University Partnerships in Cooperation and Development Program


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The University Partnerships in Cooperation and Development Program funds projects between Canadian universities and education and training organizations in developing countries.

Projects involve teams at each of the partner organizations, making them institutional linkages, as opposed to individual grants or collaboration between two professors.

Canadian universities are helping institutions in the developing countries  better prepare their citizens to address their countries’ most important development needs.

These projects typically include a range of activities, for example:

  • curriculum development
  • strengthening academic departments
  • training and further education for professors

Projects funded through the program respond to Canada’s Official Development priorities, CIDA’s poverty-reduction mandate, as well as the development priorities of developing countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Eastern Europe where the projects take place.