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"The beauty of the program lies in the fact that it
integrates CityU's emphasis on professional education
with Columbia's tradition of liberal arts education,"
Cheng says.
The program, piloted in 2012 as a mathematics
collaboration, was formally agreed upon in 2015, and
now includes 10 approved majors at CityU: business
economics, computational finance, criminology and
sociology, psychology, Asian and international studies,
public policy and politics, computer science, computing
mathematics, applied physics, and biological sciences.
"One of the aspects of the program that makes it
so compelling is the combination of CityU's practical
application of each of the majors alongside Columbia's
broader liberal arts approach," says Jessica SarlesDinsick, associate dean for international programs and
special projects at Columbia. "When students investigate their area of study from these two different perspectives, they wind up graduating from the program
with a more complete idea of what it means to use these
concepts in both real-world and theoretical terms."

Overcoming Inequality
Still, there are practical obstacles created by the differences between the campuses. Both partners need to
invest heavily in things like program administration,
website development, promotional events, academic
advising and counseling, and the selection and interviewing of candidates, Cheng says.
To Columbia's Sarles-Dinsick, the main challenge has
been negotiating institutional and cultural differences.
"You learn very quickly just how tied together education
and culture are when managing an international degree
partnership," she says, "and you end up with a unique
insight into a partner's culture to be able to navigate the
various administrative styles successfully."
But the biggest challenge is the tuition difference:
In 2016-17, Columbia cost more than $55,000 in annual
tuition and fees, while CityU's tuition for international
students is $15,400 for 2017-18. Local students pay
around one-third of that.
Cheng says that means "that only kids from rich
families can afford to participate in this program" without financial help from both institutions. "We have been
working extremely hard to raise scholarship money
to support those who are qualified but can't afford the
Columbia tuition," he says. CityU has raised significant
funding for financial aid, while Columbia offers the
same sort of aid to students in the joint-degree program
that it does for every other student.
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"One year we had an excellent candidate, but her
family could not afford the tuition. Our development staff found a donor who offered to pay for all
the expense," Cheng says. "This past May, the student
graduated from the joint-degree program and returned
to Hong Kong to work."

Making it Count
Arizona State University (ASU), where about 10 percent
of its 100,000 enrolled students are international, stands
out with the sheer reach and variety of its partnerships-more than 165 higher education institutions in
40 countries-some of which redefine the scope of what
an academic partnership can be.
In Vietnam, for example, ASU's College of
Engineering is participating in an unusual collaboration with the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and
Technology to deliver STEM education.
"We have a huge footprint in Vietnam, especially in
STEM and engineering," says Stefanie Lindquist, ASU's
deputy provost and vice president for academic affairs,
who notes that many U.S. universities partner with institutions in China, Hong Kong, or India, but considerably
fewer do so in Vietnam.
Through its eight years of collaborations with the
country, including the Higher Engineering Education
Alliance Program, an alliance ASU has with several
Vietnamese universities, more than 1,000 Vietnamese
engineering faculty members have participated in
advanced coursework at ASU's home campus in
Tempe, Arizona, and nearly 6,000 U.S. engineering
and STEM educators have taken part in workshops
in Vietnam.
Last May, ASU and the Vietnamese ministry of science
and technology finalized an arrangement that will enable
ASU to work more closely with Vietnamese technical
universities, research institutes, and private industry,
providing new opportunities for ASU students and faculty
in an emerging economy.
In addition to Vietnam, ASU is part of the PLuS
Alliance, which stands for Phoenix, London, and Sydney,
reflecting the partnership between Arizona State, King's
College London, and the University of New South
Wales in Australia, which involves more than 60 jointly
appointed professors.
"We're such an enormous university with such an
enormous faculty that we do things at scale," Lindquist
says. "Scale includes the world." But she says that doesn't
mean the university is indiscriminate.
"It can be exciting to finally have an opportunity



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - November/December 2017

From the Desk of
Frontlines
In Brief
Global Spotlight: Iran
Quick Questions
Feature: The New Why of Partnering: International Partnerships Are Expanding Their Reach and Goals
Feature: Partnering Case Studies: Leveraging Unconventionality
Feature: Doing Well by Doing Good: Social Entrepreneurship is Evolving to Meet New Realities
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment
International Education Leadership
Forum
In Focus
Feature: A Healthy Balance
Feature: Mental Health: Leveraging Resources
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Cover1
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Cover2
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 1
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 2
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 3
International Educator - November/December 2017 - From the Desk of
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 5
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Frontlines
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 7
International Educator - November/December 2017 - In Brief
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 9
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 10
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 11
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Global Spotlight: Iran
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 13
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Quick Questions
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 15
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Feature: The New Why of Partnering: International Partnerships Are Expanding Their Reach and Goals
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International Educator - November/December 2017 - Feature: Partnering Case Studies: Leveraging Unconventionality
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International Educator - November/December 2017 - Feature: Doing Well by Doing Good: Social Entrepreneurship is Evolving to Meet New Realities
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International Educator - November/December 2017 - Education Abroad
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International Educator - November/December 2017 - International Student Affairs
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International Educator - November/December 2017 - International Enrollment
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International Educator - November/December 2017 - International Education Leadership
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