Session 4「大学とパートナー団体との”外部連携”の可能性」




 Session 4には、1日目24名、2日目20名の方が参加され、テーマである「大学とパートナー団体との“外部連携”の可能性」について活発な意見交換がなされた。

Session 4Possibility of External Collaboration between Universities and Partner Organizations”
Wakako YAMAMOTO (Toyo University) / Michiyo FUJIMOTO (SAF) /
Shuichiro ATSUMI (Achieve Goal) / Mizuki SATO (Achieve Goal)

Comments from a participant
Akemi HIRAIDE (CIEE Japan)

Session 4, entitled “Possibility of External Collaboration between Universities and Partner Organizations,” was held on both Tuesday, August 27 and Wednesday, August 28. Twenty-four participants attended the session on August 27, while twenty participants joined the session on August 28.

At the beginning of the session, Ms. Yamamoto from Toyo University introduced her university in terms of their study abroad strategies and student numbers, and provided an overview of the university’s engagement with external organizations, including why they started partnerships with external organizations, how they have been working, and the “win-win-win” positive outcomes for the university, their students, and the partner organizations.

Next, representatives from three partners of Toyo University introduced their organizations and specific examples of how they work with Toyo University: 1) Ms. Fujimoto from SAF presented on how they dispatch SAF staff to member universities as “Study Abroad Advisors” and provide a general study abroad counseling service, 2) Ms. Hiraide from CIEEJ explained how her organization helps the university to organize their short-term study abroad programs, and 3) Mr. Atsumi and Ms. Sato from Achieve Goal introduced the ways in which they supported extra-curricular English courses at the university by dispatching Filipino English lecturers to the classes.

After listening to these case studies, the participants were then divided into groups of 4-5 people to discuss the session topic. They first introduced themselves and then shared specific cases of collaboration and issues at their departments and universities. After the small group discussions, representatives from each group presented a summary of their discussion and shared their cases, issues, and opinions with other participants.

The majority of session participants were university staff or faculty members, but 20-30% of them were from external organizations or companies; thus, during the small group discussions, they gave comments on what their organizations or companies could do for universities.

Here are some of the comments and questions shared at the session:
  “External organizations could cover the negative effect of university staff rotation.”
  “Is it possible to apply the overtime costs of staff to the outsourcing fee?
  “How can we secure financial resources for outsourcing fees?”
  “It might be important to consider the university vision and educational philosophy.”
  “The challenge is on-campus coordination between faculty and staff.”
  “What should we do as the international office?”
  “It’s important to see what we can do and what we cannot do.”

In addition, participants asked about opportunities for consulting for their international operations and about advice for outsourcing not only outbound but also inbound exchange operations. These comments led to an additional group discussion amongst the participants.

According to the evaluation conducted at the end of the session, the average overall satisfaction score was 4.2 out of 5, and the average score of the specific presentations about collaboration between universities and partner organizations was 4.53 out of 5. This session was meaningful for both the facilitators and the participants.