Prof Shelley Farrington and Dr Riyaadh Lillah from the School of Management Sciences were invited by colleagues from the University of Ghent, Belgium, to assist them in preparing a proposal for submission to VLIR-UOS. VLIR-UOS is an academic cooperation between the Flemish universities of Belgium, which provides funding for projects initiated and undertaken in partnerships between universities in Flanders (Belgium) and in the South (e.g. South Africa). 



Funding is specifically given for projects that are looking for innovative responses to global and local challenges. The research team, which included 3 colleagues from the University of Gent, Prof Farrington and Dr Lillah, as well as Dr Alex Bignotti from the University of Pretoria, worked together in Ghent during the first week of April 2019. During the week Prof Farrington also attended a VLIR-UOS proposal writing workshop. The project proposal submitted by the team focusses on promoting student entrepreneurship at South African Universities. Should funding be granted the project will be administered and implemented from Nelson Mandela University. Colleagues interested in exploring this funding avenue should visit the VLIR-UOS website (https://www.vliruos.be/en/about_vlir_uos/2).