Cooperation programme to be launched between Belgian Flemish Universities & Bahir Dar University

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An Institutional University Cooperation (IUC) programme funded by the Flemish Inter-university Council -University Cooperation for Development (VLIR-UOS) has been approved between Bahir Dar University (BDU) in Ethiopia and the five Flemish Universities coordinated by Ghent University.

To achieve its overall academic objective, the IUC will be engaged in joint implementation of research projects on Land Resilience, Hydro(geo)logy, Post-harvest and food processing, Aquatic ecology and waterborne diseases, and Socio-economic development. A Transversal Institutional Strengthening Project (TISP) is included.

The overall development objective is to contribute to the Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) strategy in Northwest Ethiopia through research geared towards the solution of bottlenecks related to environment, water, food security, health and economical and social development. The study areas of the IUC programme are the Tana and Beles basins in Ethiopia.

The official launching workshop of the IUC will be held from 16-20 January 2017, with the participation of Prof. Dr. Freddy Mortier (vice-rector of Ghent University), Prof. Dr. Guido Van Huylenbroeck (Academic Director for International relations), and Prof. Dr. Jan Nyssen (coordinator of BDU-IUC). They will be hosted by Dr. Baylie Damte (president of Bahir Dar University), Dr. Enyew Adgo and Dr. Firew Tegegne (coorndinator and manager of the BDU-IUC programme at BDU).

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