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Remaking Area StudiesTeaching and Learning across Asia and the Pacific$
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Terence Wesley-Smith and Jon Goss

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833213

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833213.001.0001

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Institutional Collaborations

Institutional Collaborations

People, Politics, Policy

(p.125) Chapter 7 Institutional Collaborations
Remaking Area Studies

Lily Kong

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter provides an administrator's perspective on institutional collaboration, with a particular focus on the experience of the National University of Singapore. To the administrator, collaborative projects promise improvement of the staff's teaching portfolios, the potential spinoff of research, enhanced institutional reputation, and the possibility of increased graduate student recruitment. Although collaborative instruction depends upon the degree of personal commitment of participants, institutional commitments and appropriate reward structures are necessary to sustain them over the longer term. A number of tensions structure international collaboration, including “top down” versus “bottom up” management of interaction; the clash of institutional cultures and the asymmetry of relations in international higher education; and the conflict in individual and institutional priorities, such as between research, consulting, and teaching.

Keywords:   institutional collaboration, area studies, National University of Singapore, university administrators, collaborative instruction, institutional cultures, higher education

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