Finalised IUC programmes

The following IUC programmes have been finalised: 


Institutional University Cooperation with UCC (2010-2014)

Phase I of the Institutional University Cooperation partnership with Université Catholique du Congo (UCC) started on1 April 2011. The programme focused on decentralisation and local development. Decentralisation was decided upon by the Congolese constitution in 2006 but the political process remains unaccomplished. The IUC programme, which was in line with the regional and institutional priorities, aimed to contribute to local development and improve the processes of decentralisation by strengthening the academic expertise on decentralisation and local development processes.


A second phase has not been granted, which means the cooperation was effectively ended in 2014. Only Ph.D. scholars who started their Ph.D. during phase I will still be financed by VLIR-UOS.


The Phase I Partner Programme with UCC was composed of the following synergetic projects:


  • Research training in the decentralisation process
  • Research training in governance and public services
  • Centre for studies and documentation in decentralization and local development

Institutional University Cooperation with MU (2002-2013)

Flemish coordinating university: KU Leuven

Flemish coordinator: Jozef Deckers

Local coordinator: Gebrehiwot Kindeya


Phase I of the Institutional University Cooperation partnership with Mekelle University (MU) started on 1 July 2003. Following a succesfull mid-term evalution, the partnership was granted a second phase (2008-2012). Mekelle University was established in 1997 and is located in Tigray, a semi-arid province some 700 km from Addis Abeba.


The Phase II Partner Programme with MU was composed of the following synergetic projects:


  • Cluster 1: ICT Related Institutional Development

1. ICT - Enhancement and optimization of ICT usage

2. Library - Upgrading of library services

  • Cluster 2: Collaborative Research

3. Cluster support service

4. More crop per drop - Enhanced crop production through improved irrigation water management and water-saving techniques

5. Socio-economy - Socio-economic research for sustainable rural livelihoods

6. Geo-hydrology - Hydrology for water resources management

7. Aquatic ecology - Ecological integrity and sustainable management of standing waters

8. Land degradation - Land degradation and rehabilitation at the scale of the Geba catchment

9. Farm technology - Appropriate farm technology for Vertisol management

Institutional University Cooperation with UCLV (2002-2013)

Flemish coordinating university: Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Flemish coordinator: Edilbert Van Driessche

Local coordinator: Angel Rubio


The IUC partnership with UCLV commenced on 1 August 2003. UCLV was established in 1948 and is located some 400 km West of Havana. From an institution initially offering Agricultural Sciences only, it is nowadays offering a full range of academic programmes. Apart from a good number of foreign students, the majority of its study body are registered as post-graduate students. UCLV is also spearheading the move to 'universialise higher education' through offering programmes to the wider public through off campus municiple based programme.


The Phase II Partner Programme (2008-2012) with UCLV was composed of the following synergetic projects:


  • Cluster 1: ICT Related Institutional Development

1. ICT Infrastructure

2. ICT in eduation

3. Information culture development

  • Cluster 2: Institutional Policy and Management Capacity Development

4. Capacity building for communication in English for academic purposes in international collaboration

  • Cluster 3: Collaborative Training and Research

5. Improving the quality of graduate and postgraduate education and research programmes in plant and animal sciences

6. Strengthening undergraduate and graduate education in pharmaceutical sciences

7. Environmental education and development of clean technologies

8. Strengthening research and postgraduate education in computer sciences

Institutional University Cooperation with UWC (2002-2013)

Flemish coordinating university: Ghent University

Flemish coordinator: Stefaan Slembrouck

Local coordinator: Larry Pokpas


The University of the Western Cape is a national university committed to excellence in teaching, learning and research and to nurturing the cultural diversity of South Africa. Its IUC programme, 'Dynamics of Building a Better Society (DBBS)', managed to further develop a process of training a new and dynamic generation for the new South Africa, a society in the midst of complex processes of nation-building. Read more about the results of the IUC programme here.


The Phase II Partner Programme (2008-2012) with UWC was composed of the following synergetic projects:


  • Cluster 1: Collaborative Research

1. Citizenship and democracy

2. Sports sciences for development

3. HIV prevention and care

4. Water for ecological sustainability

5. Multilingualism and cities in transition

  • Cluster 2: Institutional Development

6. Student quality of life

Institutional University Cooperation with SLU/BSU (1999-2010)

Flemish coordinating university: KU Leuven

Flemish coordinator: Dirk De Waele

Local coordinator: Noel de Leon (SLU) and Darlyn Tagarino (BSU)


In 1999 VLIR-UOS initiated a IUC-partnership with the Network of Saint Louis University and Benguet State University (SLU/BSU). Both Universities, located on the main island of the Philippines, work on several synergetic projects.


