About VLIR-UOS and it's IUC programmes
VLIR stands for Vlaamse Interuniversitaire Raad (Flemish Interuniversity Council), an umbrella consultation body between the six Flemish universities and the various governments responsible for higher education and research policy.
VLIR-UOS, being the office for university cooperation for development, was created in 1998 within the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR), VLIR-UOS is responsible for the policy and the management of the funds that are made available for university cooperation for development by the Belgian Directorate-General for Development Cooperation (DGDC). VLIR-UOS has an annual budget of ± 30 million euros.
VLIR-UOS supports universities in developing countries in their three-pronged function of education, research and service to society, generating insight into their own region and country and enabling them to drive development. VLIR-UOS facilitates and funds academic cooperation through programmes and projects which aim at sharing knowledge and expertise between Flanders and the South. Academic quality and development relevance are key issues here.
VLIR-UOS supports a wide range of South and North programmes. Here, we are talking about the Institutional University Cooperation (IUC): it is a long-term multidisciplinary institutional cooperation between Flemish academics and a university in the South, lasting ten years or more.
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