UTU Tanzania Team

University of Turku with Africa

The University of Turku aims to be at the forefront of academic collaborations and innovations with Africa. Through long-term strategic partnerships and mutual development of expertise, we strive to strengthen our scientific and societal interaction with the African academic community and other stakeholders of the continent.

Cooperation in Africa

University of Turku and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

In spring 2019, the University of Turku and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding for advancing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 9 on creating a sustainable industry, innovations, and infrastructures. The collaboration aims to promote the development of research, science, teaching, innovations and decision-making in Africa. Special attention is paid to Africa's innovation systems, activities in higher education institutions, institutional and academic entrepreneurship, sustainable development and expertise in new technologies. The aim is also to enhance the mobility of experts between Finland and Africa.

More information on the partnership can be found here.

Finland-Africa Platform for Innovation (SDG 9)

Finland-Africa Platform for Innovation (SDG 9) is a network advancing multidisciplinary, innovative collaboration between higher education institutions and other actors in Finland and in Africa. FAPI supports UTU’s an active role in cooperation with different actors in the Global South and Africa. The aim of the network is to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 9 in Africa by promoting innovations together with African partners. University of Turku coordinates the network. 

Examples of FAPI projects: 

  • Southern African Alliance (SAA)
  • Sustainable Engineering thematic module
  • UTU Geospatial Data and Digital Technology Hub for transformative innovations in the global South
  • Online HealthEdu UTU-Africa (AFFEN project)
  • Co-innovation of an Affordable and Effective Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training Solution for Africa (Maendeleo project)

For more information, visit the Finland-Africa Platform for Innovation website.

Tanzania Resilience Academy

Resilience Academy is a partnership between four academic institutions in Tanzania: Ardhi University, University of Dar es Salaam, Sokoine University of Agriculture  and State University of Zanzibar with the University of Turku. It is an initiative of the Tanzania Urban Resilience Program , a partnership between the Government of Tanzania, the World Bank, and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. The objective of The Resilience Academy is to equip young people with the tools, knowledge, and skills to address the world’s most pressing urban challenges and ensure resilient urban development. For more detailed information, visit The Resilience Academy website.

GeoICT4e, Tanzania

GeoICT4e is founded on the cooperation between University of Turku, Ardhi University, University of Dar es Salaam, Sokoine University of Agriculture, State University of Zanzibar, Moshi Co-operative University, Turku Unversity of Applied Sciences and Novia University of Applied Sciences. The project focuses on improving management and teaching capacities of Tanzanian higher education institutions in socially innovative geospatial and ICT education. The aim is to improve both staff competence and students' learning opportunities, as well as to create an open and wide access to e-learning assets for the students and beyond.

For more detailed information, visit the GeoICT4e website.

UTU Tanzania Team Research and Education Cooperation

The Unversity of Turku has been working in Tanzania since 2003 with both Tanzanian and international partners. Our research topics in Tanzania are broadly related to the analysis of human-nature dynamics with landscape and geospatial approaches and GIS/ICT technologies, education and business. For more information, visit UTU Tanzania Team website.

UTU@Windhoek: Future Tech Lab in Namibia

The Namibia Campus hosts a wide range of research activities along with University of Turku's Future Tech Lab which provides the remote presence link back to Finland. Future Tech Lab is an international community of people in multiple roles, from diverse backgrounds with different expertise.The Lab is a home for study programs at different levels and it hosts a number of research, development and innovation projects with international partners. For more information, visit Future Tech Lab in Namibia website.

Southern African – Nordic Centre (SANORD)

Launched in 2006, Southern African – Nordic Centre (SANORD) is committed to advancing strategic, multilateral academic collaboration between institutions in the Southern African and Nordic regions in order to address new local and global challenges of innovation and development. ​The University of Turku is one of the founding members of SANORD. For more information, visit SANORD website

Global South Network

The Global South Network brings together the various experts of the University of Turku who focus on issues concerning Global South. The purpose is to create opportunities to embark on joint, interdisciplinary research projects as well as to promote existing research. For more information, visit the UTU Global South Network website.

