Mr. Sylvain Vanrie, First Secretary of the Ambassador of Belgium in Tanzania giving a speech during phase II launch
Dr. Gordian Mataba Field sampling of macroinvertebrates in temporary ponds using a kick net.
JSCM 09 February 2023 at NM-AIST
Farmers' field day
NM-AIST Management, Belgian Ambassador & VLIR-UOS representatives, Local & Flemish coordinator with PhD students during VLIR-UOS programme Phase II Launch on February 4th 2019


Sustainable smallholder banana-based farming systems to improve livelihoods of communities in northern Tanzania, pangani region.

Goal: The ultimate aim....

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Development of water purification technologies

Goal: To develop water purification technologies for wastewater....

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Applied aquatic ecology

Goal: To sustain healthy aquatic ecosystems in Northern Tanzania to ....

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Institutional Strengthening

Goal: improving NM-AIST research and education quality through....

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The VLIR-UOS IUC (Flemish Interuniversity Council - Institutional University Cooperation) is a program of VLIR-UOS (Flemish Interuniversity Council - University Development Cooperation) to promote collaboration between a partner institutions in the South (NM-AIST) with the following Flemish universities: University of Brussels (VUB), University of Antwerp (UA), University of Hasselt (UHasselt), University of Leuven (KU Leuven).....

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Well Integrated Projects in 1 Programme

Overall focus

Strengthen the research capacity of NM-AIST academics and staff to carry out state-of-the-art research that is responsive to the true needs of the society in Tanzania.


The research programme will work in the area of livelihood improvement through interventions in soil, water and sanitation.

Project 5

Goal: To increase technology transfer to society and industry originating from Academic and R & D in the Northern Tanzania through enhanced....

Programme Support Unit

The PSU provides administrative and logistical support to the other IUC projects regarding implementation of activities in a defined channel....
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Prof. Karoli Njau

Local Coordinator

Mr. Piet Wostyn


Ms. Joyce Rugakingila

Programme Manager

Prof. Luc Brendonck.

Flemish Coordinator

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I am immensely grateful and honored to have been selected as one of the beneficiaries of the VLIR UOS scholarship, a transformative opportunity that set me on a path of growth, achievement, and meaningful impact. As I stand on the verge of completing my 4-year PhD program, I reflect on the remarkable journey that this scholarship has enabled me to undertake.

Mr. Lawrence Mdegela

PhD Candidate University of Antwerp, imec-IDLaB

I am a lecturer at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Arusha Tanzania. VLIR-UOS IUC at the NM-AIST enabled me to complete my PhD research in 2023. During all this time it was nice and productive to work under VLIR-UOS project.

Dr. Gordian Mataba

Lecturer School of Materials, Energy, Water and Environmental Sciences (MEWES)

I would like to start by emphasizing the importance of the VLIR-OUS scholarship in my life. You've given me so much more than just a happy moment. The scholarship represented not just one individual, but a group of people who believe in me; as a result, you have delivered my future to me. My desire to serve the community as a lecturer and researcher was...

Ms. Lydia Mhoro

PhD student under VLIR-OUS scholarship

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