Testimonials

Putting people together: managing wetlands in Morocco

Putting people together: managing wetlands in Morocco

Mediterranean temporary wetlands are an often overlooked and threatened type of ecosystem that house a unique biodiversity and perform important functions in the landscape. There is therefore an urgent need to study and conserve these habitats, also in the Maghreb.

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Improving development services through synergy with territorial dynamics in rural Nicaragua

Improving development services through synergy with territorial dynamics in rural Nicaragua

A finalized TEAM project with the the Instituto Nitlapan of Universidad Centro Americana (UCA) has worked on strengthening knowledge and teaching about methods and approaches to promote inclusive and sustainable rural development.

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Organic agriculture in Indonesia

Organic agriculture in Indonesia

Two finalized TEAM-projects in Indonesia worked on sustainable nitrogen fertilizer use and on organic agriculture, in order to improve sustainability of food production and increase food security.

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Does deforestation deteriorate water quality in Indonesia?

Does deforestation deteriorate water quality in Indonesia?

A finalized SI-project looked into the impact of deforestation on water quality by measuring sediment loads in rivers.

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Improving health care in Nicaragua and the region

Improving health care in Nicaragua and the region

Three finalized VLIR-UOS projects worked on improving health care in Nicaragua and the region.

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International cooperation in twelve stories

International cooperation in twelve stories

In the VLIR-UOS Annual Report 2015 researchers and students share their story about international cooperation projects.

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‘It has enriched me hugely, not only academically but personally too’

‘It has enriched me hugely, not only academically but personally too’

Rose Baudoncq went to Uganda to study the effects of trauma and orphanhood among young Ugandans.

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Strengthening higher education in DR Congo

Strengthening higher education in DR Congo

Flemish and Congolese partners work together to boost the quality standard of Congo’s universities in the VLIR-UOS Quality Assurance programme.

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‘Tree against hunger’: can Enset fight malnutrition in Ethiopia?

‘Tree against hunger’: can Enset fight malnutrition in Ethiopia?

The Arba Minch University and the KU Leuven join forces to improve the sustainablitiy of Enset farming systems in Ethiopia.

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Research: how do you get it out there?

Research: how do you get it out there?

A handbook for researchers helping them communicate more and better about their research, including practical tips and inspiring cases.

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Purifying water by the coffee filter method

Purifying water by the coffee filter method

Engineer Bart Van der Bruggen designed a sustainable water purification system with South African partners and the participation of the local community.

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Hypertension in Uganda

Hypertension in Uganda

One in five Ugandan adults suffer from high blood pressure. However, health centers do not dispose of sufficient means to diagnose or treat patients.

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When will we drink our last cup of coffee?

When will we drink our last cup of coffee?

Science published a letter on small-scale coffee production in Ethiopia. The intensification of coffee agriculture endangers the coffee production worldwide.

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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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Heritage protection in Cuba

Heritage protection in Cuba

Multidisciplinary research team brings history back to life. 'Paintings and books are rotting away and many buildings are falling into decay.'

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AIDS in South Africa: simulating the impact of early HIV treatment

AIDS in South Africa: simulating the impact of early HIV treatment

Research on sexual behaviour in Cape Town provides useful data for policy makers to reduce the number of new HIV infections.

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‘You convinced me’

‘You convinced me’

Does the university cooperation with Ethiopia make a difference? Professors, researchers and ministers from Ethiopia and Belgium share their experiences.

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195 students start Flemish Master programme

195 students start Flemish Master programme

Who are the new students, where do they come from and what do they do at the Flemish universities?

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Closing digital divide in Peruvian Andes

Closing digital divide in Peruvian Andes

Two isolated primary schools have received refurbished laptops and technical support as part of the cooperation with the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina.

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Ghent University awards Ethiopian Kora Tushune

Ghent University awards Ethiopian Kora Tushune

Kora Tushune of Jimma University received the medal of honor for his dedication to the institutional cooperation project.

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‘We have done something extraordinary’

‘We have done something extraordinary’

Ten years of cooperation between Flemish universities and the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. Its impact? Watch the video and read the book.

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VLIR-UOS launches Uganda Platforms

VLIR-UOS launches Uganda Platforms

8 Ugandan and 4 Flemish universities and 3 university colleges will carry out research during the coming years on Governance and Insecurity.

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On the trail of a solution to nodding syndrome

On the trail of a solution to nodding syndrome

15.000 children and adolescents in Uganda, Tanzania and South Sudan are suffering from nodding syndrome. Professor Robert Colebunders has now discovered that the black fly might be the culprit.

