Higher Education Institutions responsible for SIMHE

SIMHE - Supporting Immigrants in Higher Education in Finland, offers guidance and counselling for migrants interested in academic studies and professions in Finland. Higher education institutions implementing SIMHE also run development activities and training targeted to migrant and refugee prospective students. In Jyväskylä, SIMHE services locate at university's admission services.

University of Jyväskylä co-operates with other Finnish higher education institutions responsible for developing models to facilitate migrant prospective students’ paths to academic studies and professions in Finland. Besides University of Jyväskylä SIMHE services are currently operated by University of Helsinki, University of Turku, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Karelia University of Applied Sciences and Oulu University of Applied Sciences. 

The SIMHE initiative was founded on the proposal by Ministry of Education and Culture in 2016 to establish nation-wide projects identifying the competences of highly educated migrants and guiding them to study and career paths. From early 2016, SIMHE was piloted by UniPID network in University of Jyväskylä and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. At the beginning of 2017 the functions broadened to four other higher education institutions. Funding to their actions is allocated on strategic basis from 2017 to 2020.  

SIMHE offers guidance and counselling for migrants who wish to know more about Finnish higher education and academic study options or are already progressing their applications to universities or universities of applied sciences. Along with guidance services and development activities such as digital and mobile applications SIMHE higher education institutions support counselees in recognizing their previous degrees and learning, organize study info events and offer training for prospective migrant students. 

SIMHE services offer guidance and counselling throughout Finnish higher education sector. Each SIMHE collaborates also with regional partners like employment offices and integration training organisers. The functions have been urged by increasing mobility and migration of highly educated persons. In particular, the number of asylum seekers to Finland in autumn 2015 encouraged concrete actions at higher education institutions to be directed for refugees.

More information

SIMHE services at higher education institutions

SIMHE pilot projects - publication by the Ministry of Education and Culture, 2017

Migrants in Higher Education - Fostering Cooperation at Universities seminar publication, UniPID, University of Jyväskylä, 2017

Supporting Immigrants in Higher Education in Finland: Summary of the SIMHE-UniPID pilot, UniPID, University of Jyväskylä 2017

The educational tracks and integration of asylum seekers - problematic areas and proposals for actions, Ministry of Education, 2017

Press release 02/2017, Ministry of Education and Culture

Press release 03/2017, University of Jyväskylä