The idea of a semester of celebration was initiated by Fanny Duckert, Professor and Head of Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, and the South African Ambassador, Ismail Coovadia, in addition to the Director of the National Opera, Bjørn Simensen.


The first planning meeting for the celebration took place in August 2006. The three initiators invited stakeholders from the university, the Norwegian government, the Norwegian Research Council and several major cultural actors based in Oslo.


An organizing committee was appointed. We are now working towards a programme that will truly reflect the achievements resulting from the decade of cooperation. The programme will also point to the potential for future cooperation.