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ERIC Number: ED533890
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 396
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1249-1626-2
Factors Associated with Partnership Experiences, Attitudes, and Perceptions: A Comparative Case Study of Two African Universities
Chiteng Kot, Felly
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Minnesota
International partnerships have become an increasingly important trend in African higher education. The creation of partnerships with African universities has been on the rise in the last few years. Different factors (U.S., European, and African initiatives) suggest this trend will continue to increase. This study draws from a survey of a random sample of 468 administrators, faculty members, and postgraduate students at the University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) and the University of Lubumbashi (Democratic Republic of Congo), to examine members' experiences, attitudes and perceptions with respect to partnerships. Among others findings, the study found that 41% of the respondents had participated in international partnerships, and that partnership participation is associated with the individual's position at the institution, awareness of partnership opportunities, and use of technology. Analysis of the perceptions of priorities for future international partnerships yielded similarities as well as differences within and between institutions, whereas an examination of members' supportiveness resulted in high and constant levels of supportiveness of partnerships across groups. Members' perception of the institutional benefit of partnerships is associated with the individual's institution, membership status, and awareness of institutional partnerships. Satisfaction with the most recent partnership experience is associated with institution, membership group, type of activity attended, the duration of the activity, and the individual's role in the activity. These last three variables, along with discipline, are also associated with perception of the amount of benefit that individuals derived from their most recent partnership experience. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Congo Republic; Tanzania