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

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