Monday, June 20, 2016

Can international higher education partnerships be rebalanced?

A persistent problem during this period of higher education expansion around the world is partners in the North dominating or exploiting the South. The problem is one of imbalance of power that allows the matured higher education systems of the North to control and direct what are described as "partnerships" but resemble little of what one would think of in relation to sharing, mutuality, and benefit. Some countries and higher education institutions are attempting to shift the grounds of partnerships by giving more responsibility to the partner in the South. Norway is one country that has flipped the tables to extend the life of projects as well as encourage "Southern institutions to lead and manage joint international projects" and hold more of the resources and expenditures involved with the partnership.

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