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New Book Explores Strategies to Develop International Academic Partnerships

New publication offers a practical resource to introduce and sustain relationships between higher education institutions across borders

NEW YORK, December 5, 2011—A new book released today explores a wide range of models and strategies for initiating and sustaining international relationships between higher education institutions. Developing Strategic International Partnerships: Models for Initiating and Sustaining Innovative Institutional Linkages contains chapters written by experts and practitioners from various institutions around the world. The book comes at a time when international partnerships are expanding rapidly among colleges and universities. It aims to be a practical resource for institutions that wish to build or expand linkages with higher education institutions worldwide. This new book is the sixth in a series of timely Global Education Research Reports published through a partnership between the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS) Foundation, and can be purchased at the IIE Bookstore.

Developing Strategic International Partnerships attempts to capture the dynamism of international partnership development among the higher education community. According to the book’s editors, Susan Buck Sutton and Daniel Obst, we are in an “era of international educational partnerships…For many colleges and universities, such partnerships are no longer simply one tactic of internationalization among many, but rather a core, driving philosophy.”

Developing Strategic International Partnerships describes the growing need for academic institutions to position themselves within emerging global systems of higher education, and the recognition among them that international linkages are a key part of that changing landscape. As Sutton and Obst note: “A sense that institutions can do more together than alone is taking hold, coupled with the realization that learning, research, institution-building, and community engagement are now global endeavors.”

Developing Strategic International Partnerships features recommendations, models, and strategies for initiating, managing, and sustaining a range of international linkages. It illustrates the numerous ways in which international partnerships enhance, and even transform, the institutions that participate in them. Some of the key topics addressed in the book include: approaching partnerships strategically, models for managing and sustaining international partnerships, community partnerships and capacity building, designing research partnerships, partnering through networks and consortia, and developing partnerships with U.S. institutions.

Developing Strategic International Partnerships elaborates on the U.S. experience but includes entries from such countries as the UK, France, India, and Ethiopia. The book also includes several appendices with numerous templates of Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) and Letters of Intent for establishing international partnerships, along with sample activities for identifying partners and developing linkages. These resources will prove particularly useful for overseas institutions that are hoping to form partnerships with institutions in the United States.

Developing Strategic International Partnerships is the sixth book in the Global Education Research Reports series from IIE and the AIFS Foundation. The Global Education Research Reports series will include eleven reports over six years with original research from IIE, as well as contributions by other experts in the field of international education. Previous books have examined higher education initiatives and exchanges in China, India, and the Middle East, as well as new developments in global mobility. This book was edited by Daniel Obst, Deputy Vice President for International Partnerships at IIE, and Susan Buck Sutton, Senior Advisor for Internationalization at Bryn Mawr College.

Institute of International Education

The Institute of International Education is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1919, IIE has network of over 20 offices worldwide and over 1,000 member institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations. IIE also conducts policy research and program evaluations, and provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities abroad. IIE’s Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education assists higher education institutions in developing and sustaining partnerships around the world. Some of its major initiatives include the International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP) and the IIE Global Partnership Service (GPS).

American Institute For Foreign Study Foundation

The American Institute For Foreign Study Foundation (AIFS), an independent, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) tax exempt public charity, was established in 1967 to help young people from many nations and diverse cultures to better understand one another. The AIFS Foundation provides grants to high schools and institutions to encourage international and educational travel. The AIFS Foundation also sponsors the Academic Year in America (AYA) program, which enables international teenage students to live with an American host family while attending the local high school.

Developing Strategic International Partnerships: Models for Initiating and Sustaining Innovative Institutional Linkages

Sixth in a series of IIE/AIFS Foundation Global Education Research Reports

Table of Contents

Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO, IIE
William L. Gertz, President and CEO, AIFS

Susan Buck Sutton, Bryn Mawr College
Daniel Obst, Institute of International Education

Chapter 1: Intentionality in International Engagement: Identifying Potential Strategic International Partnerships
Tim Barnes, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Chapter 2: Managing Partnerships of Strategic Importance
Ann B. Radwan, St. Cloud State University

Chapter 3: Mobilizing Your Institution for Strategic International Partnerships
Helen Foster and Ian Jones, The University of Nottingham

