Partnership in Higher Education

Trends between African and European Institutions


Trends in institutional partnership in higher education have shown tremendous growth in the past three decades. These trends in higher education are manifested through the growing initiatives of joint programs that promote collaborative research, academic mobility, joint curriculum developments and course delivery, joint bidding for development projects and benchmarking. Partnerships in higher education have been used not only as an instrument for institutional development through a wide range of strategic alliances but also as essential ways of introducing new voices to the operations of the universities by initiating new paradigms that bring new perspectives and bear competitive advantage on the partners. As the trend of partnership in higher education grew, scholars in higher education studies have also engaged in conceptualizing higher education partnership from academic venture providing perspectives, analyzing trends and developing models of higher education collaborations. Partnership in Higher Education: Trends between African and European Institutions is a pioneer bringing a comprehensive perspective on matters of higher education partnership among African and European institutions pressing important policy and practical issues. It discusses the ongoing debates on higher education partnership and internationalization strategies providing empirical insights from various case studies.

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Biographical Note

Emnet Tadesse Woldegiorgis, Ph.D., is a political scientist researching on Higher Education issues since 2006. He has been a postdoctoral researcher at Bayreuth University, Germany. His research focuses on regionalization and internationalization of higher education in Africa.

Christine Scherer, Ph.D. (2007), University of Bayreuth, studied social anthropology and political sciences and currently coordinates the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies, BIGSAS. Her research is on higher education, knowledge production in Africa and the academic field.


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