VL.I.R. acts as the rectors' conference for the six Flemish universities. It promotes dialogue and cooperation among the Flemish universities, and between the Flemish universities and the respective authorities. It supports the Flemish universities in making common proposals, statements and in giving policy advise to the government regarding university education and research. It facilitates joint projects for the government such as studies on topical issues in the academic debate, and administers the coordination of universities' development cooperation programmes.