Wednesday, March 21, 2012

New Book: Developing Strategic International Partnerships: Models for Initiating and Sustaining Innovative Institutional Linkages edited by Susan Buck Sutton and Daniel Obst

I want to highlight a relatively new book in the field for IHEC Blog readers.  I have been wanting to post about this new book since it was released back on December 5, 2011 but my busy schedule prevented that from happening.  Additionally, I wanted to read as much of the book as possible before posting which is why I'm posting today and not back in December.  

Developing Strategic International Partnerships: Models for Initiating and Sustaining Innovative Institutional Linkages is edited by Susan Buck Sutton and Daniel Obst and published by the Institute of International Education with support from the AIFS Foundation.  This publication is the sixth report in the IIE/AIFS Foundation Global Education Research Reports series [I have reports 1-4 and now 6 in my Bury Book International Education Library & Archive].

This book is a key resource of IIE’s Center for International Partnerships, which supports colleges and universities in developing strategies and identifying institutional partners (

I have read a majority of Developing Strategic International Partnerships and I have found it to be invaluable to my work in my current professional position at The Booth School of Business at The University of Chicago.  My work in the International Programs Office at Chicago Booth [where I started working in September 2011] has a heavy focus on international partnerships for the International Business Exchange Program (IBEP) that I manage and Developing Strategic International Partnerships could not have been published at a better time for me as much of that work is new to me!

While I was reading Developing Strategic International Partnerships I could not help from straying away from the practical insight this book provides me to how this book feeds my scholarly and research interests in the field.  This book has generated a number of research questions for me ponder! 

The Table of Contents follows:


Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO, IIE
William L. Gertz, President and CEO, AIFS

The Changing Landscape of International Partnerships
Susan Buck Sutton, Bryn Mawr College
Daniel Obst, Institute of International Education

Approaching Partnerships Strategically
Chapter 1: Intentionality in International Engagement: Identifying Potential Strategic International Partnerships
Tim Barnes, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Chapter 2: Managing Partnerships of Strategic Importance
Ann B. Radwan, St. Cloud State University

Chapter 3: Mobilizing Your Institution for Strategic International Partnerships
Helen Foster and Ian Jones, The University of Nottingham

Chapter 4: From Grand Plan to Working Web, with Patience and Flexibility: The University of Washington’s Partnership with Sichuan University
Stevan Harrell and Thomas M. Hinckley, University of Washington, Seattle

Models for Managing and Sustaining International Partnerships
Chapter 5: Identifying and Selecting Appropriate Partner Institutions
Sabine C. Klahr, University of Utah in Salt Lake City

Chapter 6: Defining Your X-Factor for Healthy Communication in Transnational Partnerships
Adria L. Baker, Rice University

Chapter 7: Using Global Gateway Offices as a Model for Expanding International Partnerships
William I. Brustein and Maureen E. Miller, The Ohio State University

Chapter 8: Grits, Greens & Gari: Reflections on the Partnership between North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana
Samuel Owusu-Ofori and Minnie Battle Mayes, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Community Partnerships and Capacity Building
Chapter 9: Social Justice and Capacity Building: A New Model for Strategic International Partnerships at Liberal Arts Colleges
Kiran Cunningham and Joseph L. Brockington, Kalamazoo College
Nita Kumar, Claremont McKenna College and NIRMAN
Jonas Redwood-Sawyerr, University of Sierra Leone
Abu Sesay, Njala University (Sierra Leone)

Chapter 10: Managing Partnerships for Success and Sustainability: The Daegu Gyeongbuk English Village Partnership
Anthony J. Shull, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Chapter 11: Building Institutional Capacity for Establishing Successful Higher Education Partnerships: An Ethiopian Case Study
Cheryl Francisconi, Institute of International Education Sub-Saharan Africa

Designing Research Partnerships
Chapter 12: Building International Partnerships Based on Common Goals and Mission: Four Case Studies from the University of California, Davis
William B. Lacy and Jennifer N. Wade, University of California, Davis

Chapter 13: Enhancing Global Engineering Education and Research: Building Institutional Partnerships with China
Yating Haller and Eckhard A. Groll, Purdue University

Chapter 14: Developing Research-Based Partnerships: Florida A&M University’s U.S.-Brazil Cross-Cultural Initiative
Clifford Louime and Joseph V. Jones, Florida A&M University; Terry-Ann Jones, Fairfield University

Partnering through Networks and Consortia
Chapter 15: Building Networks for Technology-Based Student Engagement: East Carolina University’s Global Understanding Model
Rosina C. Chia, Elmer C. Poe, and Biwu Yang, East Carolina University

Chapter 16: The Story of a Network from the Beginning: The Dorich House Group of European Universities
Joan-Anton Carbonell, Kingston University

Meeting Challenges and Lessons Learned
Chapter 17: Establishing International Linkages at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: The Case of Winston-Salem State University
Peggy Valentine, Jessica Bailey, and Joti Sekhon,Winston-Salem State University

