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About University Development Cooperation

Everyone knows about "classical" development cooperation, but did you know that VUB is involved in several research and teaching activities with universities in the Global South? Each year, VUB professors work together with their colleagues from countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia to tackle global issues and perform excellent research. At the same time, student mobility (North-South or South-North) is geared towards the exchange of knowledge and experience. In these ways (and more), the whole VUB community and their partners are strengthening their capacity and building sustainable relationships.

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Global Minds 2020: Calls open!

Submission deadline: 11 November 2019, 23:59

The Global Minds Programme, supported by VLIR-UOS, aims to increase VUB’s capacity in knowledge, scientific approaches and technologies to sustain, improve and expand its collaboration with partners in the South (developing countries). By integrating development issues into education and research, Global Minds strives to foster global citizenship and solidarity in society to better respond to global challenges.

The following paragraphs introduce the various projects and mobilities that are possible within the Global Minds framework. The calls for projects and mobilities in 2020 are now open! You can find all links to the calls, application forms, and online submission below. Do note that the submission forms will be closed on 11 November 2019, at 23:59. It will not be possible to submit entries beyond the deadline!

1. XREI: Staff Mobility

The objective of this call is to stimulate the mobility of staff. This can be VUB personnel travelling South, or Southern staff travelling to the VUB or to a VUB organised event in Belgium. However, the mobility should contribute to capacity-building with regard to university development cooperation within VUB (in accordance with the Global Minds objectives). The destination is limited to the 31 countries of the VLIR-UOS list (except Suriname).

2. Group Mobility

In addition to staff mobility, we also wish to stimulate outgoing student mobility, and to promote structured cooperation between the VUB and international institutions of higher education. The project must be development-relevant. The group mobility must contain at least 10 students and each student must obtain at least 15 ECTS ("study credits") at the host institution. The destination is limited to the 31 countries of the VLIR-UOS list (except Suriname). Students wanting to go abroad, will have to follow UCOS training before applying to the call.

"Small budget, Great impact!"

3. Small Great Projects

Small Great Projects aim to strengthen VUB’s academic capacity to participate in university development cooperation. Project proposals should stimulate an (innovative) development dimension in (one or more of) the three missions of the university (education, research and outreach), which are aligned with the core values of the university.

Examples include (but are certainly not limited to) international seminars, alumni gatherings, awareness raising events on campus and movies on VUB projects; about food, migration, the climate crisis, SDG's, entrepreneurship in the Global South.

 

4. Post-doc

By giving the faculties or departments the chance to hire a Post-doc who can focus fully on development-related proposal writing, research, teaching material, and more, Global Minds hopes to strengthen the capacity of the department (and hence the VUB) when it comes to university development cooperation.

5. Joint PhD

The objective of this call is to ensure a minimum academic capacity in development at the faculty level of the VUB so it can engage in effective University Development Cooperation with other stakeholders and strengthen the scientific collaboration with universities in the South by means of joint research in areas of mutual interest, through joint PhD-scholarships.

Be aware this call requires three annexes: the application file, a letter of recommendation, and a research proposal.

 

Questions?

Please download the full calls and application forms below. For more information, please contact Olivia Lebbe or Jannes Motmans.

Programme Coordinator UDC
Jannes Motmans

Telephone
+32 (0)2 614 80 66

E-mail
jannes.motmans@vub.be
Programme Coordinator UDC
Françoise De Cupere

Telephone:
+32 (0)2 614 80 82

E-mail
francoise.de.cupere@vub.be
Programme Coordinator UDC
Olivia Lebbe

Telephone
+32 (0)2 614 80 76

E-mail
olivia.lebbe@vub.be

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