SHU Selected for IAPP Partnership


News Story: December 15, 2014

Sacred Heart University is one of 12 higher education institutions selected to participate in the Norwegian Centre for International Collaboration in Education’s (SIU) and the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) combined initiative to expand U.S.-Norwegian engagement and foster strategic university partnerships.

During the eight-month International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP), IIE’s Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education will guide the institutions through a strategic planning process and training activities designed to assist them in implementing and sustaining partnerships with counterparts in Norway.

“I am thrilled that Sacred Heart University has been accepted as a member of the inaugural IIE IAPP Norway program.  As part of SHU’s larger internationalization initiative, this development opportunity and the experience brought by IIE will enhance our ability to create strategic partnerships in Norway, as well as develop mutually beneficial, reciprocal relationships with Norwegian institutions,” says Carrie Wojenski, director of the Office of Global Affairs.

The partnership programs offer timely resources for campuses in both countries to explore areas of academic cooperation, including exchanging students and scholars and collaborating on research projects and degree programs.

Norway is also a commitment partner of IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative—as is SHU. The initiative is a five-year campaign to double the number of U.S. students studying abroad. As part of the Norwegian government’s commitment to Generation Study Abroad, Norway will help pay the costs of a week-long study tour to Norway to explore mutual areas of interest and meet with potential partner campuses.

“Globalization has changed the way the world works, and higher education is an area where the U.S. and Norway can build strong institutional relations and promote collaboration among our universities that will foster deeper ties between the two countries,” says Allan Goodman, president of IIE.

The other institutions that were selected for the IAPP are Chatham University, Coastal Carolina University, Cornell University, New York Institute of Technology, Oregon State University, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, University of Cincinnati, University of Delaware, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Tennessee-Knoxville and Washington & Jefferson College.