How Universities are Transforming the Way They Manage International Partnerships

Trying to track all the international activities and partnerships your university has? Here’s how you can rethink your approach.  

In a globalized market, universities from around the world can effectively collaborate and communicate with each other on a range of initiatives.  

However, these increasingly complex international relations and partnerships, with all their associated moving parts, can be extremely challenging to track and manage.  

Additionally, it’s difficult to gain an overall view of your university’s international partnerships and identify potential strategic opportunities.  

To address these issues, here are some steps your international office can take to transform the way they manage international partnerships.  

Mapping your international partnerships  

The first thing you can do is ensure all your international partnerships are stored in one central system, allowing you to map all the different partnerships and their components.  

This is particularly important when trying to map how your university works with another institution, tracking both projects and exchange programs and all the representatives involved.  

This complex ecosystem can be easily laid out in an online system that’s accessible in real time 24/7, ensuring everyone has complete visibility over every aspect of your university’s partnerships.  

Managing your international partnerships 

Within this central system, it’s now much easier to track any activity or updates across your international partnerships.  

You can see an institution’s information, the faculties and departments you work with, the key contacts, any third parties or agencies involved, and keep a record of any interactions or communications.  

You can also log your staff’s activity and international experiences, accurately measuring your university’s mobility and the state of its international relations.  

Most importantly, this visibility and ease fosters collaboration and avoids confusion between faculties and departments. 

Growing your international partnerships 

A central system also provides international offices with better access to data and reporting, allowing you to track against KPIs, pull up-to-date data, and analyze insights for better data-driven decision making. 

This wealth of data means that your university and international office can undertake strategic, long-term planning with valuable data and insights, ensuring you get a clear picture of what your priorities are and where the opportunities exist. 

Working with your partner universities, this analysis will allow you to identify and build initiatives, improve collaboration, and continuously develop your international partnerships.  

To discover more about how to effectively manage your international partnerships, reach out to our MoveON team today 


About the Author:

As the B2B Content Marketing Manager, Sarah Linney is responsible for communicating the insights, research, and market analysis that have positioned QS as a thought leader in the higher education sector. After completing a Communications-Journalism degree at Charles Sturt University in Australia, Sarah worked in radio news and B2B print publishing before joining the content marketing sector. While working at a content marketing agency, Sarah was transferred to their New York office. She then led content marketing efforts at two tech startups in New York as a Content Manager before deciding to make the move to the UK and QS. 

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