Chapter 4: From Grand Plan to Working Web, with Patience and Flexibility: The University of Washington’s Partnership with Sichuan University
Stevan Harrell and Thomas M. Hinckley, University of Washington, Seattle

Chapter 5: Identifying and Selecting Appropriate Partner Institutions
Sabine C. Klahr, University of Utah in Salt Lake City

Chapter 6: Defining Your X-Factor for Healthy Communication in Transnational Partnership
Adria L. Baker, Rice University

Chapter 7: Using Global Gateway Offices as a Model for Expanding International Partnerships
William I. Brustein and Maureen E. Miller, The Ohio State University

Chapter 8: Grits, Greens & Gari: Reflections on the Partnership between North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana
Samuel Owusu-Ofori and Minnie Battle Mayes, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Chapter 9: Social Justice and Capacity Building: A New Model for Strategic International Partnerships at Liberal Arts Colleges
Kiran Cunningham and Joseph L. Brockington, Kalamazoo College
Nita Kumar, Claremont McKenna College and NIRMAN
Jonas Redwood-Sawyerr, University of Sierra Leone
Abu Sesay, Njala University (Sierra Leone)

Chapter 10: Managing Partnerships for Success and Sustainability: The Daegu Gyeongbuk English Village Partnership
Anthony J. Shull, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Chapter 11: Building Institutional Capacity for Establishing Successful Higher Education Partnerships: An Ethiopian Case Study
Cheryl Francisconi, Institute of International Education Sub-Saharan Africa

Chapter 12: Building International Partnerships Based on Common Goals and Mission:
Four Case Studies from the University of California, Davis
William B. Lacy and Jennifer N. Wade, University of California, Davis

Chapter 13: Enhancing Global Engineering Education and Research: Building Institutional Partnerships with China
Yating Haller and Eckhard A. Groll, Purdue University

Chapter 14: Developing Research-Based Partnerships: Florida A&M University’s U.S.-Brazil Cross-Cultural Initiative
Clifford Louime and Joseph V. Jones, Florida A&M University
Terry-Ann Jones, Fairfield University
Partnering through Networks and Consortia

Chapter 15: Building Networks for Technology-Based Student Engagement: East Carolina University’s Global Understanding Model
Rosina C. Chia, Elmer C. Poe, and Biwu Yang, East Carolina University

Chapter 16: The Story of a Network from the Beginning: The Dorich House Group of European Universities
Joan-Anton Carbonell, Kingston University

Chapter 17: Establishing International Linkages at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: The Case of Winston-Salem State University
Peggy Valentine, Jessica Bailey, and Joti Sekhon, Winston-Salem State University

Chapter 18: Success Factors in Developing a U.S.-Brazilian Educational Partnership Program
Nader Asgary and Hans Thamhain, Bentley University

Chapter 19: Perspectives on the Successful Start-up of Study Abroad Programs in Higher Education: The Faculty Perspective
K. Peter Kuchinke, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Chapter 20: Breaking the Boundaries across Nations through International Partnership Programs: Lessons from a Student Exchange Consortia Program
Luis O. Tedeschi, Cathryn Clement, and Kim E. Dooley, Texas A&M University

Chapter 21: How to Develop International Partnerships with U.S. Institutions: Moving from Feel-Good Agreements to Real Agreements
Fanta Aw and Leeanne Dunsmore, American University

Chapter 22: How Institutions in Developing Countries Can Form Sustainable International Partnerships: Experiences from India
P. J. Lavakare, Symbiosis International University

Chapter 23: Exporting the Community College Model: A Lesson in Thinking Locally While Acting Globally
Mary S. Spangler and Art Tyler, Houston Community College

Chapter 24: The British Council’s UK-U.S. New Partnership Fund
Elizabeth Shepherd, British Council in Hong Kong

Chapter 25: Advancing French-American Partnerships: The Partner University Fund
Pascal Delisle, French Embassy in Washington D.C.


International Academic Partnerships: Twenty-Five Sample Activities Criteria for Selecting International Partner Institutions
Susan Buck Sutton, Bryn Mawr College

Beyond Handshakes and Signing Ceremonies: Leveraging Institutional Agreements to Foster Broad and Deep International Partnerships
Tim Barnes, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Templates for Establishing International Partnerships
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Kalamazoo College, Purdue University