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Institutional University Cooperation (IUC)

A 12-year partnership between a university in the South and universities and university colleges in Flanders.

Open call

Every 5 years

Target group

Universities in partner countries and Flemish universities and university colleges

Duration

2 x 5 years plus a two-year phaseout period

Budget

EUR 350 000 - EUR 570 000 per year

Need more information?

Contact the ICOS at the Flemish institution of your choice.

What is an IUC?

IUC programmes are long-term institutional partnerships between a university in the South and multiple universities and university colleges in Flanders. An IUC partner programme is subdivided into a number of synergetic/complementary projects (related to research, capacity building and extension), which consist of a number of interlinked activities to be realised in the framework of a five-year partner programme phase.

An IUC is more than the sum of its projects though: through programme level management, the total programme scale, interlinkages between the different projects, the support given by the programme support unit and the critical mass of capacity it creates, an IUC has the potential to empower the local university as a whole to better fulfil its role as a development actor in society.

What is the goal?

As a primary impact, an IUC envisions a contribution to development changes through the development results of the different projects. The second intended impact is twofold: contributing to an improved performance of the Higher Eduction Institution (HEI) on the one hand and a changed role of the university as a development actor on the other. 

How does it work?

An IUC consists of multiple projects that follow a logic similar to a TEAM project. IUCs primarily contribute to development changes at impact level, but indirectly also to the institutional performance of the HEIs and their role as a development actor. Furthermore, every IUC consists of one or more transversal projects, which aim at improving internal services or systems of the HEI, such as ICT services, e-learning, library services, research management, etc. This is not only an asset to the different (“classic”) projects, but also strongly contributes to an improved institutional performance of the HEI.

What is the application procedure?

We launch a call for IUC programme proposals. Higher Education Institutions from our partner countries can then submit a first concept note, which is assessed by an independent commission of experts based on six criteria: scientific quality, relevance, impact, efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability. Nextly, we organise a matchmaking process in Flanders with the selected partners in order to find Flemish counterparts. During an ‘inception year', a formulation phase is organised.

A new call is expected to be launched in 2020 for full implementation starting in 2022.

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Documents

Guidelines and forms

Guidelines and forms for managing an ongoing intervention or scholarship

Guidelines and forms which are useful or mandatory when managing an ongoing intervention or scholarship.

Institutional University Cooperation (IUC) and Networks

Guidelines and forms for managing an ongoing Institutional University Cooperation (IUC) programme.

IUC-NETWORK - Financial guidelines for IUC and Networks

IUC-NETWORK - Annex to the Financial guidelines: Overview of VLIR-UOS partner countries with local per diem regulations IUC-NETWORK - Allowances and guidelines for scholarships (from 01/09/2018) IUC-NETWORK - Allowances and guidelines for scholarships (up to 31/08/2018) IUC-NETWORK - Format for Annual Programme (AP)

Format for the Annual Programme (AP) of an Institutional University Cooperation Programme or a Network Programme, which also includes the following annexes:

IUC-NETWORK - Annex 1 to AP (Programme level): Format for AP budget (4 projects + PSU) IUC-NETWORK - Annex 1 to AP (Programme level): Format for AP budget (5 projects + PSU) IUC-NETWORK - Annex 1 to AP (Programme level): Format for AP budget (6 projects + PSU) IUC-NETWORK - Annex 2 to AP (Programme level): Format for Operational Plan (PSU) IUC-NETWORK - Annex 3 to AP (Programme level): Format for Budget (PSU) IUC-NETWORK - Annex 1 to AP (project level): Format for Budget IUC-NETWORK - Annex 2 to AP (Project level): Format for Operation plan IUC-NETWORK - Format for Annual Progress Report (APR)

Format for the Annual Progress Report (APR) of an Institutional University Cooperation Programme or a Network Programme, which also includes the following annexes:

IUC-NETWORK - Annex 1 to APR (Programme level): Format for Monitoring matrix IUC-NETWORK - Annex 2 to APR (Programme level): Format for Standard indicators IUC-NETWORK - Annex 1 to APR (Project level): Format for Logical Framework Matrix (LFM), Operational Plan (OP) and Risk Matrix (RM) (4 years) IUC-NETWORK - Annex 1 to APR (Project level): Format for Logical Framework Matrix (LFM), Operational Plan (OP) and Risk Matrix (RM) (5 years) IUC-NETWORK - Format for Annual Financial Report (AFR) for IUC and Networks started in 2017

Format for the Annual Financial Report (AFR) of an Institutional University Cooperation Programme or a Network Programme, which also includes the following manuals:

IUC-NETWORK - Manual for Annual Financial Report (AFR) for IUC and Networks started in 2017 IUC-NETWORK - Manual with attention points for AFR IUC - Format for Rapport Financier Annuel (RFA) for CUI in DRC and Burundi (Phase 3 started in 2017)

Format for the Annual Financial Report (AFR) of an Institutional University Cooperation Programme in DR Congo or Burundi, which also includes the following manual:

IUC - Manual for Rapport Financier Annuel (RFA) for CUI in DRC and Burundi (Phase 3 started in 2017) IUC-NETWORK - Format for Annual Financial Report (AFR) for IUC and Networks started in 2013 (update)

Format for the Annual Financial Report (AFR) of an Institutional University Cooperation Programme or Network Programme (started in 2013), which also includes the following manual:

IUC-NETWORK - Manual for Annual Financial Report (AFR) for IUC and Networks started in 2013 (update) IUC - Format for Annual Financial Report (AFR) for IUC and Networks (Phase out)

Format for the Annual Financial Report (AFR) of a Phase out of an Institutional University Cooperation Programme or a Network Programme.

IUC-NETWORK - Per diem, transport and scholarships allowances in Uganda IUC-NETWORK - Per diem allowances in DR Congo IUC-NETWORK - Mobility form IUC-NETWORK - Workflow travel arrangements