Connecting Four Continents: A Case Study of a Multi-Institution Dual Degree Partnership

Daniel Guhr
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This session is based on a case study of the creation in a short period of time and a rigorous analytical manner of a highly attractive set of linkages connecting institutions on four continents. In this instance, the Melbourne Law School (MLS) led an effort to provide its students with the opportunity to earn combined graduate degrees from either New York University, Oxford University, or the Chinese University Hong Kong. As a result, MLS students can earn two law degrees in only a fraction more time than it takes to earn a MLS degree. The MLS was able to sign up attractive and selective partner institutions based on extensive research and preparation (balancing dozens of factors), as well as a concerted effort to communicate the value proposition of the proposed dual degree model to its partners. Students will acquire two degrees which provides them with enhanced national as well as international career options, reflecting the globalizing workplace requirements for today’s graduates.

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CONAHEC's 13th North American Higher Education Conference - Houston 2010
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Join leaders and practitioners of higher education, business, government and students at Rice University in the city of Houston, Texas for CONAHEC’s 13th North American Higher Education Conference!North Americans share many historical, cultural, and linguistic bonds and have many common issues to face. Since the signing of NAFTA, our region has become the largest trading block in the world, inextricably linked by growing economic ties. Leaders in North America recognize that regional and individual community prosperity depends largely on the global competencies of our future professionals -- today's students.A decade and a half into NAFTA, it is evident that our region must develop stronger, more productive and more resilient linkages both internally and with other world regions. Governmental and educational leaders acknowledge that higher education institutions in North America must be more proactive in offering students opportunities to gain international expertise by becoming more internationally oriented while simultaneously strengthening local connections in their teaching, research and public service functions. Higher education has an important role to play in strengthening North America and connecting it with the rest of the world.