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.


  1. A question I have, is the book mostly for and written by academics or is is written by people engaged in high level international business?


    Wade Dupuis - Partner
    Foundry Strategic Partners

    1. @Wade ~ Thanks for your question. The book is mostly for and written by academics rather than those engaged in international business.

    2. Thank you for the quick reply.

  2. This book has an impressive selection of examples of many different types of collaborations from all parts of the world. It provides excellent case studies on how the collaboration worked and the value it had with all of the stakeholders.

    Thanks for posting this on your blog. It is very interesting reading.

    Julie Gallanty