Forestry Education in Venezuela: Capacity Development in
University of the Andes

 a Higher Education Institutions Institutional Cooperation Instrument (HEI ICI) Project

Financed by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland


Administrated by the Organisation for International Mobility and Cooperation (CIMO)



The HEI ICI Programme provides a mechanism through which HEIs in Finland and in developing countries can cooperate in institutional capacity development projects. Capacity development and cooperation between Finnish and developing country HEIs are based on needs defined by the developing country HEIs, and built on the principles of mutual learning and partnership.
General Objective
The overall objective of the HEI ICI Programme is to support the development of sustainable institutional capacity in HEIs so that higher education and research can contribute to the development of society, build competencies consistent with national development goals, and contribute to the goals of inclusive sustainable development and reduction of poverty.
General Purpose
The purpose of the Programme is to strengthen developing country HEIs as developmentally responsive institutions by enhancing administrative, field-specific, methodological and pedagogical capacity. This purpose will be achieved through institutional cooperation between the HEIs in Finland and partner developing countries in selected result areas.

HEI-ICI in Venezuela

This project will reinforce the Finnish development objectives of evolving towards a more inclusive green economy and sustainability. Also in line with the objectives of Finnish development cooperation, our project will directly contribute to the achievement of some of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which are strongly supported by the Government of Venezuela. In case of environmental sustainability (MDG 7), this project will support the improvement in the competencies of future foresters, as well as the raised awareness on environmental issues among people. This will have an impact on a better management of forests and therefore a possible reduction of deforestation rates.