Building Stronger Universities in Developing Countries
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“Building Stronger Universities in Developing Countries” is a partnership between research and higher education institutions in developing countries and Danish universities. The long-term goal of the initiative is to make the participating institutions stronger in the sense that they:
- play an increasing role in the economic, social and political development of the societies in which they are located;
- function as nodes of innovation and knowledge production, providing solutions to local/domestic and global challenges;
- produce skilled and motivated graduates that can contribute to the further development of the societies and address the challenges faced.
The “Building Stronger Universities” initiative has a structure with four thematic platforms:
The themes are linked, and the initiative envisages and encourages collaboration and interaction between platforms.
In its initial stage the initiative comprises cooperation involving the eight universities in Denmark and selected universities in Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Nepal. Focus will be on institutional capacity building, including strengthening the capacity and quality of PhD education, strengthening the capacity to undertake research and disseminating research knowledge to stakeholders.
The BSU initiative granted 60 million DKK for 2011 - 2013
In May 2011 an international panel of experts evaluated the descriptions and activity plans, developed by the four platforms. Based on the proposals and the recommendations the Rectors’ College of Universities Denmark finalised its application to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In June 2011 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark approved a 60 million DKK (11.5 million USD) grant for the initial two year period from August 2011.
Universities Denmark and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are in agreement that the initiative shall continue beyond 2013.
An internal Universities Denmark working group discusses matters in relation to the initiative and advices the Danish Rectors’ Conference.
Each of the four thematic platforms has a Danish steering committee which encompasses one representative from each of the Danish universities with competences within the theme.
A partner steering committee has been established at each of the cooperating universities in the partner countries. Finally, at each of these universities at least one working group has been established for each of the involved platforms.
Want to know more
For information about the four thematic platforms, follow the links above.
For information about the overall structure and scope of the initiative, contact:
Project manager Arne Skov Andersen: E-mail: as @ dkuni.dk . Phone (+45) 33 36 98 16