Institutional University Cooperation

With the Institutional University Cooperation programme (IUC) VLIR-UOS facilitates a 12-year partnership between a university in the South and Flemish universities and university colleges. The programme supports the partner university in its triple function as provider of educational, research-related and societal services. It aims at empowering the local university as to better fulfil its role as development actor in society.

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An IUC partner programme represents a long-term commitment involving considerable team effort and partnership between Flemish universities and university colleges, and a university in one of the VLIR-UOS partner countries. This university is not to be seen as an isolated beneficiary, but as a key stakeholder in country-level university cooperation for development.

The IUC partner programme consists of a coherent set of projects around an over-arching theme and including a number of well-defined scientific focus areas contributing to national development priorities. 

Apart from research, education and service delivery, the programme supports the institutional strengthening of the partner university in university management and support areas as ICT, library management or financial management.

The programme content is demand initiated, on the basis of the VLIR-UOS country strategy priorities and the strategic plan of the partner university, and matched with the interests and expertise that can be offered by Flemish counterparts.

Read more about the main features and guiding principles of the IUC programme.

Current IUC partnerships

Overview of the current IUC partnerships per continent, and the finalised IUC programmes.

Programme cycle

VLIR-UOS engages in IUC partnerships covering in principle and on average 12 years (2 strategic programmes of 6 years). This period is characterised by different phases with varying roles and responsibilities for all stakeholders involved. Read more about the IUC programme cycle.

Implementation

The implementation of the agreed upon partner programme is delegated to a Flemish and local academic coordinator who have the responsibility to manage the implementation of the partner programme and the constituent activity programmes. Read more about the IUC management system and the parties involved.

Funding

IUC budgets will differentiate depending on country strategic considerations and context/institution specific recommendations. When launching a call, VLIR-UOS will indicate based on a policy decision the boundaries within which a particular institution needs to work, in order to come up with a proposal for cooperation.

IUC Crosscutting

In the framework of the IUC programme several initiatives additional to the partner programme have emerged. These initiatives are intended to add value to the partner programmes and further contribute to the overall attainment of the IUC programme objectives. In many cases funding is earmarked on a competitive basis.

Post IUC opportunities  are specifically open to those IUC partner universities that have successfully closed the earmarked partner programme funding and fall into the ex-post period. Read more about the IUC Crosscutting and Post IUC opportunities.

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Testimonials

The impact of international migration on the life of a community: the laboratory known as Ecuador

The impact of international migration on the life of a community: the laboratory known as Ecuador

Migration has profoundly changed Ecuadorian society over the past sixty years. German Calfat tells us about his project's challenges.

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Jimma University recognized as Ethiopia’s leading university

Jimma University recognized as Ethiopia’s leading university

For the third time Jimma University is ranked as the leading university of Ethiopia by the Ministry of Education.

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Ingesting worm eggs: an effective way to lose weight or a health risk?

Ingesting worm eggs: an effective way to lose weight or a health risk?

When Zeleke Mekonnen visited a school to collect stool samples for a study into worms, a teacher asked him a very unexpected question.

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Zebra fish help research into cancer and epilepsy

Zebra fish help research into cancer and epilepsy

Zebra fish are used for medical research in Suriname and Ecuador. The method is cheap and easy to apply.

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Turning natural resources into peace and prosperity: ‘This programme is highly innovative!’

Turning natural resources into peace and prosperity: ‘This programme is highly innovative!’

The partnership with Université Catholique de Bukavu aims to improve the well-being of the population in the South Kivu conflict zone.

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Flemish open source software finds its way to libraries and museums in Cuba

Flemish open source software finds its way to libraries and museums in Cuba

ABCD is a library computerisation system based on free open source software. The DOCBIBLAS project promotes the application of ABCD in various VLIR-UOS partner countries.

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Jorge Calderón: ‘This cooperation moved ESPOL in a different direction’

Jorge Calderón: ‘This cooperation moved ESPOL in a different direction’

Jorge Calderón receives a prize-medal at UGent for his effort in the partnership between ESPOL (Ecuador) and UGent.

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Universities contribute to better ecosystems and rural health in Vietnam

Universities contribute to better ecosystems and rural health in Vietnam

The institutional university cooperation between Hue University and five Flemish universities focuses on on livestock, aquaculture, crop production, ecosystems and rural health

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Student designs footbridge in Kenya with 'IKEA manual'

Student designs footbridge in Kenya with 'IKEA manual'

Belgian student wins award with design that comes to the rescue of Kenyans. He devised a solution for transformable footbridges in developing countries.

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'It is difficult, but if you are convinced, you can do it!'

'It is difficult, but if you are convinced, you can do it!'

Alemtsehay Tsegay is researcher at Mekelle University in Ethiopia. She has been the rising star of the Institutional University Cooperation programme. Starting as a young team member, she became local project leader of the ‘More crop per drop’ project.

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Publications

Mid-term evaluation of the ongoing cooperation with the Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique

Mid-term evaluation of the ongoing cooperation with the Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique

 

Mid-term evaluation of the ongoing cooperation with Jimma Univeristy, Ethiopia

Mid-term evaluation of the ongoing cooperation with Jimma Univeristy, Ethiopia

 

Mid-term evaluation of the ongoing cooperation with Moi University, Kenya

Mid-term evaluation of the ongoing cooperation with Moi University, Kenya

 

Mid-term evaluation of the IUC partner programme with Anton de Kom University of Suriname (AdeKUS)

Mid-term evaluation of the IUC partner programme with Anton de Kom University of Suriname (AdeKUS)

 

Mid-term evaluation UCuenca Ecuador

Mid-term evaluation of the ongoing cooperation with Universidad de Cuenca, Ecuador

 

 

IUC redesigning and repositioning

Redesigning and repositioning of the Institutional University Cooperation Programme in the framework of a country strategy approach

IUC Review, Policy Advisory Document

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