Main features and guiding principles

The main features of the IUC Programme

  • Long term collaboration (12 years) geared towards institutional development
  • Financing and facilitating cooperation (Partnership)
  • Match between the priorities of the partner university and the interest and expertise offered by Flemish counterparts
  • Coherent set of interventions/synergetic projects guided by the strategic plan of the partner university
  • Building capacity:
      • Academic (MSc/PhD education; research, publishing...)
      • Internal service delivery (ICT, Library)
      • External service delivery (services to society)
      • Managerial capacity (planning, HRD, international relations etc.)


The Institutional University Cooperation programme fits very well with the objective of a Country Strategy of VLIR-UOS where the overall goal is to achieve an increased level of impact of university cooperation for development in a national context along thematic and possibly regional strategic priorities. Within its institutional-level cooperation, VLIR-UOS will continue to support a limited number of carefully selected partner universities located in VLIR-UOS partner countries through IUC programmes.

Some guiding principles

  • Spirit of partnership, dialogue and mutual respect;
  • Participation of high level academic leadership is crucial (decision making structures in the university)
  • Incorporation into local structures and systems (university, regional/national)
  • Development Relevance => focus on changing lives (university and society=> interaction with government, local development actors, society in general)
  • Content based on match between the priorities of the partner university and the interest and expertise offered by Flemish counterparts
  • Programme logic => grouping a coherent set of interventions/synergetic projects guided by the strategic plan of the partner university => interdisciplinary approach with focus on 1 or more expertise areas