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Graduation ceremony at Kazan with Russian students who achieved a dual bachelor's degree in business and administration from SUNY Canton and
their Russian university partner.

Georgia (UGA) for joint research and training, UGA initially saw this as a good, niche
partnership for one of its key centers. They
created a general memorandum of understanding, but it was not specific enough.
Georgia soon realized its partner wanted a
broader-based relationship covering additional schools and disciplines. "They wanted
something we couldn't give them at that
time," Jane Gatewood, director of international partnerships, says. So the partnership
was never established.
A partnership with an Asian university,
funded through its government, ran into
problems after non-authorized personnel
promised tuition waivers and graduate assistantships. UGA opted to support the terms
initially, but subsequently renegotiated
them. "It's a good program and we value it,
but initially it wasn't negotiated at the proper
level," Gatewood says. "That has been fixed."
UGA has also tightened its procedures for initiating new programs, such as
dual-degree programs, with an overseas university. In the past, faculty members might
have gone to the international office for
quick approval. "We don't do that anymore,"
Gatewood says. "We need to go through a
specific process for a new degree, evaluate it
like any other, and then add on the overseas
partner and other international pieces."
"It's important to know who is authorized
to sign international agreements," Gatewood
says. Although a variety of UGA personnel
have signed agreements in the past, now
only two university people are authorized
to do so: the president and his designee.
Overall, Gatewood attributes the majority
of problems emanating from miscommu-

nication and misunderstanding on either
side of the relationship. "When one partner
doesn't understand the other, issues occur,"
she says. "It's important to make sure you're
both on the same page in terms of what you
want to accomplish with this partnership."

Tips for Avoiding Pitfalls
Many higher education institutions seek
international partnerships to give their students and faculty a global perspective. But
these relationships require special care if
they are to be successful.
Going slow is essential; don't rush into
a relationship before making sure everything is in place. Communication, both
before partnerships are established and
while the partnership is in effect, is impor-

tant. Phone calls, Skype, and personal visits
can help keep tabs on how things are going
and to deal with problems as they occur.
All partners need to make a commitment
to the project, making sure the necessary
infrastructure is in place and that sufficient
interest, effort, and funds are there. Balance,
in terms of students, staff time, and resources is vital to a positive outcome.
A successful marriage requires a period
of dating in which options and relationships
are explored, developed, and revised before
making a commitment. So do international
partnerships.
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"Community Colleges Partner With Brazil" in the
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