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Avoiding the Pitfalls in International Collaborations - A Case Study

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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International Division Technical Session 1

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Cem Karacal Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

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Dr. Cem Karacal is a Professor of Industrial Engineering and Dean of the School of Engineering at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He obtained his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from Oklahoma State University in 1991 and 1986, respectively. His received his B.Sc. degree from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey in 1982. He has experience in industry and academia. His main research and teaching interest areas are simulation modeling, quality control, operations research, and facilities layout. Before joining to SIUE he worked at Rochester Institute of Technology as a faculty member and Computer Integrated Manufacturing System project coordinator for RIT's integrated circuit factory. He is a senior member of IIE and SME, and a member of ASEE, Alpha Pi Mu and Tau Beta Pi.

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Hasan Sevim Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

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Dr. Hasan Sevim obtained his B.S. degree in mining engineering in 1974 from Istanbul Technical University, Turkey. He obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 1978 and 1984, respectively, from Columbia University, New York. In 1984, he joined the College of Engineering at Southern Illinois University (SIU), Carbondale as an assistant professor in the Department of Mining Engineering. He served as the Associate Dean of the College of Engineering from 1998 to 2006. He was appointed Dean of the School of Engineering at SIU Edwardsville in August 2006. He retired in 2016.

Until 2000, most of Dr. Sevim’s publications were in mine systems optimization and open pit mine production planning. After 2000, in parallel with his administrative appointments, he mostly published in the area of engineering education.

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Globalization trends in commerce and industry have led institutions of higher education to do the same, as evidenced by the rapidly growing number of exchange, transfer, and various collaborative programs between universities in the United States and abroad. Despite the advantages of such partnerships, there may be pitfalls if agreements are not carefully drafted at the beginning. In this paper, we will share our experience with an institution in Turkey. A University in the USA entered a dual-diploma program in industrial engineering with B in Turkey in 2007. The rectors in Turkey are appointed by the president of the country for a four-year term, renewable for one more term by the president. Typically, the new rector appoints his/her entire administrative cadre, including the deans. This appointment practice affects the institutional memory and can cause difficulties in smooth transitions of operations. A worked with three different groups of B administrators since 2007. The dual-diploma program established in 2007 has been very successful. A received praise from all three groups of B administrators. However, this program was abruptly terminated by B in 2016. The reasons cited by B were: 1) The negative feedback of the students regarding their educational experience at A, 2) The ranking of the A’s industrial engineering program in the USA. In this paper, we evaluate and refute the validity of the reasons given and argue that there was another reason for the termination. We present recommendations to institutions in the USA who are contemplating similar collaborations, in order to avoid such pitfalls.

Karacal, C., & Sevim, H. (2019, June), Avoiding the Pitfalls in International Collaborations - A Case Study Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32139

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