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About The Philippines

Since 2003 VLIR-UOS, has spent over € 12 million in cooperation with the Philippines, including a long-term Institutional University Cooperation (IUC) programme with Benguet State and Saint Louis universities. After a few years without project opportunities, the Philippines returned  to the VLIR-UOS list of partner countries in 2016 because of its enormous potential for university cooperation.

The country programme 2017-2021 will be a kind of exploratory phase aiming at rebuilding expertise in the country.

Ongoing projects

Country Strategy

The Philippines Country Strategy fits with the national long-term vision 2040 and its aspiration for the country that Filipinos are smart and innovative. The following main themes are identified for all future interventions in the cooperation with the Philippines:

  • Health. Subthemes: infectious diseases, drug rehabilitation, community health (incl. remote areas).
  • Social development. Subthemes: Human trafficking, good governance and decentralisation, anthropology, cultural studies, ethics, social development & justice, interreligious dialogue & religion-based conflicts (link with critical thinking), migration, human rights, conflict dynamics, urban planning, entrepreneurship/small businesses in link with inclusive growth and economies.
  • Food security. Subthemes: Food safety, agriculture, aquaculture, link with water resources management and environment, smallholders farmers (cacao farmers, ..), bee-keeping, link with rural and inclusive economies.
  • Environment. Subthemes: Sustainable management of natural resources (incl. environmental impact of mining), climate change, disaster prevention and management (typhoons, early warning system), marine ecosystem, biodiversity. 

Research and education should stimulate processes of critical and scientific thinking. Therefore addressing cross-cutting support domains in terms of research strengthening and methodology (analytical thinking, problem-based, research-based) and improving educational quality (curricula, room for critical thought, ..) is important. Other subthemes mentioned:

  • multidisciplinary research
  • research dissemination
  • access to digital resources
  • sharing output
  • ICT (applications and infrastructure) for research
  • statistics
  • distance learning
  • MOOCs
  • libraries: e-sources & e-books
  • support for regional publications
  • career opportunities for young academics

The transversal and priority themes of the Belgian government (gender, environmental sustainability, digitalisation for development, human rights approach and private sector links) were also brought up and are taken into account within the clusters.  

Overview current partners



IUC and NETWORK evaluation reports

Evaluation reports and their management response of ongoing (mid-term) or finished (final) long-term Institutional University Cooperation (IUC) and NETWORK programmes

Country information


Important information on the Philippines, such as its Country Strategy, Joint Context Analysis (JCA), Joint Strategic Framework (JSF), and general Facts & Figures on VLIR-UOS activity in the Philippines.