USOS prioritises the fate of disadvantaged communities in the Global South. USOS continuously implements this mission in the typical context of a university.
- USOS stimulates scientific research on human development at the University of Antwerp in close collaboration with Southern partners.
- It promotes and organises both curricular and extracurricular training for students and personnel at the University of Antwerp with a view to stimulating personal and professional commitment.
- Finally, USOS also promotes the exchange of students and researchers.
USOS's first strategy is called “partner activities”. The partners are primarily universities or research centres in the South. Partnerships are mutual, and aim to achieve collaboration in scientific research, training and exchanges for students and academic personnel.
USOS's second strategy is called “campus activities”. USOS offers a wide range of training on development and the South on the various campuses. These trainings are aimed at students and academic personnel, and include extracurricular study programmes, activities, internships and immersion trips. The aim is to encourage knowledge transfer, learning through experience and personal commitment.