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IR PLC Summer Session on International Partnership Assessment

19 juillet 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Join the International Relations Professional Learning Community to discuss best practices and lessons learned in the creation and implementation of international partnership assessment tools.

As international relations practitioners, partnership development is key to advancing internationalization strategies, but once a partnership has been established, how do we ensure that it meets the intended objectives and aligns with institutional priorities and values for all parties?

Effective assessment of your institution’s international partnerships is critical to mitigating risks, identifying opportunities to expand collaboration, ensuring mutual benefit, and determining when partnerships that are no longer mutually beneficial should be phased out.

Join Julie Benoit from the Université de Montréal as she shares some of the findings from the Québec Consortium on Evaluating International Partnerships, and discusses how the Université de Montréal is using this information to implement an assessment tool that will ensure its partnerships are tightly aligned with its internationalization strategy.

Following Julie’s presentation, Andrea Delgado Morrow from the University of Calgary will share some of the lessons learned from her institution’s development and implementation of the International Partnership Assessment Rating Index (IPARI), an award-wining partnership assessment tool, as well as next steps planned for its further evolution.

As part of the session, participants will have the opportunity to engage in breakout discussions with other IR practitioners across Canada to share their own stories and experiences in assessing international partnerships.

12:00 Welcome and overview of the IR-PLC
12:05 Summary of work of the Quebec consortium and plans for assessment tool implementation at Université de Montréal
12:15 Lessons learned and next steps for the University of Calgary’s International Partnership Assessment Rating Index (IPARI)
12:30 Breakout sessions – Partnership assessment across Canada
12:45 Summary and next steps
Reflection questions for the session:
  • What are the criteria for a successful international partnership?
  • What qualitative/quantitative measurements/data sets can help you define the success of a partnership?
  • Which stakeholders should be involved in international partnership assessment?
  • How can International Offices use the data that is generated from a partnership assessment?
  • How often should you assess an international partnership?
  • How do you define your strategic partners?
  • What resources are effective in the evaluation of international partnerships?
  • How are we being assessed by the partners?
  • How do we ensure our assessment tools are flexible, inclusive, and equitable, given the power dynamics at play in international partnerships?
  • How can we develop a system (or tool) that would support strategic and operational decisions?

Please note: This session is reserved for CBIE members and is intended to provide a space for International Relations practitioners to share their learnings and observations.

Interested in joining the conversation but can’t make it on July 19th? Please email Andrea Delgado Morrow at

Stephanie Dion

Ms. Stéphanie Dion

Steering Committee Member – International Relations Professional Learning Community (IR-PLC), Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)
International Strategy Advisor, VP Office – Academic & Research, Polytechnique Montréal

Stéphanie Dion holds a Master degree in International Management (M.B.A.) from Université Laval (Quebec), that she partly realized at Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico). She counts on more than fifteen years in the field of internationalization of higher education, working in different countries and institutions. Through diverse roles, she has conducted large projects to encourage universities’ international expansion, fostered collaboration with organizations from Quebec, Canada and abroad and gained an in-depth understanding of the issues and challenges related to universities’ international development. Stéphanie is an agent of change at Polytechnique Montréal operating with a transversal and collaborative approach in order to engage the university’s stakeholders in the internationalization process.

Ms. Julie Benoit

Julie Benoit is an International Affairs Advisor at the Université de Montréal’s International Affairs Office where she works on institutional partnerships and agreements that support institutional internationalization objectives. She also advises faculties on their international engagement activities and manages grant programs for research stays. She holds a DEA in public international law with a focus on international organizations from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and law degrees from the University of Ottawa. Julie has over 15 years of experience working in the field of international education including the recruitment of international students. She was a member of the Quebec Consortium on Evaluating International Partnerships.

Andrea Delgado Morrow

Andrea Delgado Morrow

Steering Committee Co-Chair, International Relations Professional Learning Community, Canadian Bureau for International Education, and Director, International Relations, University of Calgary, Canada

Andrea Delgado Morrow is the director, international relations for the University of Calgary’s international office where she and the team are responsible for institutional partnerships and agreements. She holds an MA in intercultural and international communication from Royal Roads University. Andrea has over 15 years of experience working in post-secondary education.

This includes University of Calgary, regional manager (Asia Pacific) and associate faculty member at Royal Roads University and Mount Royal University (Faculty of Communication). Throughout her career, Andrea has been active in the international education realm sitting on various committees and currently sits on the steering committee for the Canadian Bureau for International Education’s international relations professional learning community.


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19 juillet 2021
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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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