Structural International Partnerships (SIP)

Whereas the Regional Platforms and the International Thematic Networks respectively focus on the cooperation with a certain region in the world or on a single interdisciplinary theme, the Structural International Partnerships focus on the university-wide cooperation with one or more preferential partner around the Globe. 

Overview SIP's

Countries SIP  Coordinator Focus
Ecuador La Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral Peter Goethals Environmental science and technology
Ethiopia Jimma University  Luc Duchateau Expanding the research collaboration and PhD capacity building
South Africa University of Western Cape Stef Slembrouck Turning Diversity into Capacity
Tanzania Mzumbe University

Koenraad Stroeken

Tony Belpaeme

Yves Jorens

Social Innovation Citizen Science
Uganda Mountains of the Moon University

Xavier Gellynck

Pascal Coorevits

Koen Vlassenroot

Karen Büscher

Martin Valcke

Through mutual learning and exchange of expertise strengthening the local research capacity to meaningful influence the national socio-economic transformation
Vietnam Can Tho University 

Liesbeth Jacxsens 

Katleen Raes

Strengthening valorisation of joint research
Hue University

Veerle Fievez

Tammy Schellens

Luc Duchateau

Deepening partnerships in research towards sustainable health solutions while introducing new collaborations


More info about the aims, criteria and structure of the SIPs is available via, en


  1. Multidimensional character, not bound to a single faculty or thematic focus
  2. Top-down and bottom-up balance 
  3. Sustainable cooperation across various projects and initiatives
  4. Added value aimed at strengthening the individual position of the partners
  5. Mutual recognition and investment


The goals for Ghent University’s international cooperation are:

  • to strengthen the link between research, education and services to society, within an international context;
  • to enhance visibility and impact of Ghent University by coordinating long-term partnerships to consolidate the leading role of Ghent University;
  • to seize opportunities (networking, funding...) within the international environment to enhance the impact of Ghent University.

Special emphasis is put on collaborations that:

  • focus on networking with high level and/or high potential partners;
  • focus on networking with countries, regions or around themes of strategic importance for Ghent University;
  • focus on human capacity building with partners in the South;
  • align themselves with the overall strategic goals of Ghent University in sustainable development and internationalization.