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HEI ICI – international development cooperation programme for higher education

The Higher Education Institutions Institutional Cooperation Instrument (HEI ICI) supports cooperation projects between higher education institutions in Finland and the developing world that are designed to enhance HE provision in these countries. The projects are designed to offer support to the HE institutions as they develop their subject-specific, methodological, educational and administrative capacity.

Finland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs provides funding for the programme through its development cooperation funds.

Support for education in developing countries helps to promote skills development, establish a well-functioning, efficient and equal society, encourage entrepreneurship, drive sustainable development and reduce poverty.
The HEI ICI programme is thus in line with Finland’s foreign development policy objectives, however, the projects are all designed to reflect each individual country’s specific development aims and they must be based on the needs identified by the HEIs themselves.

Who can participate?

HEI ICI projects can be implemented in all developing countries that the OECD classifies as eligible to receive development aid, also known as Official Development Assistance (ODA) recipient countries. Under the programme, priority is given to certain countries listed in Section 2.4 of the HEI ICI Programme Document 2016–2018. The programme is open to projects in all subject fields. In order to qualify, the projects must involve a minimum of 2 HEIs, one of which must be based in Finland and the other in a developing nation. The project partners are also encouraged to collaborate with non-academic partners, including private sector businesses, authorities and NGOs.

Documents guiding the programme

HEI ICI Programme Document 2016–2018 (pdf)
Government Report on Development Policy: One World, Common Future - Toward sustainable development
Results based management in Finland's development cooperation
Human rights based approach to development
Countiries which are eligible to ODA (Official Development Assistance), definied by the OECD (The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)
General terms and conditions of state aid (HEI ICI) granted by the MFA - being updated