The cooperation between Mountains of the Moon University (MMU) and HOGENT is constantly growing and developing. In October 2018 the Memorandum of Understanding between the two partners has been signed although several bilateral agreements for ongoing cooperation’s had been drawn up already. In Augustus 2017 HOGENT and MMU organised the very first South Intensive Programme of the Global Minds project. “Quality of Life through Quality of Care” was a very successful edition with 36 students from Belgium, Rwanda and Uganda. A second edition was organised in August 2018 fully sponsored by HOGENT and MMU. This SIP Summer School was grafted upon a previous summer school format organized earlier during the last 3 summers, by HoGent with the cooperation of MMU and other European partner HEI’s and with financial support of Flanders Knowledge Area. The new opportunity brought about by the SIP to co-organize the summer school together with our partner MMU was a clear step further into our collaboration, with regard to the developed content but also to the management and administrative cooperation. Through this edition of the SIP summer school, plans for further cooperation with MMU and other EU- and international partners (e.g. IASSIDD) of the faculty of Education, Health and Social Work are developed, not only for educational purposes but for project-based and applied research. The deliberate choice of HOGENT to opt for research with clear relevance for society and that originates from the concerned work fields, with a multidisciplinary approach and strong links with the educational programs, is therefore beneficial for all partners involved (both from the North and the South). The addition of the SIP Summer School to the institutional collaboration with MMU has therefore resulted in a stronger synergy between our collaborative initiatives in education, research and extension and acts as a catalyst to further strengthen and extend this collaboration.
In 2018 and 2018 more than 14 HOGENT staff went to MMU Uganda with a XREI Out scholarship and 4 MMU colleagues came to HOGENT with an XREI In scholarship. In 2017 a HOGENT-funded research project “Community development through participatory action research: towards interventions that facilitate living with HIV/AIDS in the (school) community in Uganda” was approved. And since January 2018 the VLIR-UOS South Initiative “Towards multidisciplinary and multisectoral research collaboration to facilitate the quality of life of young people living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda” joined the cooperation