Building Stronger Universities (BSU) is a Danida funded partnership between Gulu University and a Consortium of Danish Universities (CDU). The CDU comprises five partner universities: University of Copenhagen-Lead University; Aarhus University; University of Southern Denmark; Roskilde University and Aalborg University. The Danish partners include researchers from seven departments at the five Danish Universities: Anthropology (University of Copenhagen); Culture and Society (Aarhus University); Law (University of Southern Denmark); Society and Globalization (Roskilde University); and Culture and Global Studies, Communication and Psychology, Education, Learning and Philosophy (Aalborg University). Partners at Gulu University are drawn from the Institute of Peace and Strategic Studies, the Faculty of Business and Development, and the Faculty of Education and Humanities.
BSU was formed in 2011 by the Rectors of the Consortium of Danish Universities. The overall purpose of the collaborative programme is to support Gulu University in its efforts to strengthen research capacity at PhD level and research-based education, with a special emphasis on research ‘for community transformation’. BSU focuses on three thematic areas: i) Stability, democracy and rights; ii) Quality, equity and innovation in education; and iii) Culture, education and development. Through BSU, Gulu University located in a region recovering from more than 20 years of war (1986-2006) and encampment has a commitment to outreach and community engagement. This will support the University to play its role as a centre for knowledge and skill generation for sustainable post-conflict recovery and development.