The aim of the SIMHE services is to streamline the identification and recognition of the prior learning of highly educated migrants arriving with different statuses as well as to facilitate their access to higher education, completion of degrees and employment in the Finnish labour market at the national and regional levels.
The objective of the SIMHE activities is to benefit the entire Finnish field of higher education and mainstream good practices and models nationally. The participating higher education institutions engage in diverse cooperation with regional, national and international actors.
National coordination of the activities is managed by the SIMHE cooperation group. The cooperation group supports the dissemination of good SIMHE practices in Finnish higher education institutions, bolsters the activities of the existing HEIs responsible for migrants, and develops inter-authority cooperation relevant to the integration of highly educated migrants and international higher education students.
The objective of the activities is to ensure that the prior learning and previously completed qualifications of highly educated migrants arriving in Finland would be identified and recognised in accordance with national practices as soon as possible, giving these persons access to appropriate education and career paths.
In the pilot stage in 2016, the first higher education institutions responsible for the activities were the University of Jyväskylä and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. In 2017, four new higher education institutions joined in: the University of Helsinki, Karelia University of Applied Sciences, Oulu University of Applied Sciences and the University of Turku. Later on, Arcada University of Applied Sciences, Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Tampere University of Applied Sciences and the University of Vaasa also became involved. The financing for the activities is included in the strategic funding of higher education institutions. Read more about the activities on the higher education institutions' websites.