For its long term IUC partnerships, VLIR-UOS foresees a phase out phase of 2 years. At this point the partnership is matured to a level at which the academic partners would be able to access other funding. As such, the Phase Out focuses on the preparation of a range of VLIR-UOS initiatives that are meant to guarantee a ‘soft landing’ of the partnership. In order to facilitate the termination of the partner programme agreements, limited support is provided to terminate the reporting cycle (financial, content) and in order that delayed PhD scholars can graduate. Ultimately, the end of this phase is marked by the organization of a closing event during which the results of the partnership are presented, the final evaluation discussed and the equipment is officially handed over. This closing event will be combined with an event with international exposure (international conference).