Chapter 18: Success Factors in Developing a U.S.-Brazilian Educational Partnership Program
Nader Asgary and Hans Thamhain, Bentley University

Chapter 19: Perspectives on the Successful Start-up of Study Abroad Programs in Higher Education: The Faculty Perspective
K. Peter Kuchinke, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Chapter 20: Breaking the Boundaries across Nations through International Partnership Programs: Lessons from a Student Exchange Consortia Program
Luis O. Tedeschi, Cathryn Clement, and Kim E. Dooley, Texas A&M University

Developing Partnerships with U.S. Institutions
Chapter 21: How to Develop International Partnerships with U.S. Institutions: Moving from Feel-Good Agreements to Real Agreements
Fanta Aw and Leeanne Dunsmore, American University

Chapter 22: How Institutions in Developing Countries Can Form Sustainable International Partnerships: Experiences from India
P. J. Lavakare, Symbiosis International University

Chapter 23: Exporting the Community College Model: A Lesson in Thinking Locally While Acting Globally
Mary S. Spangler and Art Tyler, Houston Community College

Planting the Seeds for Partnerships: National Level Efforts in Europe
Chapter 24: The British Council’s UK-U.S. New Partnership Fund 
Elizabeth Shepherd, British Council in Hong Kong

Chapter 25: Advancing French-American Partnerships: The Partner University Fund
Pascal Delisle, French Embassy in Washington DC

International Academic Partnerships: Twenty-Five Sample Activities
Criteria for Selecting International Partner Institutions
Susan Buck Sutton, Bryn Mawr College
Beyond Handshakes and Signing Ceremonies: Leveraging Institutional Agreements to Foster Broad and Deep International Partnerships
Tim Barnes, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Templates for Establishing International Partnerships
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Kalamazoo College, Purdue University
IIE Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education

You can learn more about Developing Strategic International Partnerships via IIE's Research and Publication website.

Note:  I receive no financial compensation or other benefits for posting about this publication other than the receipt of an advanced copy.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

5 Years and 900+ Posts on International Higher Education Consulting Blog

Just over five years ago, on February 4, 2007, I decided to start International Higher Education Consulting Blog (aka IHEC Blog) and put up my first post "Initiatives in 2006 to Increase Diversity in Education Abroad".  I didn't know what I was doing (a quick look at the URL <> I came up with demonstrates that!) but I knew I wanted to create my own international education space on the internet where I could inform, provoke, engage and archive.  I hope I have done that...

IHEC Blog pushed me to create related internet properties and I have enjoyed playing in these spaces as well.  I've met many great people along the way.  Some I have met in person and for some our paths have yet to cross!  

IHEC Blog has gone farther than I ever imagined.  Today, IHEC Blog is one of five blogs worldwide selected by the New York Times editors to feed into the 'Headlines Around the Web' area of the International Education section of the New York Times online.  

I've been doing much thinking about IHEC Blog the last several months and where to take it next.  Any significant changes will come after I complete my dissertation which takes a long time to complete when you have a full-time job and three young children so later in 2012 or early 2013 is now the target.  I do hope to have more guest bloggers and perhaps a regular contributor join the fun [more on this development once finally confirmed] and I'm very excited for this to happen!

Thanks to everyone who has come along for the ride and I look forward to more years to come!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

New report “Trends in International Student Mobility” by Dr. Rahul Choudaha and released by World Education Services (WES)

A new research report from World Education Services (WES), “Trends in International Student Mobility.” Written by Dr. Rahul Choudaha, director of WES Research & Advisory Services (RAS), the report will provide an in-depth understanding of the trends and issues related to international student enrollment, helping institutional leaders and administrators make informed decisions and effectively set priorities for 2012 and beyond.

Dr. Choudaha’s research highlights several key trends and patterns of international student mobility, including:
  • Emerging source countries, such as Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Mexico, and Brazil,
  • Non-traditional states in the U.S. witnessing significant growth, such as Montana, Oregon and Colorado,
  • Enrollment growth at the Bachelor’s level and how it is outstripping growth at the Master’s and Doctoral levels ,
  • How English as a Second Language (ESL) programs are emerging as an important pathway to the U.S. for international students, most notably from Saudi Arabia, and
  • How institutions can become more prompt and efficient in achieving their recruitment goals, such as through the use of recruitment service providers and social media.
I received early access to the report and after reading it I feel that many IHEC Blog readers would be interested in learning more about it.  The report was published on March 1, 2012 through World Education News & Reviews (, the monthly newsletter published by WES which I have been subscribing to for years. Dr. Choudaha will also be hosting a free webinar on March 16, 2012 discussing his research – more information on that can be found on the WES website.

Dr. Choudaha wrote a guest post here on IHEC Blog entitled "Indian Engineering Education in Peril" back in November 2009 and you can access his post here.

I also recommend that you follow Dr. Choudaha's blog Dr. Education at  Dr. Education is one of my favorite blogs to read because it holds true to its description as it provides insights on international higher education and cross-functional and data-driven perspectives.  If you are on Twitter I also recommend you follow @DrEducationBlog  here.