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  • 1. Building Capacity for Collaboration Michael Jackson and Hugh Mc Bride Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Seminar 21 st November 2008
  • 2. Presentation Outline
    • Context and project outline
    • Researching the countries
    • Building the network
    • Country visit
    • Themes arising
    • Scope for future collaboration?
  • 3.
    • 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)
  • 4.
    • 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.
  • 5.
      • 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.
  • 6.
    • 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 ’.
  • 7.
    • Reserves of tacit knowledge in the sector.
    • Interest among staff and students.
    • Some very worthy initiatives.
    • But, loss of institutional ‘capacity for collaboration’?
  • 8.
    • 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’!
  • 9.
    • Arguably, the knowledge base and the mechanisms necessary to support an effective and sustainable collective response are not currently in place .
  • 10.
    • 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.
  • 11.
    • 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.
  • 12.
    • 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.
  • 13.
    • In particular:
      • to strengthen teaching, learning and applied research capacity;
      • to support the development of institutional diversity.
  • 14.
    • 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.
  • 15.
    • 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.
  • 16.
    • Reasons for choice of the 4 countries?
    • IA programme countries.
    • Manageable.
    • Staff experience of working in these countries.
  • 17.
    • Possible collaborations envisaged at:
    • Policy level
    • Institutional level
    • Programme level
    • Other?
  • 18.
    • 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?
  • 19.
    • Scope for transferring the experience of the Irish HE ‘binary’ model, including the richness arising from its institutional diversity?
  • 20.
    • To remind ourselves:
    • Institutes of Technology are a significant force underpinning Ireland’s economic, social and cultural development.
  • 21.
    • 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;
  • 22.
    • 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;
  • 23.
    • 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.
  • 24.  
  • 25.
    • What do we mean by higher education?
  • 26. 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