June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
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International Academic Collaboration: Why it May or May not work?In this papers author would like to explore different factors impacting establishment of anacademic partnership between US and other International universities. We plan to examine theexpectations, dynamics, and particulars of academic partnerships and the reality of expectationsof universities on both sides of the globe. International collaboration may not just serve as atrend, but it is almost an obligatory practice for most of the private universities in XXXX, insome cases individual research group, in order to seek visibility on the science and technologyscene internationally, also have international collaboration at the group level. This paper willpresent efforts, as a case study, towards academic collaboration among two universities fromXXXX and a large private non-profit university in the United States. This study also aims tounderstand the assumptions characterizing the partnership between the participants and theirXXXX counterparts. Systemic issues regarding trust and expectation from other side and lack ofreliable technical and communication as well as organizational infrastructure may contribute tothe inability to partner and collaborate. These systemic issues sometimes create a tensionbetween partners in their approach to collaboration. Therefore, this study and analysis will alsoreveal basic assumptions of partnerships with XXX universities as well as expectations of theuniversities on the USA sideIn addition, the paper studies the historical and socio-cultural traditions of internationaluniversity that will help to understand cultural differences and how they impact the success andsustainability of such international collaborations. It is our understanding that these type ofcollaborations generally occur more naturally as a result of increased opportunities forinteractions with colleagues from other countries during international workshops, conferencesand symposia. Sometimes cultural kinship of faculty and researchers also influence facilitation incollaboration. In addition, the study also points out that informal contacts are just as important (ifnot more important) as any kind of formal connections in terms of innovative outcomes for theperspective collaboration, although some may still put more emphasis, in policy terms, on moreformalized collaborative mechanisms to be used for establishing any kind of initial connectionfor establishing collaborations. Another equally important deductions from this study is that at notime we must disregard the perceptual and behavioral aspects of university management on bothsides during such interactions.
Wyne, M. F. (2015, June), International Academic Collaboration: Why it May or May not work? Paper presented at 2015 ASEE International Forum, Seattle, Washington. https://peer.asee.org/17144
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