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Global Minds Project: Building capacity and increasing visibility for sustainable development

The Global Minds Programme (GM), 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. 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 Global Minds framework enables various projects and mobilities.

Calls 2023-24

📣📣 New Calls 📣📣

The UDC Team has launched new calls for the following Global Minds projects and scholarships:

  • Small Great Projects - Round 2
  • Staff mobility (XREI) - Round 2

You can find the calls here!

Calls 2023-24

TEAM call Stage 1 is now open.
Internal deadline (VUB) is 1 December 2023.

More info at the VLIR-UOS website.
Mind the info sessions organised by VLIR-UOS

Of course the IRMO-UDC team is always available for possible questions: ICOS@vub.be

Calls 2023-24

📣 New call Universitas 2024 is open now: Call Application Form

1. XREI: Staff mobility

The objective of this call is to stimulate staff mobility, be it VUB staff travelling South, or Southern staff travelling to VUB, or to a VUB-organised event in Belgium. The mobility should contribute to capacity-building regarding university development cooperation within VUB (in accordance with the Global Minds objectives). The destination is limited to the 37 countries of the GM partner countries.

2. Student group mobility

The objective of student group mobility projects is to enhance world citizenship through  outgoing student mobility and to promote structured cooperation between VUB and institutions/organisations in 37 partner countries. Students wanting to go abroad are required to follow UCOS training before applying to the call.

3. Small great projects

These aim to strengthen the VUB’s academic capacity to participate in university development cooperation. Project proposals should stimulate an (innovative) development dimension in (one or more of) the university’s missions (education, research and outreach). Examples include (but are not limited to) international seminars, alumni gatherings, awareness-raising events on campus and movies on VUB projects, about food, migration, climate crisis, SDGs, entrepreneurship in the Global South, etc.

4. Post-Doc and Joint-PhD

We want to give faculties or departments the chance to hire a post-doc who can focus fully on development-related proposal writing, research, teaching materials, and more. Global Minds wants to strengthen the capacity of departments (and VUB) in terms of university development cooperation. Equally, the call for joint PhDs is to ensure a minimum academic capacity in development at faculty level at VUB to engage efficiently on university development cooperation with other stakeholders and strengthen scientific collaboration with universities in the South through joint research in areas of mutual interest.

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University Development Cooperation Career Award

For nurturing partnerships and being an inspiration to others.

At VUB, we’re very proud of the tradition of close collaboration with universities in developing countries. To celebrate our engaged staff, increase the visibility of university development cooperation, and raise awareness among the VUB community about the opportunities, we introduced the UDC Career Award.


The Universitas scholarship programme aims to strengthen existing cooperation between VUB and partners in the Global South. Consequently, the Universitas scholarships will, as part of the internationalisation policy of VUB, contribute to the realisation of the SDGs.

📣 New call Universitas 2024 is open now: Call & Application Form

University Development Cooperation

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