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ADVANCING DEVELOPMENT THROUGH INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS Partnerships: At the Nexus of Global Change By Jeanne-Marie Duval HIGHER EDUCATION, WITH its long tradition of research, teaching and service, helps enable societies to address a wide range of social problems. The knowledge that higher education institutions create and transmit can and should be brought to bear on these great challenges, contributing to economic growth and alleviating poverty, and providing care that protects society’s most vulnerable and marginalizes members. Mobilizing and Preparing Human Capital: The Next Generation of Talent Innovative academic programs, partnerships and research create a global jet stream of ideas, contributing to the advancement of academic disciplines and multidisciplinary approaches to problem solving. Higher education is an engine for building expertise—learners become teachers and practitioners anywhere in the world—applying engineering discoveries to mining in Burkina Faso, transferring solar technology skills in South Africa, launching small business development centers in Central America, and nurturing ideas that make climate change less harrowing. For the past 20 years, Higher Education for Development (HED) has obtained extensive experience in supporting partnerships for capacity building throughout the developing world. HED’s longstanding relationship with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has resulted in mutually beneficial higher education partnerships, all of which are locally designed, long-term in focus, build capacity, and measure and document results. These partnerships build sustainable institutional infrastructures for the Al-Huson University College students install solar panels for the Renewable Energy Lab on the school’s campus. development of needed expertise. They contribute to long-term solutions when the partners collaborate in research, apply knowledge and theory to practice, and engage the community in substantive and useful ways. Building Institutional Capacity through Partnership Strong institutions are the key to developing a self-renewing, connected pool of experts with relevant skills and experience capable of responding to a nation’s changing needs for economic and social development. HED has supported partnerships of U.S. higher education institutions with counterpart institutions in developing nations that involve experiential learning, outreach, curriculum development and expanded stakeholder input. Since 1998, HED has supported more than 350 international partnerships in more than 60 countries. In FY2012, HED managed a total of 70 active partnerships in 37 countries. In total, these partnerships involved 83 host countries and 57 U.S. institutions of postsecondary education. To consolidate learning from its years of experience, HED conducted five regional impact assessments to determine the impact and legacy of partnerships supported between 1998 and 2009.1 The assessment made clear that higher education partnerships are sustainable. There are several factors that contribute to success and sustainability. The first is collaboration on curriculum. More than half of the partnerships reported that the courses, degrees, certificates and/or professional programs they developed with their U.S. colleagues continued to be offered, often revitalized through continuing knowledge exchange and development. They came to be embedded in the institution’s core offerings, and continued to return dividends on the time and treasure invested in their development, expanding enrollment and enriching the diversity and applicability of what was taught in the discipline. Most successful in terms of sustainability were joint or dual 25 http://www.iie.org/iienetworker

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Networker - Spring 2013

A Message from Allan E. Goodman
News
2013 IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education
IIENetworker Minister of Education Interview Series
Higher Education and Diff erent Notions of Development
Advancing Development Through International Partnerships
Developing a Gender Studies Program in Georgia
Higher Education and Community Development
The University of Cologne’s Capacity-Building Project in Myanmar
Promoting International Development by Collaborating with Industry
International Development and Higher Education
Harnessing the Power of Women with Disabilities
Community College Global Partnerships Bring Local Benefi ts
Building vs. Being
Higher Education and Development through Cultural Relations
The Institute of International Education’s Work in Iraq and Myanmar
Re-Envisioning Internationalization
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