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Press Release

For Immediate Release

Sharon Witherell, IIE

Leena Soman, IIE

Mike Liberty, AIFS

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 6, 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 online.

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.

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


About the 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).

The American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS) Foundation

The American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS) Foundation, 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.

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