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Institutional University Cooperation (IUC)

A 10-year partnership between a university in the South and universities and university colleges in Flanders.

Open call

Every 3-5 years

Target group

Universities in partner countries and Flemish universities and university colleges


2 x 5 years plus a two-year phase out period


EUR 350 000 - EUR 600 000 per year

Need more information?

Contact the ICOS at the Flemish institution of your choice.

What is an IUC?

Institutional University Cooperation (IUC) programmes are long-term institutional partnerships between a university in the South and the Flemish universities and university colleges in Flanders.

What is the goal?

The general objective of Institutional University Cooperation is “Empowering the local university as institution to better fulfil its role as development actor in society”. This means that an IUC envisions not only a contribution to developmental change –linked to different academic priority domains– outside the university but also a change process within the university leading to improved performance of the Higher Education Institution (HEI) in a number of institutional priority domains.

How does it work?

An IUC partner programme is guided by a strong overall programme strategy and logic supported by a coherent set of synergetic/complementary projects involving interdisciplinary approaches. An IUC envisions both institutional and developmental change. This change realised through academic theme-based projects (research and educational strengthening of involved departments) and mandatory transversal (institutional strengthening) projects. These “transversal projects” are expected to focus on institution-wide organisational capacity building in a number of prioritised institutional policy domains (research policy, curricula/accreditation, university management, HRD, international relations, finance department, gender policy); and/or in domains of internal service delivery (ICT, library, language, basic sciences labs, ..); and/or in domains of external service delivery (outreach services, dissemination, extension/ Research and Technology Transfer (RTT) - offices, communication, ...)

What is the application procedure?

The IUC intake process is a multi-stage process with 3 main selection stages, each consisting of several steps in the procedure. The first stage in an IUC selection and intake process is a Call for Concept Notes South open to universities in a limited number of partner countries (as indicated in the call). This first selection stage leads to the shortlist  of potential IUC partner institutions that will move into a next (second) selection stage (institutional assessments, followed by a call for extended concept notes). Result of the Extended Concept Note stage is a selection of partner institutions moving into a Phase in (matchmaking, formulation of final programme proposals). In a final stage, partner programme proposals are selected in view of starting an IUC partner programme on 1 January 2022. More information can be found under the Calls section.

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