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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 higher education provision in these countries. The projects are designed to offer support to the higher education 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. Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI) administrates the programme.

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 higher education institutes themselves.

Information about the HEI ICI projects funded under programme period 2016-2018 can be found here.

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
Countries which are eligible to ODA (Official Development Assistance), defined by the OECD (The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)
General terms and conditions of state aid (HEI ICI) granted by the MFA (pdf)