Mapping Snapshot: Focusing on International Collaboration and Partnerships

December 20, 2017

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This post is the second in a series of snapshots from ACE’s recent report, Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses: 2017 Edition.


Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses: 2017 Edition indicates that global engagement, in terms of international collaboration and partnerships, has attracted the attention of many U.S. institutions.

The report also points out that although the most popular partners for U.S. institutions are foreign academic institutions, other types of entities such as NGOs, foreign governments, and corporations are partners for over 48 percent of the responding institutions.

Geographically, Asian and European countries currently have the most partnerships with U.S. institutions, while countries targeted for partnership expansion mainly reflect the countries where most international students come from. China is on top of the list for existing and future partnerships for U.S. institutions.

As for the type of collaboration, dual/double degree programs and joint degree programs are two of the examples mentioned most frequently by U.S. institutions, but such collaborative degree programs still represent a relatively small percentage of collaboration type. When it comes to institutional presence abroad, respondents tend to use technology to deliver programs and instruction for overseas students.

For more information about international partnerships and international joint and dual degrees, please see International Higher Education Partnerships: A Global Review of Standards and Practices and Mapping International Joint and Dual Degrees: U.S. Program Profiles and Perspectives.


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