International Partnership Process

Proposing a New International Partner

International partnerships with universities and other educational institutions are an important part of a strategic internationalization plan. Partnerships form foundations for international collaboration among the faculty, staff, and students at Fredonia, creating valuable opportunities such as academic travel, collaborative research, guest lectures, and cooperative degree programs, while also bringing diversity to campus.

The partnering process should be approached with thoughtfulness: Is the partner compatible, is there capacity, will it be cooperative, will it lead to completion? Proposals for international partnerships involve a high level of detail and coordination among many areas and departments on campus. The Office of International Education and the direct supervisor of the area proposing a partnership should be the first points of contact.

There are five overall stages in the partnership process. That said, each potential partnership can be slightly different, so strong communication within each phase is important:

Initial Discussions/Scouting

•Interest expressed from faculty, staff, or an institution.

•OIE works with the proposer on communication and evaluation of the potential partner.

•OIE and proposer collect information about the instutition, and communicate about specific needs to include in the proposal.

•OIE informs SUNY Global Affairs about the partnership discussions.

Proposal

•OIE submits proposal with a draft of the agreement type and recommendation.

•Partnership proposal is reviewed at multiple levels: Department, College/School Deans, Associate Provosts, Provost, and President (and other areas as needed).

•The reveiw process involves discussion, revisions, and requests for more information.

•Additional discussion with potential partner occur, as needed.

Draft of Program Agreement

•If necessary, a site visit is planned.

•OIE sends hard copies of final program agreement documents for signature process.

•Signatures may be intiated by either partner, or travel for a signing ceremony might be arranged.

•Filing of program documents with SUNY Global Affairs, as needed.

Approval and Implementation

•OIE records partnership in database, stores final signed hardcopies, and scans agreement document to be shared on partnership drive.

•Create press release and marketing materials.

•Program implementation can begin.

•Schedule site visits and plan program evaluation.

Ongoing Program Assessment 

•Records of activities with international partners should be kept as part of the partnership evaluation. Feedback from site visits, student, facuty, and staff mobility, and visits from the partner should be part of the overall assessment of the partnership.