Using university partnerships for mutual development. Lessons from a half century of successes and failures. By David Wiley, Professor of Sociology and Director, African Studies Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI [email protected]
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Using university partnerships for mutual development
Lessons from a half century of successes and failures
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
A large number of linkage agreements are signed on the basis of brief visits or response to donor RFPs. Frequently, these have few results and lead to little or no long-term activity
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The key to all these are values on reciprocity, transparency, and equity.
1. Be clear about goals – What each has to give and to wishes to receive
2. Develop consortial linkages where possible
3. Understand each other – both constraints and opportunities
and commit to communicate frequently
4. Jointly decide what activities to pursue and resources used with “mutually acceptable resolutions of inevitable differences of judgments and perceptions.
5. Build for the long-term and not only “the project”
6. Develop detailed written agreement after planning and consensus
7. Be constant in goals regardless of leadership change.
8. Develop clear agreements and procedures for addressing conflict
9. Be transparent on funding sources, amounts, and intended uses of funds and any representations to potential funders.
10. Be transparent on issues of power among the leaders and stakeholders
11. Provide internal funding from both institutions
12. Address inequalities of resources among partners
13. Seek broad support from university faculty and administration.
14. Seek to agree on ethical and human subjects guidelines
15. Abstain from military, intelligence, covert, or secret research.
16. Engage in proprietary research only with mutual agreement
17. Be inclusive and equitable - equal opportunity regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, age, or sexual orientation.
18. Credit and acknowledge all contributions
19. Celebrate partnerships
Conclude on a cautionary note about an impending perfect storm that is growing, that will affects us all, and that increases our need to plan for partnerships that will empower us for truly international education and for collaborative action toward our governments and societies.
Result: An urgent need for the intelli-gence of the universities to identify and promote “the ways forward” for our individual governments and each other