Strategic Implications of International Collaborations in Higher Education


This website presents the outcomes of a three-year project concerning international collaborations in higher education. Such collaborations bring together students, teachers, 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. This project researched previous and current collaborations in order to provide institutions with examples of best practice in similar schemes, and warnings of pitfalls to avoid. The project has produced different chapters which summarise aspects of international collaborations, and several case-studies presenting the dilemmas and decisions of different collaborations. The project has collected together learning points from these texts to create an interactive online tool. This tool allows institutions to enter details of an intended collaboration, and then generates a report based on previous experiences within the sector. This should therefore inform the design of new schemes and so reduce risks and maximise benefits for all stakeholders concerned.

The topic of internationalising higher education is vast, and the aspects covered in this project include: institutional strategies of internationalisation, student experience, transnational education (TNE), quality assurance, Europeanisation, collaborations concerning development, resources, staff development, use of agents, students' unions, and online learning. Areas not included, because they are themselves such vast undertakings, are the creation of overseas campuses and large multilateral research projects.

The materials can be accessed in two ways:

This tool is part of the Strategic Implications of International Collaborations in HE (Intercollab) Project. For more information about this project please visit our website InterCollab Project Website.