Building Stronger Universities Phase III (BSU3)
The objective of the Building Stronger Universities programme (BSU) is to strengthen the research capacity of universities in selected Danida priority countries. BSU Phase 1 started in 2011, BSU Phase 2 started in 2014, and BSU Phase 3 runs from 2017-2021. Support is provided to their research environment and research processes. Activities include i.a. support to:
- strengthening research policies and strategies
- PhD schools
- development of research concepts
- enhancement of research quality assurance
- improving libraries and publication managements systems.
Phase 3 of the Building Stronger Universities (BSU) programme consists of six collaboration projects between African universities and consortia of Danish universities. The six participating African universities are:
- Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Kumasi, Ghana) [Project doc],
- University of Ghana (Accra, Ghana) [Project doc],
- Gulu University (Gulu, Uganda) [Project doc],
- Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (Moshi, Tanzania) [Project doc]
- Sokoine University of Agriculture (Morogoro, Tanzania) [Project doc]
- State University of Zanzibar (Zanzibar, Tanzania) [Project doc]
The six partnerships are described in project documents prepared by the university consortia, and can be downloaded from the above mentioned links.
BSU phase 3 builds on lessons learned from BSU phase 2, consolidates results and focuses on fewer thematic science areas. It also adds emphasis on the capacity of the Southern universities to perform outreach, engage with a variety of stakeholders and encourage uptake of research results relevant to growth and development. The key principle of Southern leader- and ownership of the partnerships has been maintained.
Implementation of the BSU programme has been delegated to Danida Fellowship Centre on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Following the appropriation of the programme by Danish authorities, the partnerships prepared detailed implementation plans, budgets and results framework. Implementation started October 2017 and last for four years.