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    • Building Capacity for Collaboration Michael Jackson and Hugh Mc Bride Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Seminar 21 st November 2008
    • Presentation Outline
      • Context and project outline
      • Researching the countries
      • Building the network
      • Country visit
      • Themes arising
      • Scope for future collaboration?
      • Project funded
      • by an Irish Aid (IA) Networking Grant
      • under the
      • Programme of Strategic Cooperation between Irish Aid and Higher Education and Research Institutes (2007 – 2011)
      • The Programme recognises :
        • Potential of the HE sectors in IA programme countries to contribute to poverty reduction and to achieving MDGs.
        • The need to strengthen HE capacity if this potential to be realised.
        • A potential role in this regard for Irish HE providers.
        • Inter-institutional collaboration an effective mechanism for strengthening capacity.
        • Capacity of Irish HE sector needs strengthening to enable it to respond.
      • ITs have a history of successful, formal, structured involvement in development cooperation.
      • HE not part of the mainstream international aid agenda since the early 1990s.
      • Engagement since then has generally been ‘ informal, individual and ad hoc ’.
      • Reserves of tacit knowledge in the sector.
      • Interest among staff and students.
      • Some very worthy initiatives.
      • But, loss of institutional ‘capacity for collaboration’?
      • To collaborate in an effective, coordinated and sustainable manner, we first need to know and understand each other.
      • But, constrained in the first instance by a ‘knowledge gap’!
      • Arguably, the knowledge base and the mechanisms necessary to support an effective and sustainable collective response are not currently in place .
      • For example:
      • Insufficient understanding of the HE sector and institutions in the IA programme countries.
      • Existing contacts informal and limited.
      • Capacity for collaboration among Institutes nascent.
      • Need to build the requisite capacity for collaboration by developing
      • an enabling framework of capability
      • to support an effective and sustainable collective response to identified needs.
      • In this context, the broad aim of our project is:
        • to foster and facilitate collaboration among ITs and HE sectors in Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Lesotho,
        • as a support to the development of sustainable HE capacity,
        • in accordance with identified needs.
      • In particular:
        • to strengthen teaching, learning and applied research capacity;
        • to support the development of institutional diversity.
      • To enable this process by:
        • researching the HE sector in Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Lesotho;
        • disseminating and sharing this knowledge;
        • as a basis for developing collaborative partnerships.
      • Seeking to:
      • Develop a knowledge base and better understanding.
      • Establish contacts and links and the basis for a sustainable network.
      • Promote awareness and engagement.
      • Identify specific areas for potential collaboration.
      • Reasons for choice of the 4 countries?
      • IA programme countries.
      • Manageable.
      • Staff experience of working in these countries.
      • Possible collaborations envisaged at:
      • Policy level
      • Institutional level
      • Programme level
      • Other?
      • For example, collaboration with a diverse range of HE providers in:
        • programme design, delivery, assessment;
        • accreditation and quality assurance;
        • developing teaching and learning support materials;
        • staff development and mentoring;
        • developing industry linkages;
        • other?
      • Scope for transferring the experience of the Irish HE ‘binary’ model, including the richness arising from its institutional diversity?
      • To remind ourselves:
      • Institutes of Technology are a significant force underpinning Ireland’s economic, social and cultural development.
      • Institutes of Technology:
      • have served as a pioneering model internationally;
      • have a strong capacity for innovation in programme design and delivery, geared to meeting national and regional needs;
      • provide awards in a range of disciplines, from apprenticeship to Ph.D. level;
      • have particular strengths in terms of the quality of their teaching and learning, characterised by academic rigour allied to an applications orientation;
      • have a strong capacity for collaborating with industry and State agencies, including in applied research;
      • have a strong commitment and record of achievement in promoting social inclusion and in providing life-long learning opportunities;
      • have a strong track record in developing sectoral capacity.
      • What do we mean by higher education?
    • Themes
      • Need for investment – MDG
      • Third Level within Government strategies for countries
      • Unfulfilled demand
      • Proliferation and diversity of Institutions
      • Quality Assurance/NFQ
      • Relevant Curricula
      • Capacity Building and Development required to deliver programmes Staff retention (improvement)
      • Overwhelming desire to Collaborate
      • Different models for collaboration
      • Focal point for collaboration