This essay is based on a meeting of 28 higher education presidents, rectors, and vice-chancellors who met in Vancouver, Canada, for the 11th Transatlantic Dialogue. The Transatlantic Dialogue is an ongoing initiative of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), the European University Association (EUA), and the American Council on Education (ACE).
The meeting focused on the role of partnerships of all types in meeting the challenges of a fast-changing environment.
The essay explores five key issues: the motivation to initiate and maintain partnerships; the economics of cooperation; conflicts inherent in cooperation; the role of government; and issues related to the special case of partnerships with the private sector.
The final section outlines the leadership qualities and institutional characteristics that are vital to the establishment and maintenance of successful partnerships.