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Community Talk: 25 May 2022 at 11 am (CET)

Achievements and experience gained from a long term collaborative multidisciplinary research program between the Catholic University of Bukavu (UCB) and Flemish universities

In this community talk we will present the importance and the impact of a long term and multidisciplinary cooperation: the case of the Institutional University Cooperation (IUC) with the Université Catholique de Bukavu (UCB) in the Eastern part of the DR Congo.

Given the context in which the cooperation program started, i.e. after more than a decade of wars in the country, the choice was made to concentrate on the management of the post-conflict recovery process, with a focus on three key areas: Agriculture, Mining & Health.

Scientific research is needed to create new knowledge but also to generate data that inform decision-makers on choices they have to make to promote development. 

The collaboration between UCB and the Flemish universities started in 2010. A Closing event was organized in November 2021.

Via this link you can access to several video’s (French spoken) and presentations, used for the Closing event.


During this talk we will illustrate how this type of cooperation has been important for the region and for the UCB in particular.


  • Prof. Benoit Nemery de Bellevaux (Flemish coordinator, KU Leuven)
  • Prof. Wenceslas BUSANE Ruhana Mirindi (Local coordinator, UCB)
  • Prof. Wivine Munyahali (UCB)
  • Dr. Guy Mulinganya  (UCB)
  • Prof. Paul-Robain Namegabe (UCB)