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Higher Education Institution Network Programme

The North-South-South Higher Education Institution Network Programme (North-South-South) opens up opportunities for cooperation between higher education institutions in Finland and developing countries. The main focus is on reciprocal student and teacher exchange.

The networks of higher education institutions apply for funding for the activities supported within the programme.

The North-South-South Programme is in its fourth programme phase in 2013-2015. The programme started in 2004.

Funded activities

The programme is funded by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Funded activities are:

  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

Participating countries

Apart from the Finnish Higher education institutions, the North-South-South Programme is 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 is given to

  • The least developed countries (according to ODA).
  • Finland’s primary development cooperation partner countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nepal, Tanzania, Vietnam and Zambia.

List of ODA -countries

Aim and scope

The purpose of the programme is to enhance human capacity in all participating countries through interaction and mobility. The aim is also to generate and disseminate knowledge and to create sustainable partnerships between higher education institutions in Finland and in the partner countries. The focus is especially on the enhancement of higher education in partner countries.

The programme contributes both to the Millennium Development Goals and the Finnish development cooperation policies.

Who can apply?

Applications can be submitted by Finnish higher education institutions which act as project coordinators of projects. Individuals – teachers and students – can ask their own institutions whether they can take part in the programme from their higher education institution.

How to apply?

The calls for proposals are arranged on an annual basis. For more information, see "To the applicant".