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1 The Era of International Educational Partnerships UK-US Higher Education Partnerships Forum December 2, 2011 London, England Daniel Obst Deputy Vice President, International Partnerships Institute of International Education

2 Among the worlds largest not-for-profit organization in international education exchange and training Founded in 1919 in NYC 32 offices and representatives globally 650 staff worldwide 1,100 member institutions Online at: IIE at a Glance 2

3 New Publication: Developing Strategic International Partnerships Developing Strategic International Partnerships: Models for Initiating and Sustaining Innovative Institutional Linkages Published by IIE with support from AIFS Foundation. December 2011 Available on

4 Two Primary Reasons for Growth of International Partnerships 1.Growing recognition that academic internationalization is as much a process of outward engagement as internal restructuring; 2.The increasing need for academic institutions to position themselves within emerging global systems of higher education From the Introduction to Developing Strategic International Partnerships by Susan Buck Sutton and Daniel Obst The Changing Landscape of International Partnerships 4

5 Student learning Curriculum building and course enhancement Provide international learning experiences for all students Develop the international capacity of faculty and staff Advance research by connecting institutions and scholars Connecting to key parts of the world Supporting and enhancing international ties/interests of surrounding community What Partnerships Are Being Asked to Do 5

6 Generating revenue through tuition and grants General institutional capacity building Promoting the overall mission of the institution, enhancing global reputation Tackle pressing global issues of health, education, economic development, energy, social justice, etc. Pursuit of public diplomacy and other national priorities What Partnerships Are Being Asked to Do 6

7 7 Types of Partnerships Student and Faculty Exchanges Joint and Double Degree Programs Collaborative Research Faculty Development Activities (workshops, conferences) Administrative/Staff Exchanges Branch Campuses Networks and Consortia Development and Capacity Building

8 Key Aspects of Long-Lived Partnerships The achievement of mutual benefits and genuine reciprocity Integration with institutional mission and core curricula Connections to local communities and businesses Development beyond any particular sub-project or individual Regular assessment and reworking Base-line support by the respective institutions along with the ability to generate new resources and external funding Open communication that attends to cultural, linguistic, and institutional differences 8

9 Challenges for Sustaining Partnerships 9 Educational quality and standards Student and faculty expectations and customs Language and cultural differences Divergent priorities and goals Differing levels of commitments and resource allocations Garnering institution-wide support Convincing relevant decision-makers of the partnerships value Meshing institutional policies, procedures, and business practices across nations, educational cultures, and accreditation systems Health and safety issues

10 10 Developing an Institutional Approach to Partnerships Developing institutional partnerships encompasses such elements as: Taking stock of existing affiliations Establishing a partnership approval process Articulating overall partnership goals and strategies Spreading a culture of partnerships Developing policies, procedures, and organizational structures for initiating, managing, reviewing, revising, terminating partnerships Providing baseline financial and other support Pursuing effective practices for initiating and sustaining partnerships over time Drafting well-crafted Memorandum of Understanding

11 Investing in International Partnerships 11 Governments, nonprofit organizations, foundations, and the private sector have taken steps recently to support international academic partnerships. Examples include: U.S. Government activities: Department of State, Department of Education, USAID, Embassies The Partner University Fund (France): Supports research and education partnerships between France and the U.S. US-UK New Partnership Fund (UK): Develop new strategic links between US and UK academic institutions

12 Provides administrators, policy-makers, and practitioners with the resources and connections to develop and sustain partnerships around the world. Programs/resources include: International Academic Partnerships Program (IAPP) Global Partnership Service (GPS) Publication: Developing Strategic International Partnerships: Models for Initiating and Sustaining Innovative Institutional Linkages Contact: IIE Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education

13 International Academic Partnerships Program (IAPP) 13 Began in 2009 through a grant from the Department of Educations Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) Purpose: To enhance academic linkages with institutions in other countries To become a self-sustaining program Focus countries include: India, China, and Brazil Year-long program for U.S. institutions, including webinars, strategic planning, a study tour, and list of suggested partner institutions

14 Global Partnership Service (GPS) Offers expertise to higher education institutions around the world seeking academic partnerships in the United States Utilizes the IIE membership network of over 1,100 institutions to assist higher education institutions in identifying potential partners Goals: Provide the information and opportunities necessary to implement and sustain a comprehensive strategy for partnering with the U.S. Foster deep, sustainable, institution-wide partnerships 14

15 A report issued by IIE and Freie Universität Berlin found that a growing number of higher education institutions around the world are seeking to develop joint and double degree programs. Download Joint and Double Degree Programs in the Global Context at Original Research in International Partnerships: Joint and Double Degrees

16 IIENetwork: IIEs Membership Program 1,100+ university members Research, Information, Networking Weekly Newsletters Books and Directories IIENetworker Magazine

17 iie.org Information on IIE programs & services Resources for international education professionals fulbright.state.gov Information on Fulbright student and scholar programs iie.org/projectatlas Data on global student mobility facebook.com/IIEglobal Latest updates on IIE news & events twitter.com/IIEglobal Quick alerts on international education news & trends iie.org/opendoors Data on academic mobility to and from the U.S.


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