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10 million euros for higher education institutions cooperation between Finland and developing countries

By decision of Minister for International Development Heidi Hautala, 9.7 million euros was granted for development cooperation carried out by higher education institutions in 2013–2015. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs supports collaboration projects between Finnish higher education institutions (HEIs) and their partners in developing countries with an aim to enhance higher education capacity in the developing world. The number of supported collaboration projects is 23, and they are being carried out in 19 countries.

The projects chosen this time support, for example, development of the curricula and teaching methods in HEIs and continuing training of teaching staff, and enhance the administrative systems. The projects, representing various sectors, are based on needs specified by the partner HEIs in developing countries and they take advantage of the special competence areas of Finnish HEIs.

18 of the projects are coordinated by a university and five by a university of applied sciences. In many of the projects, universities and universities of applied sciences collaborate with each other. The duration of these projects is from one to three years. The costs of an individual project range from 300,000 to 500,000 euros, and the assistance covers a maximum of 80 per cent of the total expenses of the project. Cooperation is focused on the least developed countries in Africa and Asia and Finland’s long-term partner countries.

In recent years, Finnish HEIs have shown increasing interest towards developing countries. This time, the financing applications filed concerned a total of 55 projects. 41 of these were coordinated by universities and 14 by universities of applied sciences. A large international group of experts as well as specialists of development cooperation and international HEI cooperation participated in the selection process.The Ministry for Foreign Affairs provides funding for the programme from Finland’s development cooperation appropriations and it is administered by CIMO, the Centre for International Mobility.

Additional information

Marianne Rönkä, Inspector, Unit for General Development Policy and Planning, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, tel. +358 9 1605 6433
Annica Moore, Senior Programme Adviser, CIMO, the Centre for International Mobility, tel. +358 295 338 574

(7 January 2013)

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