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 and ended in 2018 and in 2019, the program entered its second phase of operation that will run up to 2022. MMU principal partner for this VLIR-IUC Programme is the Ghent University (UGENT). Phase 2 of the IUC Programme with MMU is designed in such a way that it maintains the general themes developed in phase 1

Programme Overview

General objective

To improve the standards of living of the agricultural community in the Rwenzori Region through strengthening, consolidating and internationalizing the capacity of Mountains of the Moon University to integrate innovative research, quality teaching and community engagement.

Projects in the Program

The program consists of two projects:
Project 1: Action Research and Community Engagement for Development
Project 2: Transversal institutional strengthening.

Project Objectives:

Project 1:

The general objective for this project is to improve the standard of living of farmers in the Rwenzori region.

Academic Objective

MMU is able to develop and deliver innovative solutions in dairy nutrition, aquaculture, and water and soil fertility management to promote sustainable agriculture in the Rwenzori region.

Development objective

Farmers in the Rwenzori region are able to successfully improve their farming practices (i.e. dairy nutrition, dairy & aquaculture water management, soil fertility management) for increased productivity and income

Project 2:

The general objective for project 2 is that the capacity of MMU is enhanced to deliver quality services to the community.

Academic objective

Ensuring that MMU staff are more competent to effectively perform institutional roles of teaching, research and community outreach.

Development Objective:

The project aims at improved university-community engagement, particularly to promote adoption of sustainable agricultural practices.

Who is who at Programme Level?

Programme Coordinator [UPC]: Dr. Edmond Kagambe
Programme Manager [PM]: Ms. Christine Kobugabe
Programme Accountant [PA]: Mr. Akankwatsa Wycliffe

At UGent:
Flemish Programme Coordinator [FPC]: Prof Dr Xavier Gellynck
Flemish Deputy Programme Coordinator [DPC]: Wesana Joshua
ICOS: Ms. Annick Verheylezoon

Who is who at Project level?

Project Flemish Project Leader Uganda Project Leader
Project 1: Prof. Dr. Bart Van der Bruggen, KULeuven Dr. Ronald Kabbiri
Project 2: Prof. Dr. Chang Zhu, VUB, Brussel Dr. Kintu Mugenyi Justice.


Time schedule 1st phase of Partner Programme

The first phase of the partner programme consist of the following activity periods

Year Start End
AP 2013 Year 1 01/04/2013 31/03/2014
AP 2014 Year 2 01/04/2014 31/03/2015
AP 2015 Year 3 01/04/2015 31/03/2016
AP 2016 Year 4 01/04/2016 31/12/2016
AP 2017 Year 5 01/01/2017 31/12/2017
AP 2018 Year 6 01/01/2018 31/12/2018