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Higher Education Institution Network Programme

The North-South-South Programme has ended and no projects will be funded through the programme. NSS merged with HEI ICI Programme, launched in the spring 2016.

The North-South-South Higher Education Institution Network Programme (North-South-South) supported cooperation between higher education institutions in Finland and developing countries. The main focus of the programme was on reciprocal student and teacher exchange.

The networks of higher education institutions applied for funding for the activities supported within the programme. The North-South-South Programme started in 2004 as a pilot programme (North-South) and the last funded projects finished in late 2016. The programme was funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. The programme contributed both to the Millennium Development Goals and the Finnish development cooperation policies.

The purpose of the programme was to enhance human capacity in all participating countries through interaction and mobility. The aim was also to generate and disseminate knowledge and to create sustainable partnerships between higher education institutions in Finland and in the partner countries. The focus was especially on the enhancement of higher education in partner countries. NSS programme played an important role in achieving the goals of higher education internationalisation strategies, as well as on the internationalisation of higher education in developing countries and increasing mutual cooperation.

Funded activities:

  1. Reciprocal student and teacher exchange
  2. Joint intensive courses at the partner institutions in the South
  3. Activities that promote networking between Finnish and partner institutions; preparatory and administrative visits as well as network meetings.
  4. Dissemination measures

Apart from theFinnish Higher education institutions, the North-South-South Programme was applicable to projects in all those countries which are eligible to Official Development Assistance (ODA) as defined by the OECD. In the selection process, precedence was given to the least developed countries (according to ODA) and Finland’s primary development cooperation partner countries.