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International Academic Collaboration: Why it May or May not work?

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2015 ASEE International Forum


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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Concurrent Paper Tracks - Session II

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19.21.1 - 19.21.9



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Mudasser Fraz Wyne National University

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I have a Ph.D. in Computer Science, M.Sc. in Engineering, and B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering. Currently I serve as a Chair for Department of Computer Science, Information and Media Systems and Professor of Computer Science at School of Engineering and Computing, National University. I am also the Program Lead for MS in Information Technology Management and have also served recently as the lead for BSc in Information Systems, the co-Lead for MSc Computer Science and Program Lead for MSc in Database Administration programs. My association with ABET (Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology) US dates back to 2001, as a certified program evaluator for BSc in Computer Science and BSc in Information Systems. At present, I am also serving as the Commissioner for the Computer Accreditation Commission (CAC). Previously, I have taught at 6 different countries for over 25 years. I have been privileged to be part of the DESY Group (Deutches Elecktronen Synchrotron), Hamburg Germany, as a research fellow, and worked with an MIT group, led by a Nobel laureate.

On the research side, I have been fortunate enough to secure a number of grants and have served on numerous international Ph.D. Thesis committees, been a member of the editorial boards for 7 international journals, and served as the Chair and Co-Chair for 12 international conferences. For recognition of my research activities, I have been invited to a number of international conferences as Invited Speaker, chaired panel discussions and numerous international conference sessions. I have served on more than 150 international conference program committees. Furthermore, I have published number of articles in peer-reviewed international journals and conferences. I am also an active member of ACM, ASEE, ASEE/PSW and CSAB.

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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. 10.18260/1-2--17144

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