These projects can be divided into four main clusters:


  • Cooperation

1. Strengthening of the SLU/BSU network

  • Institutional policy/management development

2. Institutional management and policy development, and IUC management

  • Infrastructure

3. ICT development

4. Library Development

  • Teaching, research and extension

5. Strengthening of the Institute of Social Research and Development (BSU)/Socio-economics, research, extension and teaching (SLU)

6. Establishment of the Semi-Temperate Vegetable Research and Development (BSU)/Health and environment (SLU)

Institutional University Cooperation with ESPOL (1998-2010)

Flemish coordinating university: Ghent University

Flemish coordinator: Magda Vinckx

Local coordinator: Sergio FLores


The IUC partnership with the Escuela Superior Politecnica Del Litoral (ESPOL) started in 1998. The ESPOL was established in 1958 in order to respond to the growing demand for technical and scientific education in the Ecuadorian coastal areas. Over the years, the university has grown steadily and now consists of six different campus sites with over 12.000 students.


The Phase II Partner Programme with ESPOL was composed of the following synergetic projects:


  • Enhancement of research capabilities
  • Education innovation in engineering through technology
  • Musa spp. biotechnology for a sustainable, environmental and social development of Ecuadorian agriculture
  • Environmental management systems in agriculture and aquaculture (EMSAA)
  • Management techniques for a sustainable shrimp aquaculture (MATESA)
  • Research on applications of non-metallic materials
  • Entrepreneurs development programme
  • Education and research capabilities development programme for software engineering, telecommunications and robotics


For more information about the university, please visit

Institutional University Cooperation with CTU (1998-2009)

Flemish coordinating university: Ghent University

Flemish coordinators: Patrick Sorgeloos (1998-2007) and Martin Valcke (2007-2009)

Local coordinator: former rector L.Q. Minh



The Partner Programme started in 1998 . The end of the PP earmarked budgeting with AP 2007, to be understood as 31 March 2008. Bridging Year activities focused towards sustainability and continuation of CTU in the VLIR-UOS network between 1 Apil 2008 and 31 March 2009.


Can Tho University (CTU) is a state university located in Can Tho City (5th largest city in VN) in the Mekong Delta in South Vietnam. It was founded in 1966.  Can Tho University is prominent in agriculture and biotechnology research. Research at CTU has been diversified and the IUC programme contributed in achieving this. Nowadays, research covers a variety of fields, including education, basic science, information technology, ecological environment protection, medicine, and economics. CTU is especially interested with applying scientific achievements to practical production in order to industrialize and modernize the Mekong Delta because this region is rich in productive land and agricultural resources. The university also retained and strengthened its position as the primary educational and technological centre in the Mekong Delta. Cantho University is a multidisciplinary university. In terms of extension and community services, Cantho University focuses on technology transfer in order to improve economic conditions of the region.


Programme objectives

With the results obtained over the past 15 years of VLIR-IUC cooperation, the education and research of CTU were continuously strengthened. The programme also aimed  at institutional development. Furthermore, the result of the cooperation influenced positively to the socio-economic situation in the Mekong delta through agricultural and aquacultural extension works and technology transfer in particular.


Phase2 (2003-2007): Projects

  • Project E1: Distance education programme: Improve educational quality for selected pilot groups
  • Project E2 Environmental and mechanic engineering: (1) Promote a high quality education and research centre; (2) Develop a centre of technique advisory in the field of environmental, post-harvest and food engineering in the Mekong delta
  • Project R1 Aquaculture: (1) iprovement of knowledge and pond production by Artemia farmers; (2) Continuing research and better comprehension of the environmental conditions for Artemia pond culture; (3) Improving crab larval rearing through microbial control
  • Project R2 Fruits: Increasing the income of the fruit growers in the Mekong delta
  • Project R3 Soil dynamics: Increasing the sustainability of rice-based farming systems in the Mekong delta

Institutional University Cooperation with HUST (1998-2009)

Flemish coordinating university: Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Flemish coordinator: Kris Steenhaut

Local coordinator:


The partner programme started in 1998. The Phase II  Programme had ended with the Activity Programme 2007. During 2008-2009 the Phase Out focused towards research and donor coordination and initiatives in view of the sustainability of the IUC results. A closing event was organised in October 2008.


Phase I (1998-2003): Modernization of lab infrastructure and capacity building

Lab infrastructure

  • 1998-2000: modernization of the basic labs of physics, chemistry and telecommunication
  • 2001-2003: investments in modern equipment for the labs of biomedical engineering, mechatronics and powder and composites

Capacity building

  • Start of 9 HUT PhDs in the fields of telecommunication, chemistry, physics and mechatronics at Flemish universities
  • Short term training of more than 30 technical staff members at Flemish labs
  • Exchanges of professors


Phase II (2004-2008)

  • Strengthening research culture and setting up a Research Council
  • Consolidation of VLIR--HUT PhDs.
  • VLIR-HUT Research Fund for innovative research: open calls for proposals
  • Institutional development supporting resaerch activities

Results of Phase II

  • Research Council is operation since 2004
  • HUT researchers are trained in writing and managing research projects
  • HUT staff is able to obtain external funding for research
  • Collaboration with local industry is improved (outreach)
  • Cooperation within and between HUT research groups is strengthened
  • Number of scientifice publications and papers 2004-2006: 85

Institutional University Cooperation with UoN (1998-2009)

The IUC partnership with the University of Nairobi commenced in 1998.


