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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 enhance? 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/ vs_scholars/. 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/ Aug15_11/2534-u-m-partnership-to. 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.) I I E N E T WOR K H A N DB O OK FOR I N T E R NAT IONA L EDUC ATOR S 2013 35 RESOURCES INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIP TYPES http://www.cies.org/vs_scholars/ http://www.globalmodules.net http://ur.umich.edu/1011/Aug15_11/2534-u-m-partnership-to http://fipsedatabase.ed.gov http://www.iie.org/iienetwork

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

About IIE
Benefits of Membership
Membership Application Form
IIENetwork Associate Membership
IIE Publications & Reports
Center for Academic Mobility Research
Fast Facts: Open Doors 2012 Report on International Educational Exchange
Fast Facts: Brazil Scientific Mobility Undergraduate Program in the U.S.
Project Atlas: Atlas of Student Mobility
Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education
International Academic Partnership Types
Global Partnership Service
IIE Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education
Bringing International Students to Your Campus
Study Abroad Scholarships and Resources
IIE Scholar Rescue Fund
Fulbright Scholar Programs: Engaging Faculty & Administrators
EducationUSA Network
Report an Error Form
How to Use the Directory Listings
IIENetwork Members in the United States
International Members by Country
IIE Member Name Index
Index of IIENetwork Member Institutions
Index of Advertisers

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