HEI ICI Programme enhances higher education institutional capacity

The Higher Education Institutions Institutional Cooperation Instrument (HEI ICI) supports collaboration projects between higher education institutions in Finland and developing countries. The programme seeks to enhance higher education capacity in the developing world.

The aim of the HEI ICI Programme

is to strengthen developing country HEIs as developmentally responsive institutions by enhancing administrative, field-specific, methodological and pedagogical capacity. This purpose will be achieved through institutional cooperation between the HEIs in Finland and partner developing countries in selected result areas.

What does the programme support?

Duration of HEI ICI projects is 1–3 years. The programme is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

HEI ICI projects must fall under the following Result Areas:

  • Improved quality and relevance of higher education
  • Enhanced management, leadership and governance capacities in higher education institutions
  • Improved information management in teaching and learning
  • Strengthened the role and relevance of the HEIs in development

Which countries are eligible for HEI ICI projects?

The Finnish development policy programme (2012) targets Finnish development cooperation to the least developed countries in Africa and Asia. The policy also calls on concentrating development cooperation to long-term partnerships and reducing fragmentation of aid.

Following these principles HEI ICI projects can be carried out in all developing countries which qualify for Official Development Assistance (ODA) as defined by the OECD.

In the selection criteria cooperation with least-developed countries is emphasized.

Synergies and complementarity with other Finnish development cooperation, especially in relation to the country-strategies with Finland´s long-term partner countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nepal, Tanzania, Vietnam and Zambia), are also used as a criteria when selecting projects.

>> List of ODA-recipients (pdf) (OECD)

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) has the main responsibility for the programme at policy level and financing the programme. CIMO is responsible for the administration of the HEI ICI programme.