Partnerships between U.S. universities and institutions in other countries have often been problematic. Some universities think they have achieved partnership when they agree to cooperate on a project or even a proposal. Others feel they have a partnership when they sign a memorandum of understanding. The nature of any particular partnership, however, is often understood differently by the two (or more) institutions involved in the partnership. This difference in understanding often leads to miscommunication, frustration and strained relationships between the institutions and their representatives. The purpose of this article is to explore issues related to developing university partnerships across national boundaries. The two co-authors approach these issues from different points of view and from different experiences. Pooling those different perspectives, they draw conclusions about forming successful partnerships.
Keywords: Partnership, University Collaboration, Project Development, Memorandum of Understanding, Collaborative Planning, Development