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INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS TOOLKIT
In their most simple state, academic partnerships are deﬁned as “cooperative agreements between a higher education institution and
another distinct organization” (Kinser and Green 2009 The Power of Partnerships). In recent years, however, colleges and universities
worldwide have taken a more holistic approach. Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, Ofﬁce of International Affairs deﬁnes
this new generation of strategic partnerships as “bi-national (or multinational) communities of higher education in which there is a
constant ﬂow of people, ideas, and projects back and forth, as well as the development of new projects and common goals.” When
contemplating an international partnership, consider how the types below might ﬁt into your partnership strategy. What are the pluses
and minuses of each partnership type and how might each be a short or long term goal (or not part of your strategic plan). Is your
institution well-suited to offer any of these partnership types to a potential partner?
Collaborative Teaching: This low-cost partnership component is
often fostered by technology through virtual classrooms,
videoconferences, email exchanges, and web-based platforms.
Consider working with a partner institution to develop new
course modules. Collaborative teaching is also an effective way
to incorporate guest faculty in the classroom and is a
springboard for other collaborative efforts.
Example: Champlain College in Vermont seeks to initiate
meaningful global dialogue between its students and their
counterparts at 14 colleges around the world though its
Global Modules program. First piloted with one class in
2003, Global Modules are now incorporated into a required
first-year course and other key courses across the curriculum.
Typically, Global Modules begin with students in both
countries reading a common text, and participating in online
discussions facilitated by the instructors on both campuses.
Students then join together in virtual groups composed of
U.S. and international students and complete a collaborative
assignment. Over the past year, Champlain students
discussed globalization with Indian students, peace activism
with Austrian students, ecological impact with Kenyan
students, and women’s issues with Moroccan students. For
more information, visit www.globalmodules.net.
Consortia: A group of two or more institutions that work
together and pool resources in order to achieve a common goal.
Consortia are a great way to broaden a partnership and take
advantage of institutions with complementary strengths.
Consider including institutions in a third country as well as
domestic options. Do any current partner campuses have
relationships with institutions in the target country you could
Example: U.S.–Brazil Higher Education Consortia Program:
From 2007 to 2010, the Department of Education’s Fund for
the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), in
collaboration with the Brazilian Ministry of Education’s CAPES
foundation, funded 51 U.S.-Brazil consortia through the
U.S.-Brazil Higher Education Consortia Program. These
consortia are comprised of at least two U.S. institutions and
two Brazilian institutions and are funded for up to four years.
Find details of these programs, which range from engineering
to education, at: http://fipsedatabase.ed.gov.
Faculty Exchange: Faculty exchanges are excellent catalysts for
deeper partnerships and federally-funded programs such as the
Fulbright Scholar Program facilitate these opportunities for you.
Guest faculty could instruct whole courses or components of
whole courses. Consider establishing a pre-departure training
for faculty before they go overseas and educate them on how to
further the institution’s partnership goals. For more information
about the Fulbright Scholar Program, visit: www.cies.org/
Faculty-led Study Abroad Programs: Faculty-led study abroad
programs are an excellent starting point for future
collaborations. They do not require a large financial commitment
and generate enthusiasm on both campuses. They also
eliminate the difficult discussions regarding credit transfer.
Faculty-led programs also come in myriad formats, enabling you
to be creative and experiment.
Example: In the summer of 2011, Lehigh University
(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA) developed the “Democratic
Society and Religious Pluralism” program, co-created by the
University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA) and the
University of Gadjah Mada (Yogyakarta, Indonesia). A faculty
member from each of the three universities guided a group
of eight undergraduate students from each school on a
five-week study abroad trip in both Indonesia and the U.S.
For more information, visit: http://ur.umich.edu/1011/
International Dual/Double Degree Programs: Study programs
collaboratively offered by two (or more) higher education
institutions located in different countries. They typically feature a
jointly developed and integrated curriculum and agreed-on credit
recognition and students study at the two (or more) partnering
higher education institutions (i.e., 1 home institution + 1
institution abroad). Upon completion of the study program,
students receive degree certificates issued separately by each
of the institutions involved in the program. (These programs
generally use the terminology 2+2 or 1+2+1.)
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