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Institutional University Cooperation 2008-2012 Programme (IUC) - CIUF-CUD (Conseil interuniversitaire de la Communauté française de Belgique - Commission universitaire pour le Développement - University Development Cooperation)

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Country Code: P125
Name of Programme: Institutional University Cooperation 2008-2012 Programme (IUC) - CIUF-CUD (Conseil interuniversitaire de la Communauté française de Belgique - Commission universitaire pour le Développement - University Development Cooperation)
Organisation responsible for the programme: Conseil interuniversitaire de la Communauté française de Belgique Commission universitaire pour le Développement (CIUF-CUD) rue de Namur, 72-74 - B-1000 Brussels, Belgium
Type of organisation: Other
Country: Belgium
Web Link: http://www.cud.be/content/view/272/103

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Starting Date 2008
Ending date 2012
Joint initiative involving more than one Ministry? (if applicable)

Programme Description
General and specific objectives
General objective:
The 2008-2012 IUC Programme aims to contribute to the emergence and reinforcement of partnerships and knowledge, allowing universities in the South to play their role as development actors in their country and their region, by providing the know-how, competencies and expertise of French Speaking Universities of Belgium.

Specific objective:
Develop, support and strengthen the capacity of partner universities in their fundamental missions - training, research and community engagement - and in terms of governance.

 
Priority actions
Through its 2008-2012 IUC Programme, CIUF-CUD supports 13 partner universities in the South (13 so-called ‘partner programmes’):
Central Africa
• DR Congo : Université de Kinshasa (UNIKIN)
• DR Congo : Université de Lubumbashi (UNILU),
• Burundi: Université du Burundi (UB), Bujumbura
• Rwanda: Université nationale du Rwanda (UNR), Butare
Western Africa
• Benin: Université d’Abomey Calavi (UAC)
• Burkina Faso: Université de Ouagadougou (UO)
Northern Africa
• Université Mohammed Ier (UMP), Oujda, Maroc

Latin America & Carribbean
• Haïti: Université d’État de Haïti (UEH), Port-au-Prince
• Perou: Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco (UNSAAC)
• Bolivia: Universidad Mayor San Simon (UMSS), Cochamamba
Asia
• Vietnam: Université Pham Ngoc Thach (UPNT) / formerly Centre universitaire de Formation des Personnels de Santé (CUF), Ho Chi Minh Ville
• Vietnam: Université agronomique de Hanoi (UAH)
• Cambodia: Cambodia Technological Institute, Phnom Penh (ITC)

Within each partner program, CIUF universities and local partner universities implement research, training and administrative reinforcement activities that have been first jointly defined in line with the strategic development plan of the partners. Special attention is paid to the transversality of the programmes so that each individual activity contributes to the reinforcement of the partner institution as a whole. A specific taskforce is dedicated to the Documentary Ressources and the university libraries in general. The 13 partners are supported for a five-year period, renewable subject to positive evaluation.

In addition to the IUC 13 ‘main’ partner programmes, CIUF-CUD has developed since 2009 a specific type of institutional cooperation dedicated to the development and implementation of training programmes by launching the Specialized Training Centers programme (STC). STCs are study (1 year) or training (max. 6 months) programmes hosted by one university in the South (or jointly by 2 of them) and that are jointly defined by the host university and at least two CIUF universities. STCs are open to students from the region (grants are awarded by CIUF-CUD) and are meant to bring an answer to regional training needs in thematics that are crucial for development. Five STCs are supported by CIUF-CUD for a five-year period, twice renewable, subject to a positive evaluation.

 
Management and coordination
Through the CUD Secretariat based in Brussels, CIUF-CUD is in charge of the general management of the IUC Programme, in close collaboration with the universities in Belgium and the partner universities. This includes:
- Identification of partner institutions,
- Definition of activities and logical framework,
- Financial and administrative follow-up of the programmes,
- Preparation of the evaluation process,
- Reports wrap-up, and
- Final reporting.
At the beginning of an IUC 5-year plan, a convention is signed between each local partner university and the CIUF, establishing the framework of the partnership, the purpose of the collaboration, and the rules and obligations for each part.
Each partner programme is managed by 2 Steering Committees respectively composed of (1) members of CIUF universities who are in charge of the follow-up of the activities within the partner programme, and (2) members of the partner university who are locally responsible for the implementation of these activities.
Regular follow-up South-North or North-South missions are organized during the 5-year period concerning either the partner programme or specific activities within the programme. Each year, a global evaluation of the whole IUC programme is carried out after 2 years and 6 months. The next one is scheduled for 2011.

 
Expected or achieved outputs, outcomes and impacts
By implementing the IUC 2008-2012 Programme, it is expected that in the local partner universities:

1. Teaching quality and offer are improved
2. An environment conducive to a quality research culture and social-needs driven research is implemented
3. The governance is enhanced, in order to strengthen the university capacity in strategic planning, management, and interaction with society
4. Access to information and communication is improved

13 partner institutions are today part of the CIUF-CUD IUC 2008-2012 Cooperation Programme. With more than 120 activities, IUC involves directly at the local level more than 1000 professors, assistants, researchers, and administrative staff members.
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