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Video: The Kivu Underground

Video: The Kivu Underground

Opportunities and threats of artisanal mining in DR Congo. The Catholic University of Bukavu and the University of Antwerp carry out scientific research on the opportunities of mining for the Kivu region in DR Congo.

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Biodiversity and higher education: catalysts for development in Ecuador

Biodiversity and higher education: catalysts for development in Ecuador

VLIR-UOS receives an acknowledgement for its support to the development of ESPOL in Ecuador and the creation of a national network on biodiversity.

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VIDEO: Psychotherapy for war-affected families in Uganda

VIDEO: Psychotherapy for war-affected families in Uganda

Ugandan and Flemish researchers develop a training curriculum in psychotherapeutic counseling. Watch the video.

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Billionaires Gates and Slim seek out Flemish agricultural engineer

Billionaires Gates and Slim seek out Flemish agricultural engineer

Gates and Slim want to invest to improve maize and wheat varieties, using the techniques Bram Govaerts has developed for conservation agriculture.

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Universities in Ecuador and Flanders unite on biodiversity

Universities in Ecuador and Flanders unite on biodiversity

The country strategy with Ecuador has already led to structural cooperation between the Ecuadorian universities, which is a first.

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The Power of Stories brings the oral history of the Batho township to life

The Power of Stories brings the oral history of the Batho township to life

The aim of the project is to contribute to the identity formation of the inhabitants of the Batho township in South Africa.

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Giving a voice to Bolivian street children and their mothers: 'We want to be heard!'

Giving a voice to Bolivian street children and their mothers: 'We want to be heard!'

Research project on the impact of socio-economical risk factors for children, adolescents and their families in urbanized Bolivian communities.

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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.

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'We used American examples in our teaching, but now we use our own research results'

'We used American examples in our teaching, but now we use our own research results'

Ethiopia is one of the most important VLIR-UOS partner countries. VLIR-UOS is working out a country strategy for Ethiopia.

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When Google cannot provide the answer

When Google cannot provide the answer

Need to know how to deal with limited bandwidth, build robust network infrastructure and motivate trainers?

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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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International recognition for university cooperation for development trailblazer

International recognition for university cooperation for development trailblazer

In 2012 professor Paul Janssen was given the Rob Kempton Award in recognition of his contribution to disseminating biometry in developing countries.

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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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Renowned earth scientist praises student for research into the Tana Basin

Renowned earth scientist praises student for research into the Tana Basin

Student Ludwin Poppe went to Ethiopia to conduct research on the Tana Basin. His article was published in the international Journal of Maps.

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Flemish professor surprises Ugandan colleague with prize of € 800.000

Flemish professor surprises Ugandan colleague with prize of € 800.000

Alex Coutinho of the Ugandan Infectious Diseases Institute is to receive a prize from the Japanese government for his research on HIV/AIDS.

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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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Minister Labille presents ICT prize in DR Congo

Minister Labille presents ICT prize in DR Congo

During his visit, the Belgian Minister of Development Cooperation presented a prize to 13 winners of an ICT competition, as part of the university cooperation between Belgian and Congolese universities.

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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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The ingredients for changing the world are in Ethiopia’s Rift Valley

The ingredients for changing the world are in Ethiopia’s Rift Valley

The project 'Land and Water Research for Sustainable Livelihood in the South Ethiopian Rift Valley' seeks sustainable solutions to the conflict about the use and management of the Rift Valley's natural resources.

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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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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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Efficient water purification saves statistician from drowning

Efficient water purification saves statistician from drowning

In his PhD research project Arnoud Cuppens states that many water purification systems function poorly because the designers base their calculations on an average inflow of waste water.

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Media and learning: an exciting mix

Media and learning: an exciting mix

Testimonials from alumni of the 'Audio Visual Learning Materials - Management, Production and Activities' (AVLM) course at KU Leuven.

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Former Kenyan scholar wins EMRC-Rabobank Project Incubator Award 2011

Former Kenyan scholar wins EMRC-Rabobank Project Incubator Award 2011

Everlyne Cherobon received a cash prize for her small holder farmer project in Kenya.

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‘I have got to know myself better as a person and as a future doctor’

‘I have got to know myself better as a person and as a future doctor’

Marieke Huys travelled to India in 2011. ‘This trip was a revelation for me in so many ways.'

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