Sharing Minds, Changing Lives

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Category: About - IUC
Published on 07 June 2012

With the motto 'Sharing minds, Changing lives' VLIR-UOS captures the fact that building the capacity of academic institutions will enable societies to independently find solutions for local development problems. In this manner, the IUC programme comprises both (short and medium term) academic objectives, and (long) term developmental objectives. This concept is summarised in a simple figure.

VLIR-UOS applies the logical framework approach (LFA). In the IUC programme, this approach calls for the articulation of academic objectives (changes at the level of the partner university) and developmental objectives (changes at the level of the society).

Both originate from academic cooperation, bringing together experise and experience from two different settings thus 'Sharing minds'. This 'mind sharing' translates in the following effects:

Obviously, there may be a time-lag between both. Naturally, capacity needs to be created prior to actual research findings becoming available. Given its long term nature and depending on the base line situation, the IUC programme may, in particular during its second phase, generate the knowledge that addresses societal needs.

The figures underneath illustrates this two fold approach. Furthermore, the red arrows illustrate the following:

At some point on the developmental side, the responsibility of the academic institutons end in order to be taken up by other stakeholders (the dotted line). Put differently, in order to arrive at a 'Changing of lives' other stakeholders must take up their respective roles. Henceforth, the importance of stakeholder analysis and involvment at the stage of programme design and formulation.

In summary, if interventions supported by VLIR-UOS wish to impact on society, they must be planned in consultation with stakeholders that are able and willing to act upon the information and knowledge provided by the academic community.

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