Geospatial and ICT capacities in Tanzanian Higher Education Institutions (Geo-ICT)

This project is about improving the quality of higher education and research environment in geospatial and ICT capacities, and strengthening the role and relevance of these sectors in the development of the society in Tanzania. 


The project is a collaboration between University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), Ardhi University (ARU), State University of Zanzibar (SUZA), Sokoine University of Argiculture (SUA) and University of Turku (UTU). The funding is from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland through HEI-ICI programme.


Geospatial and ICT expertise is in high demand in the rapidly developing Global South and countries of the Sub-Saharan Africa have desirable new markets for high technology geospatial solutions. Tanzania is one of these countries and the Tanzanian Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are in need of  partnerships to build their geospatial and ICT expertise and innovation development. The Geo-ICT project aims to improve the quality and societal relevance of geospatial and ICT research and education in the four Tanzanian HEIs.

At the end of the project we aim to have:

  1. Competent teaching and research staff with up-to-date geospatial and ICT skills, capable of tackling socio-ecological challenges in Tanzania
  2. Improved teaching contents and methods as well as effectively used GIS/ICT research facilities
  3. Increased synergies and interdependence among partner universities, their stakeholders and societal uses of their skills and resources
  4. Diverse collaboration by the HEIs with the public, private and civil society actors: catalyzing GIS/ICT business ecosystem development and providing skilled graduates for the private sector.


The duration of the project is from March 2017 to March 2020 (3 years).

About the HEI-ICI Instrument

The Higher Education Institutions Institutional Cooperation Instrument (HEI-ICI) supports cooperation projects between higher education institutions in Finland and the developing world. The projects support the HEIs as they develop their subject-specific, methodological, educational and administrative capacity. The programme is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and administered by the Finnish National Agency for Education.