The NUCOOP Programme (Norwegian University Cooperation Programme for Capacity Development in Sudan) is a cooperation programme between higher education institutions in Sudan and Norway. The programme supports cooperation projects focusing on capacity building, research and infrastructure.
About the programme
The NUCOOP Programme – Norwegian University Cooperation Programme for Capacity Development in Sudan – aims to contribute to the development of sustainable capacity of higher education institutions in Sudan/South Sudan and to provide the workforce with adequate qualifications in selected fields of study through multiphase cooperation.
Norwegian institutions of higher education have a long history of successful cooperation with universities in Sudan. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) wanted to make use of the knowledge and experience of Sudanese affairs available at Norwegian institutions in order to support the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and make a contribution to poverty reduction.
On this basis the NUCOOP Programme was initiated by MFA in 2007. The programme is based on a contract between Norad and SIU. The first phase of NUCOOP runs from 2007 to 2012, and geographical priority is given to South Sudan. NOK 65 million is allocated to support cooperation projects between institutions of higher education in South Sudan and Norway.
An important objective for the programme is to support the development of national, regional and international networks between higher education institutions in South Sudan, Sudan and institutions in other countries in the region. The programme aims to enhance gender equality and promote women’s rights in all programme activities.
Seven 5- year cooperation projects have received funding from NUCOOP. In addition two projects regarding infrastructural facilities at the partner institutions in Sudan are supported along with one research network project. The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Juba is supporting a third infrastructure project at the University of Juba.
The three universities in South Sudan that are the main partners in the programme are:
Sudanese institutions participating as network partners are:
Other network partners outside South Sudan, Sudan and Norway:
- Makerere University, Uganda
- Kyambogo University, Uganda
- University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Norwegian main partner institutions:
- Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
- Norwegian University of Life Sciences
- University of Bergen
- University of Oslo
An overview over projects supported by the NUCOOP Programme (2007–2012) can be found in SIU's online project database.
NUCOOP is governed by the Programme Board for the NUFU and NOMA Programme.