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Constructing sustainable international partnerships in Higher Education: Linking the strategic and contingent through interpersonal relationships in the UK and China

Ma, Jie; Montgomery, Catherine

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Authors

Jie Ma



Abstract

This article explores how sustainable international partnerships in higher education might be constructed by linking the strategic and contingent through interpersonal relationships. It aims to foreground the role of individuals in developing and sustaining international partnerships amid an increasingly strategic landscape of higher education internationalization. To present how individuals themselves make sense of their efforts in building sustainable international partnerships in higher education across different contexts, 31 semi-structured interviews were conducted with different administrative and disciplinary staff in two universities in the United Kingdom and China. Findings suggest that interpersonal relationships provide a strong basis for sustainable partnerships and it is through contingent networking between individual academics that interpersonal relationships are developed. However, it is through strategic planning by senior academics that interpersonal relationships are embedded in the institution. Hence, an approach to linking the strategic and contingent through interpersonal relationships is thus proposed to build sustainable international partnerships.

Citation

Ma, J., & Montgomery, C. (2021). Constructing sustainable international partnerships in Higher Education: Linking the strategic and contingent through interpersonal relationships in the UK and China. Journal of Studies in International Education, 25(1), 19-34. https://doi.org/10.1177/1028315319865784

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 13, 2019
Online Publication Date Jul 27, 2019
Publication Date Feb 1, 2021
Deposit Date Sep 10, 2019
Publicly Available Date Sep 10, 2019
Journal Journal of Studies in International Education
Print ISSN 1028-3153
Electronic ISSN 1552-7808
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 1
Pages 19-34
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1028315319865784
Related Public URLs https://researchportal.bath.ac.uk/en/persons/catherine-montgomery/publications/