 students annually from developing countries
into the medical licentiate programme.
Professor Antti Hervonen taught at the faculty until last year during
the time that Eneh studied there. “This is a blonde-haired blue-eyed
faculty, and it’s very rare to see anything else,” Hervonen told Yle.
According to Eneh, one reason for his problem at the university is his skin colour. Professor Hervonen said the issue is racism.
Another former Tampere university professor currently lecturing at the
University of Tallinn, Tero Autio has arrived at a similar conclusion.
“I have worked in universities all over the continent. This is a very
unique case, and I hope the authorities wake up,” Autio said.
Autio had written to the university on Eneh’s behalf in 2010, however,
like Eneh's status, a meeting convened to discuss the case was
inconclusive, he said.
According to the Silminnäkijä programme, Eneh had completed on-the-job training at many hospitals during his course of studies.
Medical authorities interviewed at two of the hospitals in Kaivanto and
Valkeakoski said that he performed his duties in much the same way as
Before coming to Finland to study, Eneh had completed two degrees in
his home country: one in microbiology and another in theology.
Retired professor Hervonen said that in his opinion there was no intellectual deficiency in Eneh’s case.
The medical faculty would not comment on the case since it is currently before the courts.
News Source: Cull from Yle