Franklin University - Wyzsza Szkola Bankowa (Poland) Academic Partnership
2014 Heiskell Award Honorable Mention: International Partnerships
Nomination submitted by: Dr. Doug Ross, Associate Dean - Global MBA
In 2008, Franklin University and Wyzsza Szkola Bankowa entered into an academic partnership, with the initial aim of designing, promoting, and offering a Master’s degree program in Business Administration to adult students residing in Poland. The relationship between the two schools matured beyond the concept of partnership to a more interdependent learning ecosystem model focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning and on student success at both institutions. The joint projects currently underway include faculty and staff exchanges, quality review of existing academic offerings, planning and collaborative development of new curricular tracks and courses, and the planned transfer of know-how.
More than 30 faculty members, staff members, and trustees from Franklin have visited WSB and more than 25 faculty, staff, and trustees from WSB have visited Franklin. These visits usually involve teaching students, exchanging information about the institution’s best practices, designing curriculum for students to incorporate global perspectives, participation in cultural activities and events, and planning collaborative activities to advance the scholarship and practice of teaching. A number of student groups from WSB have also visited Franklin. During the visits the students participate actively in seminars with domestic students. These dynamic exchanges have led to new relationships, advances in intercultural competence and knowledge about their respective academic experiences, as well as advances in teaching practices.