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Higher education collaboration promotes development policy goals

Collaboration in the higher education sector helps the goals of Finnish development policy come true in more ways than one. This became evident in an assessment of the outcomes and impact of the North–South–South and HEI-ICI programmes.

Finnish development co-operation appropriations are also used to support higher education. Part of this support is channelled through two programmes managed by CIMO. The HEI-ICI programme supports capacity building of higher education institutions in the South, while the North–South–South programme promotes student and staff mobility between north and south.

In the academic year 2011–2012, there were 15 HEI-ICI projects and 45 North–South–South projects running in almost 30 partner countries.

Human rights, democracy, environmental protection and green economy

Higher education co-operation supports each core area of Finland’s Development Policy Programme. All projects in the education sector promote human development. Many projects also support an inclusive green economy that promotes employment; a democratic and accountable society that advances human rights;and the sustainable management of natural resources and environmental protection.

Of the cross-cutting objectives in the development policy programme, gender equality and the citizens’ equal participation have enjoyed a key role also in higher education collaboration.

Fighting and adapting to climate change has been supported through several higher education projects in the field of natural resources and the environment.

See also

HEI ICI Programme enhances higher education institutional capacity

NORTH-SOUTH-SOUTH Higher Education Institution Network Programme


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