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Building Stronger Universities

Danish universities have a long history of successful collaboration with universities in Africa and South Asia, and these partnerships have been a cornerstone in Denmark’s long-standing commitment to strengthening research capacity in developing countries.

In this spirit, the first Building Stronger Universities programme was established in 2011 as collaboration projects between Danish universities and universities in five countries. In 2014, the second phase of the BSU programme adopted a “South driven” approach, where selected Southern partner universities, designated as partnership leads entered into collaboration agreements with selected Danish universities for implementation of a programme based on their needs.

So far three phases of the programme has been rolled out, we are now in its fourth phase.

Strengthened capacities for research at smaller and younger universities in fragile settings and regions are important for overall economic growth, natural resource management, improved governance and peace. Thus, in the design of a new BSU IV programme for research capacity development and collaboration in East Africa (which has been in the making since late 2021), it has been decided to build on the existing collaboration with Gulu University and State University of Zanzibar and to include University of Hargeisa as a new partner university in Somaliland.

Grant holders of Building Stronger University projects must comply with the General Conditions for grants to development research support. Under each programme you will find the detailed conditions and formats to use in documents and templates.

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25-01-24

A centre of excellence on genomics and bioinformatics. A story of change from KCMUCo, Tanzania

The Building Stronger Universities programme has had an impact on virtually every aspect of institutional, educational and research activities at Kilimanjaro Medical University College, writes Elton Kisanga, Associate Professor, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College, Tanzania.
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25-01-24

Considerations to navigate North-South university partnerships. A story of change from Gulu University

Dr Agatha Alidri, Lecturer at Gulu University tells the story about how strong north south power dynamics taught her and her team important negotiation skills and to keep their eyes keenly on the ultimate goals of the project.
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25-01-24

Passion ignited through student centered teaching methods. A story of change from University of Zanzibar

The Building Stronger Universities supported training in problem-based and online blended learning at State University of Zanzibar. As a result the students are more engaged and eager to learn and Aziza S. Abdulkadir (PhD) Lecturer has fallen in love with her job.
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25-01-24

From intensive aquaculture to recycling. A story of change from Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania

The successful turnaround in the quality of education Sokoine University of Agricilture now offer in aquaculture is largely thanks to the experience, passion and dedication of the members of the BSU programme team, writes Renalda Munubi (PhD) Lecturer.
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25-01-24

Motivating through graduation success. A story of change from KNUST, Ghana:

Building Stronger Universities led to improved relationships between students and supervisors, a higher graduate student intake, more visible research outputs, writes Robert C. Abaidoo, Professor at the Kwame Nkruma University of Science and Technology
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25-01-24

Leveraging human resources and research collaboration. A story of change from University of Ghana

Since Building Stronger Universities started at University of Ghana 16 PhD students have completed their studies and hundreds of research administrators and many Masters students have been trained. North-South research networks have also been strenthened, says Professor Kwadwo Owusu.
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23-01-24

Escaping the lure of predatory journals by raising the standard of research articles. A BSU story of change from KNUST

The Kwane Nkrumah University of Science and Technology was dogged by poor publication rates because researchers were lured by “quick fix” predatory journals. By tackling this head on, both the quality and quantity of their academic publications increased, writes Senior Lecturer Owusu Amponsah. ...
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23-01-24

The huge role played by the Building Stronger Universities at Gulu University. A BSU story of change

The capacity at Gulu University has generally increased at both research and administrative levels, and the support BSU gave me may look modest to some people, but it played a crucial role at a critical time in my academic life, writes Francis Atube, Lecturer, Gulu University.
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