HEI ICI 2020-2024 financing decisions have been made and applicants have been informed. A total of nine projects have been granted funding with a total budget of 11,2 MIL euro for the next 4 years. Read more about the new programme and find a list of the selected projects from the section Projects 2020-2024.
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.
For coordinators 2020-2024
This section provides information for HEI ICI coordinators for implementing the projects. The page will be updated during the summer 2020.
For coordinators 2017-2020
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
Ministry for Foreign Affairs has granted 11,2 million euros for higher education institutions' development cooperation projects with the aim to support capacity of distance learning and improved access of higher education for students in the global south.
HEI ICI programme has three main themes: Solving the global learning crises, Climate adaptation and mitigation and innovation development to increase employability at large scale. The selected projects will develop digital learning environments such as MOOCs, study modules and distance courses. They will strengthen teacher’s pedagogical capacity of digital and blended learning, develop digital learning platforms, improve IT skills and working life conditions of the HEIs.
Selected projects operate in eight countries in Asia and Africa. Partner country institutions include Higher education institutions form capital regions as well as smaller institutions from other regions. Partnerships support also thematic institutional cooperation between Finnish higher education institutions and in many projects, there is collaboration between universities and universities of applied sciences. Moreover, multi-stakeholder cooperation is emphasized. In addition to higher education institution partners, there are non-governmental organisation, ministries of education, other government organisation’s and private companies (for example ed-tech companies) involved from Finland and partner countries.
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.