The project aims to establish a platform for interdisciplinary collaborative arts projects that bring together artists and art professionals in Finland, Tanzania, and Mozambique.


Initiated by the Finnish ministry for education and culture, the focus of the EDUCase network is the development and dissemination of equal peer-to-peer partnership practices and education methods. The collaborative case work is expected to contribute to mutual learning with partner country participants and institutions, and to generate expertise that is conducive to longer-term academic activity.

The EDUCase project at the University of the Arts Helsinki aims to establish a platform for interdisciplinary collaborative arts projects that bring together actors, theatre makers, dancers, visual artists, musicians, arts managers, and researchers in Finland, Tanzania, and Mozambique.

Core activities

  • 1 intensive collaborative project in Tanzania and Mozambique
  • 1 intensive collaborative project in Finland
  • During the practical projects, participants exchange ideas and practices, collectively develop new knowledge, and create new artistic work through intercultural dialogue and collaboration in Tanzania, Mozambique, Finland and Online
  • Partners also collectively develop approaches to community engagement work in Tanzania, Mozambique, and Finland, in settings such as schools, youth groups, refugees, immigrant communities, etc.
  • Co-written Articles and Publications emerging from the practical work
  • Building a website with documentation, online resources, and teaching materials
  • Students field trips (Africa-Finland, Finland-Africa). This will be offered as a joint studies course with study credits and open to all UniArts students.
  • Online Symposiums
  • Study opportunities in Finland for African students (short and longer term)
  • Creating sustainable connections with local African communities and artists in Finland

Core EDUCase local activities

  1. The development of a new Uniarts Helsinki wide course focused on interdisciplinary African perspectives on art. Led by local African artists and special guests from the African diaspora in Finland.
  2. Community engagement projects with African communities in Finland in collaboration with local African artists. Also connected to students’ recruitment channels for African artists.
  3. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses with African artists. Capacity building for future teachers from the African diaspora.

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Ministery of Education and Culture (Finland)


Uniarts Helsinki working group: Nathan Riki Thomson (chair), Kasheshi Makena, Chico Matada, Tarja Pitkänen-Walter, Ville Sandqvist, Violeta Simjanovska, Alina Tolvanen (project coordination)


  • Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Finland
  • Tumaini University Makumira, Arusha, Tanzania
  • CAC (Cultural Arts Center), Makumira, Tanzania
  • Bagamoyo College of Arts (TaSUBa), Tanzania
  • Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique

Find out more

Read more about internationalisation programme and global networks on Ministry of Education and Culture’s website.