The Institutional University Cooperation programme IUC-UL constitutes a collaboration between the University of Limpopo and the different Flemish Universities under the umbrella of the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR-UOS). The IUC programme aims at building the institutional capacity of a selected number of universities in the South. The IUC-UL project phocuses on Human Wellness in the Context of Global Change – Finding Solutions for Rural Africa. Joint research is undertaken in different disciplines in the Limpopo province to improve the life quality of communities.

The programme is sponsored by the Belgian government with the principal objectives of strengthening the capacity of staff and students in research and community engagement through a suite of integrated, multi-disciplinary research projects, ultimately aimed at rural community beneficiation. This cuts across six different research projects which reaches out both the Turfloop campus at the UL and the Medunsa Campuses at the Sefako Makgato Health Sciences University.

The IUC-UL addresses the following research topics:

  1. Data Management, Statistical Analysis and GIS
  2. Chronic diseases
  3. Multiple Literacies
  4. Laboratory science and public health management of sexually transmitted infections
  5. Assessing the impact of land-use on functions of the Limpopo and Olifants river systems
  6. Food security


"In Belgium we can see that South Africa is key to solving problems in Africa, and the University of Limpopo is an important part of South Africa’s resources. It’s a large institution with a good structure and varied facilities, and its rural focus plays to its obvious strengths."

(Robert Colebunders, project coordinator till 2014)

Team IUC Limpopo