Developing Strategic Partnerships

Developing Strategic International Partnerships

Models for Initiating and Sustaining Innovative Institutional Linkages (2011)

International collaboration has become integral to higher education in the 21st century, and perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than in the recent proliferation of international partnerships among colleges and universities. In this book, the sixth in a series of Global Education Research Reports published by IIE and the AIFS Foundation, experts and practitioners from a wide range of higher education institutions and organizations capture the current dynamism and broadened scope of international academic partnerships. This book compiles a panorama of mutually beneficial partnership programs from across the globe, and features recommendations, models, and strategies for initiating, managing, and sustaining a range of international linkages. It also illustrates the myriad ways in which international partnerships enhance, and even transform, the institutions that participate in them, aiding in long-term goals of campus internationalization and preparing students for entry into the global workforce.

More than anything, Developing Strategic International Partnerships serves as an indispensable resource for institutions that wish to build or expand linkages with higher education institutions in other countries. Included in the appendices are numerous templates of Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) and Letters of Intent for establishing international partnerships, along with sample activities for identifying partners and developing linkages.

Table of Contents

Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO, IIE
William L. Gertz, President and CEO, AIFS

The Changing Landscape of International Partnerships
Susan Buck Sutton, Bryn Mawr College
Daniel Obst, Institute of International Education

Approaching Partnerships Strategically

Chapter 1: Intentionality in International Engagement: Identifying Potential Strategic International Partnerships
Tim Barnes, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Chapter 2: Managing Partnerships of Strategic Importance
Ann B. Radwan, St. Cloud State University

Chapter 3: Mobilizing Your Institution for Strategic International Partnerships
Helen Foster and Ian Jones, The University of Nottingham

Chapter 4: From Grand Plan to WorkingWeb, with Patience and Flexibility: The University of Washington’s Partnership with Sichuan University
Stevan Harrell and Thomas M. Hinckley, University of Washington, Seattle

Models for Managing and Sustaining International Partnerships

Chapter 5: Identifying and Selecting Appropriate Partner Institutions
Sabine C. Klahr, University of Utah in Salt Lake City

Chapter 6: Defining Your X-Factor for Healthy Communication in Transnational Partnerships
Adria L. Baker, Rice University

Chapter 7: Using Global Gateway Offices as a Model for Expanding International Partnerships
William I. Brustein and Maureen E. Miller, The Ohio State University

Chapter 8: Grits, Greens & Gari: Reflections on the Partnership between North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana
Samuel Owusu-Ofori and Minnie Battle Mayes, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Community Partnerships and Capacity Building

Chapter 9: Social Justice and Capacity Building: A New Model for Strategic International Partnerships at Liberal Arts Colleges
Kiran Cunningham and Joseph L. Brockington, Kalamazoo College
Nita Kumar, Claremont McKenna College and NIRMAN
Jonas Redwood-Sawyerr, University of Sierra Leone
Abu Sesay, Njala University (Sierra Leone)

Chapter 10: Managing Partnerships for Success and Sustainability: The Daegu Gyeongbuk English Village Partnership
Anthony J. Shull, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Chapter 11: Building Institutional Capacity for Establishing Successful Higher Education Partnerships: An Ethiopian Case Study
Cheryl Francisconi, Institute of International Education Sub-Saharan Africa

Designing Research Partnerships

Chapter 12: Building International Partnerships Based on Common Goals and Mission: Four Case Studies from the University of California, Davis
William B. Lacy and Jennifer N. Wade, University of California, Davis

Chapter 13: Enhancing Global Engineering Education and Research: Building Institutional Partnerships with China
Yating Haller and Eckhard A. Groll, Purdue University

Chapter 14: Developing Research-Based Partnerships: Florida A&M University’s U.S.-Brazil Cross-Cultural Initiative
Clifford Louime and Joseph V. Jones, Florida A&M University; Terry-Ann Jones, Fairfield University

Partnering through Networks and Consortia

Chapter 15: Building Networks for Technology-Based Student Engagement: East Carolina University’s Global Understanding Model
Rosina C. Chia, Elmer C. Poe, and Biwu Yang, East Carolina University

Chapter 16: The Story of a Network from the Beginning: The Dorich House Group of European Universities
Joan-Anton Carbonell, Kingston University

Meeting Challenges and Lessons Learned

Chapter 17: Establishing International Linkages at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: The Case of Winston-Salem State University
Peggy Valentine, Jessica Bailey, and Joti Sekhon,Winston-Salem State University

Chapter 18: Success Factors in Developing a U.S.-Brazilian Educational Partnership Program
Nader Asgary and Hans Thamhain, Bentley University

Chapter 19: Perspectives on the Successful Start-up of Study Abroad Programs in Higher Education: The Faculty Perspective
K. Peter Kuchinke, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Chapter 20: Breaking the Boundaries across Nations through International Partnership Programs: Lessons from a Student Exchange Consortia Program
Luis O. Tedeschi, Cathryn Clement, and Kim E. Dooley, Texas A&M University

Developing Partnerships with U.S. Institutions

Chapter 21: How to Develop International Partnerships with U.S. Institutions: Moving from Feel-Good Agreements to Real Agreements
Fanta Aw and Leeanne Dunsmore, American University

Chapter 22: How Institutions in Developing Countries Can Form Sustainable International Partnerships: Experiences from India
P. J. Lavakare, Symbiosis International University

Chapter 23: Exporting the Community College Model: A Lesson in Thinking Locally While Acting Globally
Mary S. Spangler and Art Tyler, Houston Community College

Planting the Seeds for Partnerships: National Level Efforts in Europe

Chapter 24: The British Council’s UK-U.S. New Partnership Fund
Elizabeth Shepherd, British Council in Hong Kong

Chapter 25: Advancing French-American Partnerships: The Partner University Fund
Pascal Delisle, French Embassy in Washington DC


International Academic Partnerships: Twenty-Five Sample Activities
Criteria for Selecting International Partner Institutions
Susan Buck Sutton, Bryn Mawr College

Beyond Handshakes and Signing Ceremonies: Leveraging Institutional Agreements to Foster Broad and Deep International Partnerships
Tim Barnes, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Templates for Establishing International Partnerships
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Kalamazoo College, Purdue University

IIE Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education

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