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FINAL THOUGHT Fostering Global Research Capacity Through Multilateral Partnerships: The Global Innovation Initiative By Clare Banks THE 21ST CENTURY is replete with technological advancements, state-of-the-art tools, and big ideas coming from every corner of the globe. In this new world, the word innovation is thrown around so often that we sometimes forget its importance, and that at the very core of this concept is the need to adapt to change; invent new processes and solutions in response to a rapidly shifting context. Higher education leaders have long been at the forefront of this reality, and understand that the challenges we face today require global perspectives and global solutions. Areas such as climate change, sustainable development, food security, and the expansion of the world's urban populations know no boundaries; and everyone-governments, NGOs, businesses, entire populations-relies on the cutting edge research performed at HEIs to tackle these global issues. The key to delivering on this global need is international collaboration, and HEIs and researchers are some of the world's strongest proponents of multilateral cooperation. They understand that it is not only a more efficient and cost-effective manner of solving global issues, but also has the potential to yield exponentially more innovative solutions than any single institution or researcher could accomplish alone. This growth in collaboration is reflected in a worldwide increase in the number of international patents, international research awards and research outputs in recent years. Integral to this growth in international research collaboration are a host of emerging economies with growing knowledge-based sectors. Rapid economic expansion in these countries is being accompanied by increasing demand for cutting edge research and development. Governments are looking to their higher education sectors to engage in world-class research and prepare the next generation of globally-oriented problem solvers. In this context, building research capacity and fostering multilateral research partnerships in the STEM fields is a critical next step for stimulating innovation. In response to these trends, the governments of the United States and United Kingdom have launched a joint effort in support of multilateral research collaboration with the goals of addressing pressing global challenges, developing multilateral research capacity at higher education institutions, increasing the global mobility of researchers and students, encouraging international collaboration, and fostering university-business linkages. The Global Innovation Initiative (GII) is a grant competition funded by the U.S. Department of State in the U.S. and the UK Department of Business, Innovation, and Skills and the British Council in the UK. In the fall of 2013, two parallel, but separate grant competitions were run in the U.S. and UK by the Institute of International Education and the British Council, respectively. Applicants are required to submit proposals that include at least one higher education institution from the U.S., UK, and either Brazil, China, India, or Indonesia. The grants ranging from $150,000 to $250,000 will support multi-year collaborations that foster cutting-edge multinational research and strengthen institutional partnerships. A high-level advisory board comprised of distinguished professionals and practitioners from the U.S. and UK helped determine the four STEM-related priority themes for the competition: energy, climate change and the environment; agriculture, food security and water; public health and wellbeing; and urbanization. To learn more about the initiative, and to read about the finalists, please visit www.iie.org/gii. ■ Clare Banks is Assistant Director of IIE's Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education. GII ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS Jo Beall, Director, Education and Society, British Council Hunter R. Rawlings, III, President, Association of American Universities Molly Corbett Broad, President, American Council on Education Sophie Laurie, Head of International, Research Councils UK John Sexton, President, New York University David Docherty, Chief Executive, Council for Industry and Higher Education Cora B. Marrett, Acting Director, National Science Foundation Eric Thomas, Vice-Chancellor, University of Bristol Penny Egan, Executive Director, U.S.-UK Fulbright Commission 46 Allan E. Goodman, President & CEO, Institute of International Education Joanna Newman, Director, International Unit Rick Trainor, Principal and President, King's College London www.iie.org/iienetworker http://www.iie.org/gii http://www.iie.org/iienetworker

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Network - Spring 2014

A Message from Allan E. Goodman
News
2014 IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education
An Interview with Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, Minister of Education and Research, Government of Norway
Introduction to the Globalization of International Education
Internationalization as Acquisitions, Mergers, and Synergy: A Value-Based Framework of Internationalization
Globalized Internationalization: Implications for Policy and Practice
Advocating the Value of Experiential Learning in the Age of Globalization
The Translocal Urban Nexus in International Education: Trinity College in China and Southeast Asia
Mission Apt: Evolving Strategies for Global Student Recruitment
Global Research Networks: Experiments in Internationalization
Two Models of Global Learning
Advertisers Index
Final Thought: Fostering Global Research Capacity Through Multilateral Partnerships: The Global Innovation Initiative

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