The strategic implications of different forms of international collaboration: Creating an interactive online toolkit to analyse the impacts of collaborations on institutional stakeholders

  • Start date: 2008-08-01
  • End date: 2011-07-31
  • Amount: £200,000
  • Status: complete
  • Funding Initiative: NTFS - Projects

Higher Education Institutions are engaging in a widening range of international collaborations which are accepted to be an integral element of higher education. Schemes may involve individual institutions, consortia of institutions, national agencies, and international bodies. Such collaborations bring together students and administrators from different cultures of learning, with different expectations and definitions of their new situation; hence there are potential risks which accompany the intended benefits. There exist, however, a large number of previous and current collaborations which can provide institutions considering beginning a collaboration with object lessons: examples of best practice in similar schemes, and warnings of pitfalls to avoid.

This project will carry out an extensive review of existing practices and compile case-studies presenting the dilemmas and decisions of different forms of collaboration. These case studies, in the final phase of the project, will enable the design of an interactive online tool. This tool will allow institutions to enter details of an intended collaboration and so generate a customised analysis. This analysis will be based on previous experiences within the sector, and therefore better inform the design of new schemes and so reduce risks and maximise benefits for all stakeholders concerned.

  • University of Northampton

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