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director of the Office of International Education at Bucknell University. Appiah-Padi, a native of Ghana, helped
forge a relationship between his university and the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana, that began in 2013.
"It's initially about student exchange but also has room for
expansion to include faculty and staff exchange, and other
cooperative ventures," Appiah-Padi says. "The partnership
began with Bucknell establishing a faculty-led, semesterlong study abroad program to Ghana, based at UCC. This
past spring we sent the first 11 students and one faculty
member. We are getting ready to send two faculty and 20
students next January. UCC has sent staff and administrators to Bucknell and is planning on sending a student
next January."
The relationship largely came about because of Appiah-Padi's interest and background in the region, he
notes. "I arrived at Bucknell in 2009," says Appiah-Padi.
"At that time, Bucknell had no relationships with African
universities. The process of beginning a relationship with
a university in any part of world usually involves nurturing by faculty and in a campus where there are not a lot of
faculty with experience and interest in the region, it can
be difficult to begin to get someone interested. In 2012
our Africana Studies department was starting to grow
gradually and there was interest in forming connections
with African universities. But what we have in Ghana
was largely through me, working with a few faculty. I researched the possibility of a partnership and, due to my
position, I was able to say we can do this and I went there,
visited, and began the process."
The Center for International Education at UCC hosts
and facilitates the Bucknell program for a fee and selects
UCC students to join a Bucknell faculty-taught class and
specially arranged field trips, says Gladys Attah-Gyam-

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fi, assistant registrar, at UCC's Centre for International
Education. "This arrangement allows the selected UCC
students to experience the dynamics of a foreign (U.S.)
liberal arts university class; students in the class also assist
as peer mentors to their U.S. counterparts in understanding the Ghanaian cultural environment. In addition, UCC
students can apply to study in Bucknell for a semester as a
form of exchange. The U.S. students are also able to take
regular UCC classes taught by Ghanaian professors. The
Bucknell faculty also is available to provide some academic service to the UCC community in the form of leading
seminars and advising graduate research projects of UCC
students. There is room for expansion of this partnership
and we are planning discussions to include a dual degree
as well as a collaborative faculty research component in
subsequent years."

The Cream of the Crop
Participants in African-foreign HEI institution partnerships say that what matters is not the number of the
partnerships but the depth and the energy behind them.
UCC has 76 partnerships with foreign institutions, most
set up between 2010 and 2013 and mainly in the United
States, Germany, Asia, the United Kingdom, and some
Scandinavian countries, Attah-Gyamfi says. "Most of the
partnerships are supposed to include staff, student exchange, joint academic and research, and conferences, but
are skewed toward student exchanges," Attah-Gyamfi says.
"The benefits have been tremendous from the partnerships
with the few partners who are really committed, and have
resulted in joint conferences, developing special programs,
summer programs, funding faculty, staff, and student exchanges, among many others. Going forward, we want to
concentrate on relationships with the few vibrant partners."

AFRICAN NETWORK FOR INTERNATIONALIZATION OF EDUCATION/JAMES OTIENO JOWI

James Otieno
Jowi, executive
director of
the African
Network for
Internationalization of Education
(ANIE), with
members of
the APPEAR
Advisory Board in
Vienna, Austria, in
October 2015.



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Frontlines
In Brief
Insights
Collaborating with Africa
Rice University Finds a Natural Partner in Brazil
Virginia Commonwealth University Students Live and Learn Engagement
At Wake Forest University, Intercultural Skills Start with Faculty
Foreign Student Affairs
In Focus
Going Social
Advice from the Field
Using Social Media to Recruit Chinese Students
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