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1 International Partnerships in Research-Intensive Universities Lisa Sadler Regional Manager – Middle East and Africa, International Office

2 ∂ Durham University Established 1832 Student population: 15,000 including 3,500 postgraduates Over 3,000 staff 3,000 international students from over 130 different countries, including 96 from Nigeria Located in North East England Famous for it’s Cathedral, Castle and collegiate system

3 ∂ Introduction What? What constitutes an international partnership? How are they different from partnerships with post-1992 UK HEI? Why? How partnerships contribute to an institution’s internationalisation agenda? Sector reappraisal of strategic approach How? Processes Key considerations

4 ∂ What? Research Consultancy Articulation Mobility Specific Projects Staff development Individual/Departmental links Institutional links PhD Recruitment 2+2 arrangements Staff mobility – fellowships Student mobility - exchanges Partnerships

5 ∂ Why? Partnerships are fundamental to Internationalisation Strategies The benefits: i.Improved international profile and reputation ii.Promotion of curriculum development & innovation iii.Stabilising of recruitment patterns iv.Strengthening of research and knowledge capacity and production v.Adding an international dimension into the experience of students, staff and the University as a whole Imperative to disseminate these messages widely AND these benefits are mutual to both parties

6 ∂ Why? In 2008, 66% of HEIs in the UK had some kind of TNE partnerships Situation has matured For example: “Less is more … Exeter has built up a network of agreements with over 180 universities in 36 countries….. nevertheless, the true measure of success in respect of international partnerships is not the number of MOUs signed, but the extent to which our students and staff have meaningful engagement with their counterparts”. From University of Exeter’s Internationalisation Strategy

7 ∂ How? Expression of Interest Review of due diligence Finalisation of terms Contract signed Annual Reviews Mid term review Termination/ extension Initial enquiry/checks against strategy Initial risk assessment MOU signed Due diligence Negotiation of terms End of term review From: International Partnerships: A Legal Guide for UK Universities.

8 ∂ How? The need to take into account following considerations: – Managing expectations /open dialogue – Sustainability; both financial and motivational – Appoint a champion – Start small – Clear understanding of mutual benefits

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