Making the Link: An Exploration of the Relationship Between International Partnerships and Campus Internationalization

Olson Christa, Adelman Alan, Leander Lisa & Jimenez Gema
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Increasingly, leaders in higher education are advancing internationalization as an institutional priority to ensure that their institutions are graduating globally-competent students. Partnerships are a cornerstone of an internationalization strategy. Although partnerships that enable the flow of people between institutions have great potential for influence upon those traveling, it is not always explicit how partnerships contribute to the infusion of international content into the teaching, research and service functions of the institution. This session will explore how this link can be made more explicit and how this relationship can be enhanced. It will offer principles of good practice drawing from recent work on institutional partnerships. It will also present a research protocol and instruments developed for a Fulbright-funded research project to be conducted with institutions in Mexico (spring 2009) and Canada (Fall 2009). Participants will be invited to comment and reflect about possible application of the instruments at their institutions.

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CONAHEC's 12th North American Higher Education Conference - Monterrey 2008
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Join leaders and practitioners of higher education, business, government and students in the city of Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico for CONAHEC’s 12th North American Higher Education Conference! North Americans share many historical, cultural, and linguistic bonds and many common issues to face. With the signing of NAFTA in 1994, our region has become 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. Governmental and educational leaders acknowledge that higher education institutions in North America must be more proactive and offer students opportunities to gain international expertise by becoming more internationally oriented while strengthening local connections in their teaching, research and public service functions.More than a decade after NAFTA was launched, it is increasingly evident that our region cannot isolate itself, but must rather develop stronger and more productive linkages both internally and with other world regions. Higher education has an important role to play in connecting North America with the rest of the world. Together, we will revitalize the North American higher education collaborative agenda for the new political, economic and educational context in which we live today.