Inspiring Partnership Practices in the Virtual Era


Monday, October 26, 2020 at 5 pm (GMT +2)

This interactive webinar highlights inspiring practices for American-Finnish international collaborations. Speakers from Finnish and U.S. higher education institutions share their experiences, challenges, and practical tips to develop Transatlantic partnerships, with a focus on how partnerships have evolved during the COVID-19 era.
We are also going to tackle some challenges related to partnership building and international collaboration.
In the registration form, we are asking you to answer these questions: 

  1. What challenges exist when creating and/or developing Transatlantic university partnerships?
  2. Share an inspiring practice for the creation/development of Transatlantic university partnerships. (Optional)

We will take advantage of the Zoom break-out rooms and you will be given a few challenges that you can brainstorm solutions for in small groups, which may spark ideas for inspiring practices. You will have 15 min to brainstorm solutions and share best practices that could be used to address the challenge(s) presented in your break-out room. Each group will then have a chance to present the inspiring practices from their discussions. 

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Tentative Program

(Finnish time)
16:50 Zoom Call Open

17:00-17:10 Welcome and Introductions

17:10-17:30 Inspiring Partnership Practices: Examples from Finland and the U.S.

  • The New Reality of Partnerships - John Donnellan, Associate Professor, New Jersey City University; 2017-2018 Fulbright Specialist; 2019-2020 Fulbright-TUAS Scholar Awardee
  • Developing Transatlantic Collaboration Through Fulbright FinlandErkko Sointu, Assistant Professor, University of Eastern Finland; 2015-2016 Fulbright Finland Travel Grant for Research Collaboration Awardee

17:30-17:50 Breakout Room Activity: Brainstorming Inspiring Partnership Practices

17:50-18:10 Full Group Report

18:10-18:15 Wrap-up

18:15 Event Ends


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These activities support U.S. study abroad and are funded through a Study Abroad Engagement Grant from USA Study Abroad within the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State.