Herewith a report from our subcommittee on institutional agreements.
Allen Lynch, Convenor
Three general premises guide our thinking at this time:
1. Institutional agreements facilitate planning, budgeting, and
organization. The resulting structure adds significantly to efforts to make
overseas experiences an integral part of the educational, research and
teaching opportunities available to UVA students and faculty. This
structure also acts as a conduit to help bring foreign students and faculty
2. In order to become a foremost international university, UVA
should aspire to establish an institutional position in virtually all major
regions of the world. This will maximize choice for students and faculty,
and contribute importantly to the enrichment of cross-cultural and
inter-disciplinary studies within the university.
3. Institutional agreements that incorporate significant
cost-sharing arrangements will help maximize return for the educational
At this point, we need to address in detail the general question:
What kinds of institutional agreements do we want?
Procedurally, each member of the committee will convene a small
group of colleagues from around the university to look into suitable
arrangements in different (especially under-represented) world areas and in
different disciplinary fields. Responsibilities break down as follows:
Allen Lynch--Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union;
Kandioura Drame--Southern and Western Africa;
John Woodworth--Latin America;
Chinh Quang Li--East Asia;
Robert Johnson--Arrangements in the physical and natural sciences.
Each cluster should address the following common points, among others:
A. How great is the need for U.Va. programs in the given region/field?
B. What kind of relationships do we want:
i. friendship agreements (with minimal obligations);
iii. university-wide institutional relationships?
C. What is the relationship between the proposed program (s) and the UVA
curriculum, UVA strengths?
D. How much campus interest is there in the proposed program(s)?
E. How does/would UVA communicate with its overseas partner?
F. What might the key points of an agreement entail?
G. What are the nature and sources of possible financial support?
H. What are your thoughts on purchasing property abroad for program support?
If colleagues from outside our subcommittee have any thoughts on
these or related issues, please do not hesitate to let me know. Many
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