Building Stronger Universities
The Global Health Section (GHS) has been engaged in the Danida flagship “Building Stronger Universities” (BSU) since the early pilot phase in 2010. In the initial year support was mainly provided for needs assessments and pilot activities. Since then collaboration in established partnerships with universities in Tanzania, Zanzibar and Ghana has included:
- Development of postgraduate and PhD courses
- Online and blended learning, problem based learning, supervisory and mentoring skills
- PhD co-supervision
- Pilot research projects
- Scientific and grant writing, research project management, proposal development
- Upgrading of laboratory, library, ICT and financial management facilities and procedures
- Formulation of university policies and guidelines
- Networking, outreach, research dissemination
Apart from the university-wide and generic capacity building activities support is also allocated to research activities within a range of thematically focused health topics. The present collaboration with the State University of Zanzibar under BSU phase lll, aimed at improving public health while at the same time enhancing the sustainable growth of the tourism sector, supports pilot research studies on waste management, food safety, mosquito borne diseases, marine ecosystem health and services.
Ongoing collaboration with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana focuses on health delivery systems and specifically on mass drug administration in onchocerciasis (river blindness) control.
Pilot phase 2010; Phase l 2011-13; Phase ll 2014-2017; Phase lll 2017 – 2021
Source of funding: Danida
Over time the Global health Section’s engagement in BSU has involved numerous roles and tasks but continuously including the management of short term assignments by and collaboration between a wide range of research and administrative staff from different faculties and departments at different partner universities in Denmark, Ghana and Tanzania.
2011 – 2013, phase l: The Global Health Section hosted the Secretariat of the Platform on Human Health and held the lead position in the DK Steering Committee. South partners in this period included UG, KNUST, KCMCUC/NIMR, SUZA/ZCHS.
2013 – 2017, phase ll: With the shift in the overall organization of BSU from platforms to individual partnerships and the introduction of South driven leadership, the Global Health Section (representing University of Copenhagen) became the DK co-lead of the BSU ll partnerships with SUZA and KNUST.
2017 – 2021, phase lll: The Global Health Section has remained the DK co-lead of the overall BSU SUZA partnership and performs as co-lead of work package 3 on Health Delivery Systems in the BSU KNUST partnership.
From 2013 – 2016, in parallel with the BSU ll programme, separate grants were provided for cross-cutting projects managed by the Global Health Section aimed at developing capacities in ‘E-Learning and Problem based Learning’ and ‘Knowledge Sharing, Research Dissemination and Communication’ across all partner BSU institutions in Tanzania, Zanzibar and Ghana.
Partner universities that have been involved:
Aalborg University, Aarhus University, Roskilde University, Technical University of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, University of Southern Denmark.
University of Ghana (UG), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (KCMUC), National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM).
State University of Zanzibar (SUZA), Zanzibar College of Health Sciences (ZCHS) recently merged with SUZA).
Along the way outreach activities have also involved various external partners incl. government institutions, media, private sector actors, communities and NGOs.
The Building Stronger Universities programme aims at increasing the capacity of African universities in selected Danida priority countries to undertake teaching, research and outreach with the overall objective to generate and apply new knowledge to solve priority development challenges.
Since BSU ll the South universities have held the overall responsibility for prioritizing coordinating and managing the partnerships while DK partners are involved as mentors and discussion partners throughout the project cycle. This goes for identification, design and management of research, upgrading of dissemination practices, selection of and practice of teaching approaches, development of teaching resources and development and installment of upgraded infrastructure and systems all taking place in a close dialogue between assigned resource persons from DK universities and relevant counterparts at the South partner institution.
- Researchers, lecturers and project managers with upgraded skills and competencies
- Focused research policies and strategies
- Improved management and research processes
- New courses
- New teaching resources and approaches and new research-relevant content
- Research proposals submitted
- Research findings published in peer-reviewed journals and shared by other means to other target groups
- Improved laboratory, library, ICT, financial management facilities and procedures
Please find more detailed information about the BSU activities via the links below: