Partnerships and Collaboration

Web Resources

Flowchart for Creating International Articulation Agreements (NAFSA,2009):   A sample flow chart from the University of Cincinnati provides a sample of roles and responsibilities when negotiating dual degree programs.

Publications (Free)

U.K.-U.S. Higher Education Partnerships: Firm Foundations and Promising Pathways (ACE, 2017) endeavors to provide an analysis of bilateral higher education collaboration, challenges, and opportunities for deeper engagement going forward.

U.S.-Mexico Higher Education Engagement (ACE, 2017)is a comprehensive assessment of U.S.-Mexico higher education engagement.  Specifically, this report includes a broad inventory of existing collaborative activity, an examination of trends and challenges, and data-based recommendations for policy and practice.  The report offers five key conclusions that summarize the current landscape of U.S.-Mexico higher education engagement.

Internationalization in Action – International Partnerships  (ACE, 2017)

  • Part One: Definitions and Dimensions is the first in a four-part series that explores the nature and practice of international academic partnerships. Here, we set the stage for the series by examining the changing landscape of such relationships, and offering frameworks for thinking about the various goals, structures, and impacts they encompass.
  • Part Two: Strategic Planning is the second in a four-part series on developing and implementing international partnerships. The first installment, Definitions and Dimensions, presented a broad overview of partnership types in order to set the stage for deeper discussion of how such relationships play out in practice. Here, we turn our attention to the campus level, and focus on institution-level strategic planning for partnership activity.

Building International Connections for U.S. Universities: Fulbright Scholar Program (CIES):  A report on the ongoing impact Fulbright Scholars have on the internationalization of their home campuses after their return.  The report includes data and case studies on how returned Fulbright Scholars internationalize curricula, promote study abroad, attract foreign students and faculty, and enhance the global engagement of their communities.   An executive summary of the report is also available.

Challenges and Opportunities for the Global Engagement of Higher Education (ACE, 2014): Part of a series called CIGE Insights: Global Higher Education, this paper explores key issues surrounding the global engagement of higher education, and asserts that institutions are better served in partnerships abroad if they have undergone the process of comprehensive internationalization first. Topics include models for collaboration, institutional “foreign relations” policies, fiscal motivations for global engagement, and higher education‘s role in national interests and public diplomacy.

Code of Ethics for Education Abroad (Forum on Education Abroad, 2011):  The Code of Ethics provides direction to institutions and organizations involved in education abroad, assisting organizations to provide services in accord with the highest ethical standards. The  Code is the culmination of exhaustive research, discussion, and consensus-building among education abroad, legal and ethics professionals.

International Briefs for Higher Education Leaders (ACE): Developed by ACE’s Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement in partnership with the Boston College Center for International Higher Education, the International Briefs for Higher Education Leaders series is designed to help inform strategic decisions about international programming and initiatives. Aimed at senior university executives who need a quick but incisive perspective on international issues and trends, the Briefs offer analysis and commentary on key countries and topics of importance to higher education worldwide.

International Higher Education Partnerships: A Global Review of Standards and Practices (ACE): Part of a series called CIGE Insights, this paper is based on an analysis of standards of good practice set forth by organizations in the U.S. and around the world. The paper identifies key issues entailed in developing and implementing sound international partnerships, and explores strategies for addressing them effectively. Examples and advice from a variety of programs and institutions are included.

Leading the Globally-Engaged Institution: New Directions, Choices and Dilemmas (ACE, 2013): Part of a series called CIGE Insights, this paper explores issues discussed by North American and European institutional leaders at the summer 2012 Trans-Atlantic Dialogue, including the impact of the economic downturn on internationalization efforts, the role of student mobility, curriculum, and co-curriculum in internationalization, language and cultural issues inherent in global engagement, and student learning assessment.

Principles and Guidelines for Establishing Joint Academic Programs and Campuses Abroad (AAU, 2014) A guide for universities in establishing joint academic programs and campuses abroad with international university partners.

Public-Private Partnerships (NAFSA, 2012) Public-private partnerships create access to valuable private sector resources to sustain important teaching, research, and service functions. What constitutes a public-private partnership, how do they function best, what are the challenges they present and the potential benefits they offer?

Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad (5th edition, Forum on Education Abroad, 2015):  Recognized by the US federal government as the Standards Development Organization for education  abroad, the goal of the Forum’s  Standards  of Good Practice is to improve practices in education abroad, so that  students’ international educational experiences are as rich and meaningful as possible.

Strength Through Global Leadership and Engagement: U.S. Higher Education in the 21st Century (ACE): To address changes taking place on the international education landscape, ACE convened the Blue Ribbon Panel on Global Engagement in 2010. The Panel met over the course of the year to assess what ACE must do to support the global engagement of U.S. higher education institutions. The Panel, consisting of higher education leaders appointed by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad, analyzed the current environment and developed a body of principles and practices that can serve as a framework for further global engagement by colleges and universities.

Transforming Internationalization through Partnerships (NAFSA, 2010): An article from NAFSA’s International Educator magazine by Susan Buck Sutton of IUPUI, in which she discusses the shift from transactional to transformational partnerships.

Publications for Purchase

Developing Strategic International Partnerships (IIE) features an instructive panorama of partnership programs from around the world, and offers recommendations, models, and strategies for initiating, managing, and sustaining a range of international linkages. It aims to be a practical resource for institutions that wish to build or expand linkages with higher education institutions worldwide.

Higher Education in Africa: Equity, Access, Opportunity (IIE) : Authors address the challenging triad of access, quality and cost in African higher education, with special attention on four countries: Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.

Innovation through Education: Building the Knowledge Economy in the Middle East (IIE): In this report, authors from a wide range of institutions and organizations describe and analyze current innovations, trends, and issues that countries and institutions in the Middle East are facing as they move toward educational reform and development, as well as exchange projects between Middle Eastern countries and the U.S.

International India: A Turning Point in Educational Exchange with the U.S. (IIE): Book features discussions by thought leaders from across the U.S. and India on the most current trends and topic in higher education exchanges between two of the world’s largest democracies. This publication is the most comprehensive volume in recent years to focus on U.S.-India higher education exchanges at a critical moment in this important relationship, and its chapters address myriad subjects, from trends in student mobility between the two countries to best practices, challenges and opportunities in institutional partnerships, as well as current issues like entrepreneurship and engineering education.

International Partnerships: Guidelines for Colleges and Universities (ACE):  This publication describes the fundamentals of planning, developing, and implementing international partnerships.

NAFSA’s Guide to Cooperating with a University in the United States (NAFSA): A practical guide for professionals abroad seeking linkage agreements.

On the Ground Overseas: U.S. Degree Programs and Branch Campuses Abroad (ACE): Drawing on a roundtable of U.S. campus leaders who have established degree programs or campuses abroad, this publication outlines the lessons learned from their experiences.

Open Doors 2014 Report on International Educational Exchange (IIE): This publication provides a long-standing, comprehensive statistical analysis of academic mobility between the United States and the nations of the world. Features graphic displays, especially data maps, tables, figures and to-the-point policy-oriented analysis. A complete set of tables in this book is the essential resource for those concerned with the explosive growth in the worldwide movement of students around the globe.


AAC&U Annual Meeting (AAC&U): This year was AAC&U’s Centennial Annual Meeting—“Liberal Education, Global Flourishing, and the Equity Imperative”—which will examined the multiple meanings of “global flourishing” for individuals and society. Click on Session Materials, under Resources, to find session PowerPoints, handouts, and other useful resources. AAC&U’s Annual Meeting is held each year in January.

ACE Annual Meeting (ACE): This yearly meeting enables U.S. leaders and their colleagues from other countries to build their networks, examine key issues, and share solutions.

AIEA Internationalization Dialogues (AIEA): AIEA coordinates annual internationalization dialogues with sister organizations in other countries. Open to members of AIEA.

The International Academic Partnerships Program (IIE): funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), this is a major initiative of IIE’s Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education and seeks to increase the number of international partnerships between higher education institutions in the U.S. and those in India and China. Over the course of a year, the 2011 IAPP Program will engage a select group of 10 U.S. higher education institutions to facilitate the formation of international partnerships with institutions in China. The IAPP Program is open to all accredited U.S. colleges and universities.

NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo: The largest annual event in international higher education, NAFSA’s conference brings together close to 10,000 educators from over 100 countries for workshops, sessions, and networking events.

Transatlantic Dialogues (ACE): This series of biannual meetings with the European associations provide an opportunity for higher education leaders from the U.S., Canada, and Europe to engage in in-depth conversations on contemporary higher education issues.

Programs & Institutes

AACC Global Partnership Delegation to China (AACC): Each Fall AACC takes a delegation of community college Presidents and Vice Presidents to China.  The trip consists of (1) a conference in Beijing to promote understanding, explore higher education challenges in the U.S. and China, and develop mutually beneficial programs and partnerships; and (2) visits to potential partner Chinese vocational and technical institutions outside of Beijing that includes opportunities to expand knowledge of Chinese history and culture.  Participating colleges then have an opportunity to host Chinese senior administrators on their campus for a leadership training program.

The Center for Liberal Education and Civic Engagement (AAC&U):  Central location for AAC&U’s transnational collaboration with the International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility and Democracy and the Council of Europe. Through this work, AAC&U plans to help make available opportunities for collaboration across nations in an effort to cultivate higher education for democratic societies.

IIE’s Global Partnership Service (GPS) offers expertise to higher education institutions around the world seeking academic partnerships in the United States. GPS utilizes IIE’s 90+ years of experience working with the U.S. higher education community to identify potential partners according to your institution’s specifications. GPS also reaches out to the IIE membership network of over 1,100 institutions to convey your partnership interests and attract high-quality prospective partners. GPS is designed to provide strategic guidance for more streamlined relationship-building and management, and ultimately more effective partnerships between institutions in the U.S. and those in other countries.

The International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP),  (IIE) originally funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), seeks to increase the number of international partnerships between higher education institutions in the U.S. and those abroad. In this yearlong program, institutions participate in a number of training activities focused on implementing and sustaining partnerships with higher education institutions in a focus country. The current IAPP focus countries are India and Brazil.

Institute of International Education (IIE): Founded in 1919, IIE is an independent non-profit organization and a world leader in the exchange of people and ideas, with 20 offices around the globe advancing IIE’s mission of “Opening Minds to the World”.  Many Fulbright faculty grantees are mandated by their home institutions to investigate opportunities for long-term partnerships and collaboration during the course of their grants.