The University of Helsinki's new Africa program 2021-2030 takes our interaction with African partners to a new level. Through equal, long-standing and mutually beneficial partnerships we aim to intensify our collaboration and engagement in research, education and impact for a more sustainable and equal world.
We have diverse expertise and almost one hundred scholars working on Africa-related research on our campuses.
We are about to launch fascinating new initiatives in the near future. One of the is the Global Innovation Network for Teaching and Learning, which will involve several Finnish universities and universities of applied science, coordinated by the University of Helsinki. Another example is the One Health Early Career Champions Mentoring Program for doctoral students.
Read more about the program, our new initiatives and dive into the wide-ranging expertise present at the University!
The University of Helsinki (UH) is a community of research and learning based on courageous thought and dialogue with a mission to seek new knowledge and enable solutions. We believe that knowledge and learning are for everyone. Our ambition is to increase our global impact and build a more sustainable world together with our African partners.
The University of Helsinki has versatile research in Africa. We build on groundbreaking basic research, open-minded curiosity and cooperation that transcends boundaries to address the key challenges of our times: mitigating climate change, preserving biodiversity, using natural resources sustainably, safeguarding health and wellbeing, enhancing quality education and maintaining social cohesion.
Kenya is among top-5 countries in our research collaboration. Since 2011, we have a research station in Taita Hills, Kenya. The University of Nairobi is our most important Kenyan university partner with strong research co-operation in several fields. A strategic partnership will be kicked off with the University of Nairobi.
Currently, the University of Helsinki has around one hundred degree students from Africa (2019). Many more study as exchange students, at the Open University or in Helsinki Summer School. Our programs offer tuition on African languages, Global South, sustainability and tropical forestry, as examples.
The University has capacity building projects especially in Kenya.
The University's centre for continuing and transnational education HY+ is keen to develop its actions in Africa.
THE ONE HEALTH EARLY CAREER CHAMPIONS PROGRAMME supports the cultivation of talent and career advancement of early career researchers at the University of Helsinki and University of Nairobi, with a focus on mobility, mentoring and entrepreneurial skills. The program is open for doctoral students in all disciplines and faculties with a focus on One Health.
UH provides exciting exchange opportunities for students and staff. We have exchange agreements with several African universities (2020):
UH will cultivate its global responsibility and sustainable development by active engagement with key stakeholders. It will develop education collaboration and support the improvement of skills in developing countries.
The University of Helsinki has versatile and impactful collaboration with several Chinese universities in a range of fields.
Our collaboration dates back to the 1980s when the first Memorandum of Understanding with Peking University was signed. Now we are building new initiatives and strenthening our collaboration in research and education.
Our particularly strong collaboration areas include
Peking University is our strategic partner since 2015. Read more about our partnership with Peking University