Interdisciplinary science

The benefits of sustained undergraduate inter-programme collaborations between international partners

Cheryl P Hurkett, Sarah L Symons, Sarah N Gretton, Chad T Harvey, Phillipa E Lock, Dylan P Williams, Derek J Raine


This paper explores the use of relatively small-scale, virtual, classroom-level interactions that have developed into a sustained partnership between two institutions on two sides of the Atlantic. These interactions have benefitted the student bodies and faculty members as well as addressing institutional strategic agendas (e.g. internationalization). This partnership goes beyond the common exchange program paradigm: it impacts upon the academic and transferable skill sets of the entire student body rather than just exchange students. We provide examples of these collaborative activities and discuss their particular benefits to the student bodies. Whilst the two programs share similar pedagogies and degree content, which has helped these interactions, we aim to show how individual faculty members can initiate and mediate sustainable inter-program interactions between any Higher Education providers with sustainable effort.

Keywords: Undergraduate education, institutional cooperation, exchange, international collaboration, innovative pedagogies, experiential learning


Undergraduate education; institutional cooperation; exchange; international collaboration; innovative pedagogies; experiential learning

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