Strategic partnerships are increasingly important resources for international higher education institutions. Following up on a blog post on networking to reach individual goals, we now zoom into networking to reach institutional goals. As you prepare for the 27th Annual EAIE Conference in Glasgow from 15 to 18 September, here is a handy step-by-step little guide to help you capitalise on all the amazing institutional-level networking opportunities you’ll encounter.
Category ‘Strategic networks’
There are legitimate reasons for higher education institutions to engage in international academic partnerships. The financial reason; the ‘everyone else is doing it so let’s tell the world we are global too’ one; the strategic ‘putting a flag down somewhere’ one; and the opportunities for students. Yet, beyond the financial agreement, curriculum, and international visibility, what is often missing from an enduring partnership engagement is the importance of the role of faculty. Faculty are the face of the partnership, the glue. If we fail, partnerships may quickly unravel.
Partnerships make institutional relations stronger, especially if they are strategic. We do not only learn to share resources, but also how to receive them. This interconnection can enhance both the relationships with partner universities and between our domestic and international students.
‘Ready for take-off: calls, funding, pilots, upscaling’: with this inspiring title, the Groningen Declaration Network (GDN) held its fourth annual meeting in Malaga, Spain this past May. So just what is this network all about? It’s actually simpler than it may sound with a name which many struggle to pronounce. The aim of the GDN is to develop a global network bringing together centralised student data depositories, higher education institutions, and all other stakeholders in the Digital Student Data Ecosystem to make digital student data portability (DSDP) a reality.
North-South partnerships appear to remain the dominant model in the current context of internationalisation of higher education in South Africa. Partnerships involving institutions in the Global North can face considerable challenges, particularly with regard to questions of power and influence as well as mutual benefit. This article summarises the outcomes of a recent workshop concerning principles underlying equal and ethical North-South higher education partnerships.
The internationalisation of business and management education can be seen as a response to the globalisation of educational markets worldwide. Just like operatives in other industries touched by globalisation, management education providers have adopted different strategies in their search for progress and legitimacy. There is no doubt that business and management schools have shared elements of practice but, fundamentally, business education remains a theatre for strategic choice.
Has it ever happened to you that you feel you do not speak the same language as other people at your university? Have you ever come back from a conference or an international meeting with loads of new ideas to implement at your own institution and you are met with, at most, cold indifference or plain disbelief? Learn about an innovative approach to cooperation among international offices from The Green Cockatoo, winner of the 2014 Bo Gregersen Award for Best Practice. Continue Reading »
Are international education associations living in their own bubble? What do they do to create access and equity for people and ideas from emerging or developing countries? How can they work together to advance the internationalisation of the higher education agenda? These were some of the questions contemplated by the leaders of key international higher education organisations who gathered in Port Elizabeth, South Africa last week to discuss the future agenda of the internationalisation of higher education. Continue Reading »
What constitutes African higher education? Does it involve a European-like system? What challenges and opportunities is it facing? How should European higher education institutions (HEIs) interact with African HEIs? In December, a special event is taking place in Brussels to discuss these very questions. The seminar, ‘For mutual gain: Euro-African cooperation in higher education’ will focus specifically on cooperation between European and African HEIs.