Institutional cooperation with Mountains of the Moon University (MMU), Uganda

Flemish programme coordinator: Xavier Gellynck (Ghent University)

Local programme coordinators: Edmond Kagambe and Manoj Kumar Dora

Operational coordination: Helke Baeyens (ICOS Ghent University) and Andrew Mugenyi


Phase 1 started on 1 April 2013.

1. Community engagement for development

Flemish project leader: Bart Van der Bruggen (KU Leuven)

Local project leader: David Magumba


2. Transversal institutional strengthening

Flemish project leader: Zhu Chang (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

Local project leader: Moses Muhumuza

About the partnership

Mountains of the Moon University (MMU) is a relatively new university (established in 2005) situated in the western region of Uganda. This unique university is founded and governed by the local community, working for and accountable to the community. MMU is continuously striving hard to match the expectations of the local community. Unfortunately, the lack of capacity of MMU with respect to education and training, research, infrastructure and institutional management hinders the growth of the institution.

The IUC partner program has been developed to overcome these challenges. The first phase of the IUC partner program is focusing on two projects: 1. Action research and community engagement for development,  and 2. Transversal institutional strengthening. The first project is focusing on action research to be carried out by faculty members and students in topics of high socio-economic relevance for the local community, and on extension of the outcomes to the outreach centers.  The second project is focusing on institutional strengthening with respect to ICT, library, laboratory, community education, staff development, administration etc. The two projects complement each other towards a common goal i.e., to enhance the capacity of Mountains of the Moon University (MMU) to use community based training and research approaches in improving agricultural productivity, with a focus on the dairy and the aquaculture sector.


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