How to Create an Internationalization and Global Partnerships Strategy

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How to Create an Internationalization and Global Partnerships Strategy

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As the world becomes more interconnected, universities are uncovering more and more opportunities to benefit from international partnerships. While historically these partnerships were often ad-hoc affairs driven by unit leaders, the growing complexity of international challenges and increasing global competition requires a more centralized and prioritized approach.

International partnerships have been around for decades, but their value has grown in recent years as competition for students, academic programming, and research funding has increased. While in the past toothless MOUs and off book faculty-to-faculty engagements were sufficient, the increase in geopolitical complexities requires institutions to investment in a centralized, coordinated internationalization and global partnership strategy that deploys both bottom-up and top-down tactics.

Sessions

In this roundtable series, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • See how institutions around the world are developing, deploying, and executing a global partnerships strategy.
  • See examples of how institutions are breaking down silos and complementing engagements across student recruitment, student exchange, academic programming, research, and development, and the tactics leaders in this field are using to break into new markets and craft an international brand.
  • Have the opportunity to participate in small group discussions to ask questions, share experiences, and brainstorm ideas to enhance their internationalization efforts.

This series will take place over three sessions: leaders may register for all three sessions, pick from the topics based on their interests and priorities, or delegate members of their teams to attend accordingly.

Following this session, participants will be able to articulate a vision for an international partnership strategy and identify the steps needed to create and deploy that strategy. They will be able to connect their existing collaborations with institutional strengths and priorities to devise more integrated arrangements, and use proven case studies to frame opportunities both internally and external. Participants will have the tools needed to make smarter decisions on which partnerships to pursue, what resources faculty and unit leaders need, and what internal investments are necessary to expand academic and research collaborations.

Use the drop-down in the banner above to register for one of the sessions. Sessions are best suited for (A)VP Global Engagement, (A)VP International, Chief Research Officer, Provost, Assistant Provost. Registration for each session is limited to two attendees per institution.

Participants will unpack the steps necessary to bring disparate global collaborations together into a single international portfolio. Topics covered include the various models for creating an international strategy champion, tactics to create a database of existing partnerships and international relationships on campus, methods to identify institutional strengths and align partnerships with university goals, and early guidance on leveraging this vision to craft an international brand. Leaders will also have the chance to share in small-group discussions their current partnership portfolio strategy and the types of partnerships that drive their communications.

  • Tuesday, April 13
    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Eastern Time
    (This session is at capacity)
  • Wednesday, May 5
    12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m.
    Eastern Time

Participants will delve into the barriers preventing faculty, departmental, and collegiate leaders from executing high-value partnerships, and the ways senior leaders can help them overcome them. Topics covered include deterrents to international partnerships, foreign interference and cybersecurity concerns, methods to incentivize and engage faculty in international efforts, and levers leaders can pull to reduce risks to institutional finances and reputation. Leaders will also have the chance to share in small-group discussions the methods they have found most successful in encouraging bottom-up pursuits.

  • Tuesday, April 27
    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Eastern Time
    (This session is at capacity)
  • Wednesday, May 12
    12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m.
    Eastern Time

Participants will explore a variety of successful case studies involving international institutions engaging in multi-functional, integrated partnerships. Topics include tactics for breaking into new markets or expanding activities within existing partnerships, suggestions for data and observations to collect when monitoring current partnership success, and ways to communicate the impact and ROI of strong collaborations. Leaders will also be asked to share in small-group discussions an example of an impactful international partnership on their campus, detailing current strengths as well as opportunities for further collaboration.

  • Tuesday, May 4
    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Eastern Time
    (This session is at capacity)
  • Wednesday, May 19
    12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m.
    Eastern Time

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