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In the second application round of TFK programme 30 educational cooperation projects were selected for funding

Programmes Higher education Team Finland Knowledge Internationalisation
The second application round of TFK programme and its target areas Southern Africa, Latin America, China, India, and Southeast Asia received wide interest among the Finnish HEIs.
Finnish National Agency for Education granted in total 1 816 408 euros for 30 projects. Funding amount per project varies between 46 400 and 72 000 euros and project period is 1.8.2022-31.12.2024. Most of the funding was reserved for projects in Southern Africa and Latin America.

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In total 90 proposals were submitted, and the applied funding was in total 6 289 510 euros. More applications came from universities than from universities of applied sciences; 56 of the projects applied were coordinated by a university and 34 by a university of applied sciences. Altogether 30 Finnish HEIs were involved in the project proposals, 12 of which universities and 18 universities of applied sciences. Most of the Finnish HEIs submitted more than one proposal. The call was open to all degree levels and disciplines.

Applied and selected projects of TFK programme by target area in 2022

Most of the applications (36 projects) were targeted to cooperation with Southern Africa. 35 applications were targeted to Latin America and the rest to Southeast Asia (9), China (5) and India (5). The most common fields represented in the applications were health, engineering and engineering trades and environmental protection.

Selected projects will advance sustainability and health sector and develop the skills needed in work life

The primary assessment criteria was the quality of the project. Selected projects include 13 projects targeted to Southern Africa and 13 to Latin America, the primary regions of the application round. Projects were also funded to other areas: 1 to China, 1 to India, 1 to Indonesia and 1 to Singapore. The selected projects include 10 Finnish universities of applied sciences and 8 universities and 50 HEIs from target countries.

The selected projects represent different fields, such as social and behavioural science, teacher training and education science, health, environmental protection, life sciences and humanities. Altogether 13 projects have sustainability as a theme in some way. 

Common themes in the selected projects are among others solving challenges related to climate change, for example in marine traffic and food production. Sustainability, such as green energy and circular economy, are common themes as well. Projects solve also challenges in health sector, for example in nutrition, mental health and sexual and reproductive health education, and develop the skills of students to match the needs of work life. Learning is mutual between target countries and partners.

Planned activities and the most common fields of education in selected projects of TFK programme in 2022

Most projects combine different activities: common study modules, courses and intensive courses, development and implementation of digital/virtual teaching and mobility of students and staff between Finland and target country. Several projects included also collaboration with the world of work and curriculum collaboration. The most common fields represented in the selected projects are engineering and engineering trades, health, business and administration and environmental protection. 

The next TFK programme call will open in autumn 2022

The purpose of the Team Finland Knowledge programme is to create and strengthen cooperation between Finnish higher education institutions and the target regions and countries selected to the TFK network, and to design new operating models for cooperation. The programme funds educational cooperation between higher education institutions through cooperation and mobility projects. The programme is open to all higher education institutions in Finland and in the target regions and countries of the programme.

The next call will be opened in autumn 2022. The target regions will be announced later.