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SAFINET Southern African and Finnish Higher Education Institutions' Network for Health and Well-Being

SAFINET is a network that joins the forces of Finnish higher education institutions operating in the field of health and well-being to conduct high-impact and goal-oriented collaboration with Southern African higher education institutions, research institutions and other stakeholders.

SAFINET comprises 9 Finnish universities and 15 Finnish universities of applied sciences. In total, there are 13 universities and 22 universities of applied sciences in Finland, so our network covers a wide range of Finnish higher education institutions. A central collaboration partner for the network is the Southern-Nordic Centre SANORD.

The SAFINET network is coordinated by Tampere University. SAFINET is contributing to the implementation of Finland’s Africa Strategy and advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

One of the new areas emerging from fundamental research at Tampere University is the future of well-being. We explore novel solutions for improving health and well-being, guided by an in-depth understanding of changes in the societal landscape. Therefore, the natural focus SDG of SAFINET is number 3: Good health and well-being.

Aims and activities

The aims of the network:

  • capacity development in the fields of health and well-being in co-ownership with Southern African higher education institutions research institutes and other stakeholders
  • increased understanding of issues related to health and well-being in Southern Africa.

Principles in collaboration:

  • committed, long-term collaboration in co-ownership, focus on results
  • multidisciplinary, problem-based collaboration supporting sustainable development
  • collaboration enabling transsectoral collaboration between higher education, industry, public sector organisations and NGOs.

Thematic areas

  • Arts, Culture and Well-Being
  • Digitalization, Innovations and Health Services
  • Food Systems and Living Environment
  • Inclusion, Equality and Sustainable Well-Being
  • Public and Mental Health and Life Course

Contact us

If you have any questions or would like to have more information on what SAFINET can offer you, you can reach us at safinet-tau [at]

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Southern African and Finnish Higher Education Institutions' Network for Health and Well-Being SAFINET was established in late 2020. It is one of the large-scale, thematic networks supported by the Ministry for Education and Culture of Finland under its Global Internationalisation Programme 2021–2024.

In addition to SAFINET, there are three global internationalisation programme networks that are working with Africa to facilitate joint research, education and innovation collaboration between Finnish higher education institutions and African partners:

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