|Worldwide Strategic Alliances at Artevelde University College Ghent|
Artevelde University College Ghent is highly internationally oriented and wants to expand its international vision by constructing a worldwide qualitative network of strategic partners.
An alliance is an agreement between privileged partners because of a common advantage, such as combining the available knowledge and know-how or being a tool for internationally constructing high-quality education and research.
This implies that the worldwide alliance consists of a limited number of well-chosen institutions, which explains the term 'strategic' alliance.
Artevelde University College Ghent enjoys an extensive network of international contacts spread over 6 continents. These partnerships (universities, university colleges, NGO’s...) were consciously chosen for their complementarities in the context of student and staff mobility but also for other domains such as joint educational development, professionalization and research.
Out of the network of institutions in countries, outside the European Union, the international coordinators of the different departments opted for a strategic collaboration with five partner countries, i.e. the ‘strategic alliances’:
The strategic alliances are an institution-wide initiative, in the sense that each alliance is represented by a ‘strategic agent’ who follows up the contacts with the institutions and who is also the contact person for the different departments, interested in expanding their cooperation.
Ecuador, South Africa and Vietnam belong to the partner countries of the Belgian Development Cooperation and the Flemish Interuniversity Development Cooperation (VLIR UOS).
In Ecuador, a close working relationship exists with NGO’s who work at government level to improve education.
Within this form of cooperation Artevelde University College, through its training and services, shares its expertise where necessary and requested, which with time contributes to a structural cooperation.
In Turkey, a number of fixed partners are collaborating in the organizing of interdisciplinary programmes and projects.
Artevelde University College Ghent believes that the dynamics of the strategic alliances will systematically increase and is convinced that the investment in strategic alliances will lead to afundamental added value for all institutions involved.
The actual objectives in the cooperation with the various partners of the strategic alliance may vary by country and in the next stage also by region.
|Criteria for the choice of partner institutions in the region|