The call for programme period 2020–2024 closed on 23 August 2019. Information about new calls is published on this page.
Finland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs provides funding for the programme through its development cooperation funds. The Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI) administrates the programme.
Supporting education in developing countries helps them 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 must be based on the needs identified by the higher education institutions themselves.
All HEI ICI projects are coordinated by a Finnish higher education institution. The Finnish project coordinator serves as the Finnish National Agency for Education's contact person and is responsible for the internal project communication. The coordinator is responsible for guiding the project implementation in such a way that it follows the guidelines set by the programme and by Finland’s development policy framework.
Projects receiving HEI ICI funding are required to submit annual reports to the Finnish National Agency for Education. The reporting must be results-based and comprise of both financial and project activity information, based on the project-specific indicators. Further information on reporting requirements is available below.
All reports and attachments need to be submitted through the EDUFI online reporting system.
Reporting schedule for projects 2020-2024 will be updated later.
Reporting schedule for projects 2017-2020
- 2017 annual progress report - deadline 31 March 2018
- 2018 annual progress report - deadline 31 March 2019
- Final project report - deadline 30 June 2020
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Finland has granted a total of 12 million euros to development cooperation projects carried out by higher education institutions (HEIs) in 2017-2020. The funding will be used to implement 20 projects in 16 countries to strengthen higher education in the developing world. The projects will last up to 3 years.
The cooperation will focus on the least developed countries in Africa and Asia, especially on Finland’s development cooperation partner countries. Other countries, such as Peru and Myanmar, are also represented.
The cooperation takes place in HEI networks of varying size and geographical coverage. Several academic fields are covered, with a noteworthy focus on multi-disciplinary collaboration, business incubation and innovation, as well as teacher training and education.
The support is used to develop e.g. study programmes and teaching methods in the participating HEIs, to provide continuing education for the staff, and to strengthen research capacity and working life connections. The projects contribute to the development of subject-specific, methodological, pedagogical and administrative capacities in the HEIs.
HEI ICI project results have been monitored both annually and periodically since the programme's launch in 2010. Read more about the results below.
Please send all enquiries concerning the projects to hei.ici(at)oph.fi
EDUFI programme administration contacts:
Kaija Pajala, tel. +358 29 533 8571
Annika Sundbäck-Lindroos, tel. +358 29 533 8542
Saara Paavilainen (financial management), tel. +358 29 533 1799
Anne Hämäläinen, tel. +358 295 338513
Annastiina Heiskanen, tel. +358 29 533 1634