Bilateral Projects

As a center of enablement, SPIDER supports research infrastructure initiatives to strengthen Universities to create enabling digital environments where research and teaching can thrive.

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Research Infrastructure

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A public center of enablement strengthening digital research environments

The University bilateral programmes that are part of SPIDER’s portfolio work with

  • digital infrastructure development and expansion,
  • systems development and maintenance,
  • capacity building of IT staff

SPIDER is strategically placed at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences to coordinate the exchange of expertise and knowledge between partner universities and Swedish public institutions.

Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP)

SPIDER has managed this bilateral programme since January 2019.

The collaboration has resulted in:

  • Upgraded IT infrastructure appropriately serving the University
  • Internet connection at RUPP campus 2 
  • Wireless internet connection at both university campuses
  • Improved teaching environment and providing opportunities for blended learning

SPIDER and RUPP is currently working on the automation of RUPP workflow processes, including laboratory management system, library information management system, and systems to support university management processes. 

Through the professional development component of this programme, key staff in IT services have visited Stockholm university to exchange knowledge of systems use at institutions of higher learning. 

    University of Rwanda (UR)

    SPIDER has managed this bilateral programme since 2019. 

    The collaboration has resulted in:

    • Infrastructure to enable the university’s e-learning environment and internal documentation
    • Technical assessment of the ICT resources and skills available at all university campuses of UR
    • Robust data and network services for university employees and students
    • Security audit and assessment
    • Capacity building of ICT staff

    The collaboration will work on single-sign-on solutions for the university and further strengthening of the ICT infrastructure and information security. 



    Tanzania Commission of Science and Technology coordinates research in the country and advises the government on science issues. The targeted programme managed by SPIDER in partnership with the Swedish Research Council and SPIDER allocates funds for research to build capacity of COSTECH staff for up-to-date science knowledge, and enable research communication as well as better data management. This is done in partnership with the Swedish Research Council.

    Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences

     SPIDER coordinates IT department at the Department of Data and Systems Sciences (DSV) at Stockholm University  in strengthening the IT network system of Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Tanzania. This ensures the ability to run machine learning, AI and data harvesting at the University. The Directorate of Library services has through this programme improved access to e-resources, and supported the creation of digital rooms for users with functional variabilities, such as persons who are visually impaired and the hard of hearing.

    University of Dar es Salaam

    UDSM In collaboration with SPIDER and DSV will employ the use of Digital platforms to enhance the participation of academic staff members and students in

    • Strengthening efficiency on research management
    • Increasing the research capacity and quality of outputs
    • Increasing the dissemination of research results to end-users, and
    • Strengthening research networks and collaboration with key stakeholders