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Strategic International Partnership Management: Assessing and Evaluating Risks and Rewards

November 17, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm EST

Cost: Members: $495 | Non-Members: $595

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This full day workshop will explore best practices in strategic partnership management. Participants will work through case scenarios in a fully interactive format with a view to: employ strategic partnership and risk management principles to scenarios; identify key stakeholders; enhance risk management practices through an inclusive lens; have an expanded understanding of, and confidence with, the complexities of evaluating and developing sustainable and effective partnerships; have confidence in managing stakeholders and competing interests; and finally, have greater awareness of  resources and tools for further professional development in the area of strategic partnership management.

Themes covered in our workshop will include:

  • Partnership types and models of collaboration
  • Aligning partnership development with broader institutional strategies/values and/or governmental policies/priorities
  • Principles of risk assessment and risk management: processes and frameworks
  •  Ethical considerations and challenges in international partnerships
  • Best practices in effective contract and agreement development and management
  • Review and evaluation of partnerships: data collection, evidence-based decision-making
  • Managing the partnerships portfolio: partnership evolution and development
  • Strategic partnership management resources and tools for IE professionals

This workshop is designed for those who have some prior experience of working with strategic international partnerships, as well as seasoned partnership management professionals, and who are looking both to enhance their knowledge and skills, as well as to gain creative inspiration for furthering their partnership objectives.  Moderate knowledge of strategic partnership management practices and some familiarity with risk management principles are expected as the workshop will be very interactive and draw on the knowledge and experience of participants.  Throughout the day the workshop facilitators will strive to ensure the content is relevant for colleagues from all types of higher education institutions.


Suzanne Alexander photo 4 August 2018

Suzanne Alexander
International Education Consultant

Former Director, International Office, University of Leicester, UK

From 2005-17 Suzanne Alexander was Director of the International Office at the University of Leicester, UK.  Suzanne was previously Director, Promotions at the British Council, where she was responsible for the provision of services to support UK education institutions in their international marketing activities. In this role she built on experience gained in her career in higher education management, distance learning and education marketing both in the UK and internationally. Suzanne has served as a member of numerous UK national committees and organizations concerned with international education strategies and the international student experience. Suzanne has extensive experience as a trainer and contributor to workshops, conference sessions and training programs on various aspects of international education and, in particular, strategic partnerships, internationalization and admissions management. Suzanne has a Bachelor’s degree in French from the University of Birmingham and an MBA from the University of Warwick, UK.


Kate Jennings 
Director International Student Services
Vancouver Island University, Canada

Kate Jennings has worked in international education in a variety of capacities at 5 different institutions across 3 provinces in Canada over the past 20+ years.  Kate is currently the Director for International Student Services at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, BC where she leads the international admissions, financial services, homestay & off-campus housing, and advising, immigration & counselling teams.  In addition to her professional role, Kate volunteers her time as the Network Leader for NAFSA’s International Education Leadership Knowledge Community (IEL KC) and as a member of the Global and Intercultural Skills Program Working Group (BC Ministry of Education).  Recognized for her expertise in risk management as well as managing international partnerships, Kate has published and presented on a variety of international education topics, including invited sessions, workshops, and courses for EAIE, NAFSA, CBIE, the International Educators Training Program (IETP), and BCCIE.



November 17, 2019
8:30 am - 4:00 pm EST
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