The UniPID Mission for 2014-2019 has divided UniPID's activities under the pillars of education, research and societal impact. The network offers a variety of support services for interdisciplinary studies and research, as well as universities’ societal impact related to international sustainable development. UniPID also facilitates academic partnerships related to global challenges, and specifically with partners from the Global South. 

Education services

UniPID coordinates an online study programme in sustainable development, which strengthens and diversifies the English language curriculum and teaching capacities of its member universities. UniPID also aims to promote studies in development research and to support the advancement of recent immigrants’ access to higher education.

  • UniPID offers grants of 6 500 euros to member universities for the creation of online courses;
  • Offers 12-20 virtual courses per each academic year, with some 400 student participants;
  • Awards an annual Master’s Award in Development Studies, worth 1000 €;

Research support

Through UniPID, the researchers and institutions specialized in global challenges and development can find both Finnish and international partners for cooperation. UniPID advances Finnish researchers’ participation in international research consortia and supports the funding application processes. Through UniPID DocNet – the Finnish Development Research Doctoral Network, UniPID supports the multidisciplinary training and networking of doctoral candidates in the field of development research.

  • UniPID offers funding to support the preparation of research projects and networking activities;
  • Offers member universities grants of 2000 to 4000 € for the purposes of organizing events;
  • Funds and arranges seminars and workshops nationally and in partner countries to advance research cooperation;
  • UniPID’s research support is primarily implemented through externally funded projects: FinCEAL Plus, RINEA, LEAP-AGRI and PRE-LEAP-RE;
  • Additionally, UniPID DocNet offers complementary training, guidance, peer support opportunities and travel grants for doctoral candidates;

Societal Impact 

UniPID engages actively with policy makers, advocating for evidence-based policies and stressing the importance of higher education and research in facing global challenges. UniPID promotes and applies the expertise of its member universities by facilitating researchers’ input in development and higher education policy, national and international research agendas and funding priorities.

  • UniPID participates in national working groups and meetings with ministries, offering expertise related to higher education and research on development and global challenges;
  • Facilitates research community's participation in events and consultations related to policy design processes and organizes events to advance multi-actor cooperation;
  • UniPID shares information and facilitates contacts between member universities and potential international partner institutions;
  • UniPID strengthens communication between member universities and with other national and international stakeholders and global development networks.

Photo credit: Minx, 2009, on Flickr.