The UoN was established in 1956 as the second public university in Kenya, is situated in the capital of Kenya. Over the years, the university has grown from one faculty to the current 13 schools with over 15.000 students.


The IUC Partner Programme with UoN was constituted by the following synergetic projects:


  • Aquatic ecology for environmental management in Kenya
  • Reproductive Health/HIV
  • ICT support and digital library development
  • Open learning
  • Strengthening os research capacity in computer science


Early 2009, UoN organised its closing event. A new IUC-partnership was launched with MOI university, located in the highlands of Western Kenya.

Institutional University Cooperation with UNZI (1998-2009)

The IUC partnership with the University of Zimbabwe (UNZI) started in 1998. The UNZI was established in 1971.


The IUC Partner Programme with UNZI was constituted by the following synergetic projects:


  • Campus Wide Computer Network

1. E-applications

2. Training in computer science

3. Infrastructure

  • Agricultural meteorology
  • Aquatic ecology


Early 2009, UNZI organised a closing event. For more information on the universities, please consult the website

Institutional University Cooperation with UMSS (1996-2008)

Flemish coordinating university: KU Leuven

Flemish coordinator: Jan Feyen

Local coordinator: O. Arzabe Maure


UMSS is located in the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia. It has been grounded in 1832, on the basis of a Law School, which is now the Faculty of Juridical and Political Sciences. The Faculty of Medicine is the second oldest faculty at UMSS. The Faculty of Agronomy was started shortly thereafter. Subsequently the Faculties of Economical Sciences and Sociology, Architecture, Biochemistry and Pharmacy and Dentistry were created. The youngest Faculties are those of Humanities and Sciences and Technology.


Cooperation between UMSS and Flemish universities was already ongoing before the start of the IUC programme in 1997. Several Own Initiative (OI) projects existed between UMSS and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (prof. J. Berlamont and prof. F. Ollevier), Ghent University (prof. W. Impens) and the VUB (prof. L. Hens).


UMSS organized their Closing Event in July 2007. Main project domains during Phase II:


  • Strengthening the Center of Geotechnics
  • Water and Environmental Sanitation Center
  • Stengthening of the Center of Limnology and Aquatic Resources
  • Biodiversity and genetics
  • Planning and Management Center (CEPLAG)

Institutional University Cooperation with UNZA (1997-2008)

The VLIR-UNZA IUC Partnership Programme started in 1997. The ten-year partner programme started its operational phase in February 1998 (with the activity programme year 1997). The main objective of the cooperation programme was to improve the quality of education, research and management of the University (i.e. UNZA) and to target it to those sectors of industry that are of essential significance to Zambia's economic and social development. In particular, the programme aimed at improving internal as well as external means of communication, improving the quality and increasing the accessibility of distance education, increasing the institution's capacity to organise postgraduate training, contributing towards capacity building in newly emerging departments at the institution; and conducting scientific research in key-sectors of Zambia's developing society. In order to meet the above, the programme implemented several projects namely:- Computer Centre and Library, Distance Education, Computer Studies, Food Science & Technology, Veterinary Medicine, Geology and Soil Science and Inter-Disciplinary Research.


The Programme officially ended on 31 March 2006 and during 2007 and 2008 the Phase Out Programme took place.

Institutional University Cooperation with SUA (1997-2008)

Flemish coordinating university: University of Antwerp

Flemish coordinator: Luc D'Haese

Local coordinator: Peter Mtakwa


SUA was established in 1984 and has 4 campuses. The main Campus is located in Morogoro, a city in the southern highlands of Tanzania. The mission of the University in the field of research is to initiate and conduct basic and applied research in the fields of land use, crop and livestock production, fisheries, natural resources and allied sciences, mechanical arts and technology and to promote the integration of the research with training and agricultural extension services. The University's research motto is 'Management of natural resources for sustainable development and poverty alleviation'.


The first partner programme of SUA started the first of February 1998. This means the 10 years of cooperation between SUA and VLIR-UOS has come to an end and they moved into the Phase Out. SUA has organized their Closing Event in February 2008.


Main project domains during Phase II:

  • Strengthening of usage of information and communication technology at SUA (ICT)
  • Strengthening of the ICT and human resource development for Sokoine National Library (SNAL)
  • Capacity building in pest management: The ecology, biodiversity and taxonomy of rodents
  • Soil and water conservation in the Uluguru Mountains
  • Capacity building in training and research for the Faculty of Sciences (FoS)