In response to extremely positive feedback from the May member survey, the International Secretariat is planning for a series of virtual activities to support networking and the development of partnerships among UMAP member institutions. As Part One of this pilot program we will work to introduce a limited number of faculty members from different countries to interested partners with similar interests. We hope these partnerships will lead to enhanced knowledge about higher education institutions in the UMAP network, opportunities for collaboration, virtual program offerings, and stronger partnership within UMAP.
On August 18, 2021 we will open a form to collect information from all member institution faculty interested in exploring partnership opportunities. The deadline to complete and submit the form will be September 8. Once we have received all the responses, we will begin the process of identifying potentially productive sub-groups or cohorts based on areas of collaboration or interest among the group. For the first round of the pilot program, a total of 100 participants will be invited to one of two networking sessions that will be scheduled for September 20th-24th.
Part Two of the pilot program will involve additional partnership development activities later in the fall. Any applicants who are not matched in a sub-group or cohort for Part One of the pilot program will be considered for future opportunities.