Higher Education Institutional Cooperation – Finland

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Co-Founder and CEO of I4DI, Azra Kacapor Nurkic recently served as an expert evaluator for the Finish Higher Education Institution – Institutional Cooperation Instrument (HEI ICI) Programme 2016 application call. As a member of the committee that conducted a qualitative evaluation of applications in Helsinki, Finland from November 9th – 10th, Dr. Nurkic provided expert review and support to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland & Centre for International Mobility (CIMO) in establishing a preliminary short-list of applications to be funded. Based on these findings, the HEI ICI Programme Board will make final selections and award funding to higher education institutions in the global south in order to contribute to well-functioning, efficient and equitable societies. In the short term, the programme aims at improving research and teaching capacity as well as access to good quality services in HEIs in the countries participating in the programme. The direct beneficiaries of the HEI ICI programme are staff and students in the participating southern HEIs. Finnish HEIs and their partners are jointly able to apply for funding in a variety a capacity building areas, including development of curricula, teaching methods, research capabilities, peer learning, and strengthening the societal roles of HEIs. This purpose will be achieved through HEI projects focusing on institutional cooperation in the selected results areas. The HEI ICI programme supports projects for a maximum of 3 years and is to be implemented during the 2017 – 2019 period. Since 2010, the HEI ICI programme has funded 43 projects between institutions in Finland and in developing countries aimed at supporting Finland’s development policy and cooperation objectives, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and human rights progressive approaches. Additional information regarding HEI ICI, it’s objectives and project requirements can be found in the latest Programme Document