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

The network 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.

Background

Southern African and Finnish Higher Education Institutions' Network for Health and Well-Being SAFINET was established in late 2020. It is one of the global pilot networks created within the internationalisation programme introduced by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture in 2020. SAFINET comprises 9 Finnish universities and 15 Finnish universities of applied sciences.

A central collaboration partner for the network is the Southern African-Nordic Centre SANORD.

The network is coordinated by Tampere University.

Aims and activities

The network supports

  • achieving the United Nations Agenda 2030 sustainable development goal 3: Good health and well-being

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

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