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OPPORTUNITIES FOR INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIPS AND RESEARCH

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					MECHANISMS FOR DEVELOPING INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH
            PARTNERSHIPS AT WESTERN
                                              PROCESS


1.   Western’s international faculty database (kept current) – crucial instrument that facilitates:
     - formation of country specific and/or issue specific working groups/teams
     - identification of how and where research students and post-docs could be engaged under guidance and
     supervision of faculty members with existing international collaborations
     - networking instrument
2.   Engaging Diaspora - on Western’s campus, there are faculty, students and staff who have deep
     knowledge of or have very firm academic and ―political‖ relationships within their countries of origin.
     Also, there are diasporic organizations in the wider community in London. Diaspora is involved
     wherever possible, in the development of international research

3.   Engaging international students and visiting faculty wherever possible

4.   Engaging ex- interns/returning graduate students and post-docs in the development of international
     research

5.   Research collaboration and Exchange Agreement mechanisms are in place for the purposes of:
     - institutionalizing the research collaborations and partnerships including research personnel exchanges,
     student and post-doc exchanges, financial implications and IP treatment
     - determining waiver mechanisms for tuition and other fees, and mechanisms for credit transfers
                                        RESOURCES


    Available resources for international engagement at Western
•   Faculty members, students, and staff (readily available!)
•   Supporting institutional structures
•       * The Strategic Plan on Internationalization builds on Western’s Strategic Plan
    Engaging the Future http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/board/minutes/2009/r0906sen_ann1.pdf and
    maintains the focus on the primary areas of our engagement in the international realm—
    research, teaching, and the student experience.
    * All Faculties at Western support international engagement – including graduate student
    internships, by making research time available, and awarding academic credits for
    internships
    * Centralized and dedicated institutional support services for international activities
    including research development and management; agreements process and international
    student exchange and services
    * Internal Educational Partnerships Advisory Council for International Engagement
    * Seed funds for international engagement provided by the office of Vice President
    (Research and International Relations)
    http://www.uwo.ca/research/rds/internal/rds_funding_internfunding_international.html
    * Plenty of good will resulting from good relationships between international services at
    Western and funding agencies. This provides good access to external funding and
    cooperation from the wider community and policy makers.
                                         CHALLENGES


•   Funding – stiff competition for the ever diminishing pot of money in Canada for international
    engagement and especially for some academic fields
•   Security – even though the university has set security and emergency protocols for personal
    safety, this is a standing challenge. IP security is also a challenge
•   Philosophical fit and balance – culturally and programmatically. Sometimes quite a task to
    maintain and this also applies to exchange student programs as well
•   Focus and coordination – especially when the team is large and there is great diversity in
    interests and approaches
•   Time constraints – especially when the collaborations are outside easy reach like North America
    and Europe and substantial time “away” is therefore necessary

Enquiries? Contact
Melanie Katsivo PhD, Consultant, International Programs,
University of Western Ontario, Support Services Building, Room 5150
1393 Western Road, London, ON N6A 3K7
Telephone(519) 661-2111 Ext. 87970 Fax no. (519) 661-3907
E-mail: mkatsivo@uwo.ca
http://international.uwo.ca/

				
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