Global Perspectives on International Joint and Double Degree Programs

Joint and double degree programs are an increasingly popular form of higher education internationalization. While many institutions find them challenging to organize, these collaborative degree programs continue to gain traction around the world, in part because they offer an opportunity to build strong academic and institutional partnerships. This book is the first truly global collection of essays from experts with experience in creating and administering international collaborative degree programs.

Table of Contents


The Road Less Traveled is the Road to the Future
Allan E. Goodman, Institute of International Education (IIE) and
Dorothea Rüland, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)


Global Perspectives on International Joint and Double Degree Programs
Matthias Kuder, Freie Universität Berlin, Nina Lemmens, German
Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and Daniel Obst, Institute of International Education (IIE)


Joint, Double and Consecutive Degree Programs: Definitions, Doubts, and Dilemmas
Jane Knight, University of Toronto

Balancing Expectations and Realities: A Plea for Strategy
Matthias Kuder, Freie Universität Berlin

How to Manage Joint Programs: Recommendations and Results of JOIMAN and JOI.CON
Tabea Mager, University of Leipzig, Svend Poller, University of Leipzig, Francesco Girotti, University of Bologna

Influences on the Sustainability of Joint and Double Degree Programs: Empirical Findings from Programs with German Participation
Mareike Tarazona, German Institute for International Educational Research

Cross-Border Graduate Double Degree Program Implementation: Two Case Studies in Japan of Faculty and Administrator Views and Involvement
Diana Yefanova, University of Minnesota


Fostering International Exposure and Cross-Fertilization Through a Platform of Interconnectivity: The Alliance Program and the Metaphor of the Router
Alessia Lefébure, Columbia University

Institutional Double Degree Programs Strategy at Technische Universität München
Christoph Steber, Technische Universität München

Increasing Research Capacity and Building and Retaining Skills: Stellenbosch University’s Policy for Joint and Double Degree Programs
Dorothy Stevens, Stellenbosch University

Engaging Globally through Joint and Double Degree Programs: National University of Singapore’s Internationalization Strategy
Bernard C.Y. Tan, National University of Singapore

The MSc Integrated Water Resources Management: A German-Jordanian Master’s Program
Lars Ribbe, Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Manar Fayyad, Jordan University, and Joern Trappe, Cologne University of Applied Sciences

Double Degree Programs at a Brazilian Research University: The Case of Unicamp
Leandro R. Tessler and José Pissolato Filho, Unicamp


Joint Degrees: A Top Priority of the European Union’s Mobility and Cooperation Program
Xavier Prats Monné and Claire Morel, European Commission

Joint and Double Degree Programs in Germany
Christian Thimme, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Collaborative Degree Programs in the Chinese Context
Liu Jinghui, China Scholarship Council

A Third Wave of International Education: International Collaborative Programs in Australia
Stephen Connelly and James Garton, RMIT University

Russian-European Double Degree Programs: Key Factors of Success
Elena A. Karpukhina, Academy of National Economy and Public Administration

Collaborative Degree Programs in East Asia: Findings from a Survey
Takako Yuki, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Research Institute

International Joint and Double Degree Programs in Latin America: Current Trends
Jocelyne Gacel-Ávila, Universidad de Guadalajara

International Joint and Dual Degrees in the United States: A Status Review
Diana B. Carlin, Saint Louis University

Canadian Experience with International Joint and Dual Degree Programs
Fred L. Hall, University of Calgary


Employability of Double Degree Graduates: Results of a Franco-German University Survey
Jochen Hellmann and Patricia Rohland, Franco-German University

Measuring Student Interest in European Joint and Double Degree Programs
Elias Faethe, StudyPortals and Megan Brenn-White, The Brenn-White Group


Accreditation of Joint Programs: A European Approach
Mark Frederiks, Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders and European Consortium of Accreditation

Quality Assurance of Joint Programs in the Arab Region
Nadia Badrawi, Arab Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education