Jakarta, Indonesia, 8-9 June 2009
The concept of partnership has been ‘en vogue' for quite a while in defining relations between universities around the world. Universities are looking for international partners for a variety of strategic or opportunistic reasons. They wish to combine each others strength in teaching and/or research, to exchange staff and students, to get access to brains, funds and markets, to diversify their student population and faculty, to become part of the global academic arena.
The Asia Link and Erasmus Mundus programmes of the European Union are based on the partnership model, involving the collaboration between universities from Europe and Asian universities. Similar programmes exist with other regions and the partnership has become a key objective in the European Union's support of Europe's universities.
This workshop explored the added value of international partnerships in higher education for achieving academic and institutional goals. It focused on conditions which influence decisions on establishing international academic partnerships with institutions abroad. It looked at the opportunities and challenges involved in initiating and maintaining sustainable academic partnerships. Finally, it analyzed the institutional benefits (e.g. in terms of academic quality enhancement, access to research grounds, brains and funds) that may result from such partnerships.
Experiences with partnerships in programmes and projects in which European and Asian institutes collaborate formed the basis for the discussions.
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