VLIR-UOS (Vlaamse Interuniversitaire Raad – Universitaire Ontwikkelingssamenwerking), stands for Flemish Interuniversity Council, financed by the Belgian Government. IUC or Institutional University Cooperation is a VLIR UOS program that develops partnerships between universities in Flanders (Belgium) and universities in developing countries. The VLIR-IUC Mountains of the Moon University Partner Program is a 12 year program whose first phase of 6 years started in 2013. MMU principal partner for this VLIR-IUC Programme is the Ghent University (UGENT).
Overall academic objective:
Mountains of the Moon University (MMU) has become an important academic actor in the Rwenzori region, Western Uganda
Overall development objective:
The standard of life of the rural community in the Rwenzori region improved
Specific academic objective:
Program level: Capacity of Mountains of the Moon University (MMU) to use community-based training and research approaches in improving agricultural productivity enhanced
Specific development objective:
Program level: Increased standard of living of community actors in the dairy and aquaculture sector
Projects in the Program
The program consists of two projects: Project 1: Action Research and Community Engagement for Development and Project 2: Transversal institutional strengthen-ing.
Project 1: MMU is established as a leading center for agricultural research (soil, water, aquaculture and agri-business)
Project 2: The capacity of the university staff enhanced to offer high quality research, teaching and services for the community
Project 1: Improved knowledge on soil, water, aquaculture and agribusiness are transferred to the rural farmers to improve production
Project 2: The ICT services and support systems upgraded for enhanced teaching, learning, research, management and outreach services to serve the society