Partnership Network between Ten Finnish Universities

The Finnish University Partnership for International Development (UniPID) is a partnership network between ten Finnish Universities[1]. UniPID was established in response to the Johannesburg Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002, where institutional partnerships for development were encouraged. Following this Summit, in December 2002, representatives from eleven Finnish universities assembled at the University of Jyväskylä and decided to include and promote international development as a part of their international strategies.

UniPID was thereafter created to provide the strategic coordination required to build ties and increase co-operation between Finnish universities in the field of international development cooperation. The UniPID collaboration supports Finnish universities in the promotion and implementation of sustainable development in higher education.UniPID fosters the exchange of knowledge between Finnish universities and universities in developing and transition countries. Through international partnerships, UniPID links Finnish universities to European and global policy debates and development networks. The network works to strengthen institutional partnerships between scholars and institutions in Finland and in the South.

The network builds university capacities through the sharing of scientific knowledge, cooperation on common interests, understanding of development impacts, gathering and dissemination of information, and supporting long-term exchange and cooperation. These activities are essential in accomplishing true sustainable development and equal-footing partnerships both in the North and the South.

UniPID in Numbers

  • Partnership of 10 Finnish universities
  • Established in 2002 by the Finnish Council of University Rectors and coordinated by the University of Jyväskylä since 2005
  • Operates on membership fees, with an annual budget of 120 000€.
  • Has annual call for 7500€ grants for the creation of new UniPID virtual courses
  • Offers annually 15-20 UniPID virtual courses
  • 400+ students participate yearly in UniPID virtual studies courses
  • Has an active mailing list with over 500 subscribers, and 11 informative newsletters per year

[1] Aalto University, Åbo Akademi University, Tampere University of Technology, University of Eastern Finland, University of Helsinki, University of Jyväskylä, University of Lapland, University of Oulu, University of Tampere, University of Turku