A novel model for extending international co-operation in science and education

S.J. de Boer, Q. Ji-zehn

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    Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE (ISSN 1009-3095, Monthly) 2004 Vol. 5 No. 3 p.358-364 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------A novel model for extending international co-operation in science and educationDE BOER Sirp J.1, QIU Ji-zhen 2(1International Management Section, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands)(2International Programs Office, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, 310027, China)E-mail: s.j.deboer@utwente.nl; IPQ-qjz@sun.zju.edu.cn Received Dec. 24, 2003;revision accepted Dec. 30, 2003Abstract: In September 1994 the University of Twente, the Netherlands, and Zhejiang University, China, decided to cooperate in the field of science, education and management. After several visits of delegations from both sides it was considered worthwhile to explore further opportunities for mutual cooperation. The directors of international cooperation on each side jointly commissioned a project to investigate the potential in a systematic way and to establish further contacts where appropriate. This paper reports on the results of the research cum matching project.To reveal promising matches between multiple departments of both academic institutions a matching model for universities was designed. The study was carried out along two parallel lines. In the research line the theoretical framework was developed into a model for international university co-operation. Moreover, an analysis was carried out on internal, external and cultural aspects resulting in a set of thirty four influencing factors.In the matching line a total of seventy interviews were held in order to identify promising matches between units at both universities. This line resulted in eleven promising matches for further co-operation.The novel model appeared useful in analyzing the variety of factors and in developing matches between both universities. In the further implementation of the model the issues of ¿level of co-operation¿ and ¿top-down versus bottom-up¿ need to be addressed in more detail.Key words: International co-operation, Universities, Matching, Science and educationDocument code: A CLC number:N40 References:[1] A+ Global Talent Scouts, 2002. http://www.Chinazone.nl/news/business/asia/china/culture/greeting.htm.[2] Campbell, 1991. Advances in Chinese Industrial Studies. Jai Press Inc., Greenwich.[3] De Boer, S.J., Qiu J.Z., Chantal van S., Desiree H., 2004, Extending international university cooperation. University of Twente, Technology and Development Group, Enschede (Working paper series / Technology and Development Group, ISSN 0923-8700; nr.107).[4] Faulkner, D., 1995. International Strategic Alliances. McGraw-Hill International, Berkshire.[5] Groote, G.P., Slikker P., Hugenholtz-Sasse C.J., 1995. (In Dutch) Projecten Leiden, Methoden en Technieken voor Projectmatig Werken. Het Spectrum, Utrecht.[6] Klein W., R., 1999. Sleeping with the Enemy, Trust, Dependence and Contract in Interorganisational Relationships. Febodruk, Enschede.[7] Maljers, F.A., 1995. (In Dutch) Strategische Allianties, Over LAT-relaties in het Bedrijfsleven, Oratie uitgesproken op 20 april 1995, Faculteit der Bedrijfskunde, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam.[8] Sporn, B., 1999. Adaptive University Structures, An Analysis of Adaptation to Socio-economic Environments of US and European Universities. Kingsley Publishers, London.
    Original languageUndefined
    Pages (from-to)358-364
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Zhejiang University. Science
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2004


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