Finnish–African Exchange Network for
Higher Education in Environmental Sciences (FANHEES 3)

Coordinator Lahti University of Applied Sciences
Contact details

Sari Horn, sari.horn(at)lamk.fi
Sakari Autio, sakari.autio(at)lamk.fi

Budget €134 200 grant + €20 000 - €50 000 funding from partners
Duration 6/2013 – 8/2015
Academic field Environmental sciences, environmental management and sustainable use of natural resources
Funding since 2009

A tree at Camp Kalahari, Botswana in 2013, by Lahti University of Applied Sciences.Partners:

Polytechnic of Namibia, Namibia
University of Botswana, Botswana
North West University, South Africa
Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland
HAMK University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Brief Description:

The project continues a well working co-operation between North and South in the areas of environmental sciences and sustainable use of natural resources.
The extensive environmental knowledge of the partners has offered a good basis for the cooperation. The involved universities from the South have a very good level of knowledge in many areas of environmental sciences e.g. environmental management, polluted soils, waters and mining industries and land use. Main expertise at the Finnish universities of applied sciences relate to environmental management, waste management and recycling, polluted soils, water management and sustainable development. The project will also aim to create a general framework for a joint study programme and development project related to global climate change.

Photo: Lahti University of Applied Sciences

The primary focus of the project is student and teacher mobility. Students participating in the exchange programme will also be encouraged to carry out practical work placements in participating countries.


Intensive programme in Namibia will be one of the key activities during the project. The programme of the course will not be only theoretical studies but also practical with field trips. Topic of the Intensive programme will be climate change adaption and it will be follow up to the first Intensive programme held in Botswana 2013.

Funded Activities
Number of Teacher Exchanges: 12
Number of Student Exchanges: 24
Number of Administrative Visits and Network Meetings: 1
Number of Intensive Courses: 1

Brief Description of the Intensive Course(s):

The Intensive Course (IC) brings together a group of students and teachers of environmental sciences and sustainable development from four participating countries. The IC offers an overview on environmental sustainability issues related to climate change adaptation. Studying methods are based on lectures, workshops and practical assignments in multinational groups of students and teachers. The IC combines traditional university lectures and workshops with the knowledge and experience through the cooperation with relevant local communities, public and private organizations and NGO’s. The aim is to increase the understanding of the challenges in adapting to climate change in African circumstances and recommendable solution patterns.


Practical issues of the IC, lectures, assignments and workshops relate especially to changes of availability of water and how it affects land use, agriculture and generally livelihood of the local people. Possibility to involve local communities and stakeholders is seen an important part of the approach of the course.
Participants: 28 students + 6 teachers/staff.