Revisiting Finnish-Namibian Relations since the 1860s

The project Revisiting Finnish-Namibian Relations since the 1860s is part of a collaboration connected to the strategic partnership between the University of Turku and the University of Namibia. It brings together Finnish and Namibian historians and other scholars to analyse historical and modern connections between the two countries. For more information visit the project's website


Finnish University Partnerships for International Development (UniPID) is a network of Finnish universities where the University of Turku is actively involved. The network supports its members' global responsibility actions and strengthen their response to global challenges. UniPID offers a variety of support services for the interdisciplinary studies, research and societal impact of universities related to global development.

The proposed Advisory Group contact from the University of Turku is currently serving in the UNIPID Board 2021–23 as a Vice-Chair (Prof. Niina Käyhkö UTU).

>>More information can be found on UniPID website 

Coimbra Group of European Universities

Coimbra Group of European Universities, founded in 1985  is committed to creating special academic and cultural ties in order to promote, for the benefit of its members, internationalisation, academic collaboration, excellence in learning and research, and service to society. It is also the purpose of the Group to influence European educational and research policy and to develop best practice through mutual exchange of experience. The University of Turku is actively involved also in its working groups eg. Latin America and Global Partnerships. The work is based eg. on the issues of capacity building and improvements of institutional capacities also with Sub-Saharan partners. 

>>Please see more information on Coimbra Group's website   

TETFund– Tertiary Education Trust Fund

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund  (TETFund) was  originally established as Education Trust Fund (ETF) by the Act No 7 of 1993 as amended by Act No 40 of 1998 (now repealed and replaced with Tertiary Education Trust Fund  Act 2011). It is an intervention agency set up to provide supplementary support to all level of public tertiary institutions with the main objective of using funding alongside project management for the rehabilitation, restoration and consolidation of Tertiary Education in Nigeria.

>> More information on the website

CONSAMS Consortium of New Sub-Sahara African Medical Schools

CONSAMS - The “Consortium of New Sub-Sahara African Medical Schools” - was founded in 2011 under the original name of the “Consortium of New Southern African Medical Schools.” At an ensuing Annual General Meeting, it was decided to expand the organization to include members across the African continent and beyond southern Africa - hence the name change from “Southern African” to Sub-Sahara African.

Today CONSAMS is rapidly expanding across Africa to include new medical schools that are within about 10-15 years of graduating their first class of medical students.

>>Read more on CONSAMS website

The African Forum for Research and Education in Health (AFREhealth)

The African Forum for Research and Education in Health (AFREhealth) is an interdisciplinary health professional grouping that seeks to work with Ministries of Health, training institutions and other stakeholders to improve the quality of health care in Africa through research, education and capacity building. It is a conglomerate of individuals, institutions, associations and networks from all the geographic and linguistic regions of Africa namely Anglophone, Francophone, Lusophone and Arabophone. Membership is open to African and external stakeholders committed to an Africa with strong, self-sustaining and robust health systems.

It was launched by the joint leadership of MEPI (Medical Education Partnership Initiative) and NEPI (Nursing Education Partnership Initiative) during the MEPI/NEPI Symposium in Nairobi on 2nd August 2016 through the adoption of the Nairobi Resolution on AFREhealth.

>>Read more on AFREhealth website

Pedagogies of Biodiversity and Environmental Sustainability

PEBES is a partnership among the University of Turku (FIN), Humak University of Applied Sciences (FIN) and Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources. It offers students of these universities a dive into transdisciplinarity and additional courses under the theme of biodiversity, education and environmental sustainability.

You can get involved by enrolling to online courses made available by the Partnership (see “Online courses”). You can also apply to be part of a transdisciplinary, transnational student group which will have a one-week mobility in one of the target countries: BotswanaF or (see “Student mobilities”. The travel costs of the mobilities will be covered by the PEBES project.

Finland Futures Research Centre

Finland Futures Research Centre works for enabling alternative, more sustainable futures. Our research, education, and development projects are interdisciplinary and international. Sustainable energy systems, climate change mitigation and adaptation, resource efficiency and sustainable and just bioeconomy are some of our key topics.

You can read more about the topic's on Centre's website