The Philippines has regained its place among the 20 VLIR-UOS partner countries since June 2016 because of a returning interest for academic cooperation with the country. In the past thirteen years, VLIR-UOS financed 10 projects (TEAM, SI, RIP and crosscutting) and an Institutional University Cooperation Programme with two universities in the Philippines up to a total budget of 4.542.447 EUR. VLIR-UOS has had an Institutional University Cooperation Programme with Saint Louis University and Benguet State University (SLU/BSU). New interventions will be selected during the 2017-2021 period after elaborating a country strategy that will be the basis -reference framework- for new project calls. 


The Philippines is also one of the 31 scholarship countries of VLIR-UOS. Nationals can apply for a scholarship to follow a training or Master programme at a Flemish university or university college.

Facts and figures


Total budget the Philippines 2003-2016 (in €)



Individual scholars





The country strategy process

The country strategy identification process for the Philippines started in October 2016. A desk study, whereby all activities of Flemish academics in the Philippines are be mapped out, resulted in a Philippine Fact Sheet. This fact sheet tends to provide an overall overview on the socio-political situation of the country with particular attention for the higher education institutes and the main development aid actors.


On 30 November 2016, VLIR-UOS shared experiences of Flemish academic and Belgian stakeholders in (university) cooperation with the Philippines and mapped their interest in cooperation in a number of key development themes for the country during a North Seminar. This will form the basis for a country strategy as a strategic niche between development needs/higher education needs and the offer (expertise/interest) of academics of Flemish universities and institutes for higher education. The presentations are available here.


A new element in the country strategy identification exercise is the explicit link which is made with the process of joint strategic frameworks developed by Belgian non state actors. The goal of this exercise is to strive for more synergy and complementary between Belgian actors in a specific country. As such, this brings in a new element in the strategic niche for cooperation: demand, offer and synergies/complementarities. 


The outcome of the consultation seminar will form the basis for the elaboration of a policy document for cooperation with the Philippines. The final country strategy document for cooperation with the Philippines is to be finalised at the latest by February 2017.

Background documents

VLIR-UOS compiled documents are work in progress, and your feedback in terms of their completion and/or improvement is much appreciated.


  • The Philippines Fact Sheet is a draft summary on the general status of the country with specific attention for the development aid actors as well as the sector of higher education.
  • Joint Context Analysis (JCA) of the Philippines. This document aims at an analysis of the context in Rwanda and of the opportunities to collaborate for the non-governmental actors of the Belgian Development Cooperation from 2017 until 2026. It should primarily be seen as an opportunity to identify possible ways of cooperation, complementarity and synergy.
  • Joint Strategic Framework (JSF) of the Philippines. This document presents different joint strategic goals which the non-governmental actors have put forward, based on the JCA Philippines. Each goal is specified into different approaches, which reflects the contributions of different actors to the joint strategic goal. An elaboration on the development relevance of every goal is also included. The last chapter elaborates commitments for synergy and complementarity between Belgian actors, related to the presented goals and approaches. Special attention is given to the transversal themes gender and environment.


Inge Vandevyvere

Programme Officer South

[t] 32 2 550 19 67



Ongoing projects

Overview of ongoing projects


From waste to design lamp in the Philippines

From waste to design lamp in the Philippines

In 2012 HOWEST Industrial Design Center student Sep Verboom spent time in the Philippines. His aim was to give a second life to local waste and create jobs.

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Final evaluation of the cooperation with Saint Louis University (SLU) and Benguet State University (BSU), Philippines (April 2010)

Final evaluation of the cooperation with Saint Louis University (SLU) and Benguet State University (BSU), Philippines (April 2010)