Hosting and travelling with delegations are part of the job description for many university staff. Delegation visits provide a mechanism for identifying opportunities for collaboration and strengthening connections with partners overseas. However, many see delegation visits as little more than a meet-and-greet and a photo-op.
Successful visits require an investment of time and money from each institution involved. Many universities are faced with budget constraints and a clear return on investment is becoming increasingly important when proposing and planning delegation visits. This session will debunk the common misconceptions about delegations by sharing best practice on how to conduct successful inbound and outbound partner visits and provide tactics for making sure your next delegation uses the time in-country effectively and has tangible outcomes that have a positive impact on your institutional strategy.
Attendees will leave the session with a clear understanding of how investing in the ‘right’ delegation visits can affect the broader university community and support their institution’s overall strategy and goals.
This session will address how to put together an effective delegation visit, setting a clear mission, identifying the right participants, cultivating tangible outcomes and sustaining collaborations after the visit concludes. The speakers will discuss how strategic linkages between their universities have grown out of interdisciplinary delegation visits involving representatives across research, innovation and education portfolios at their respective institutions.
Key interest area: Mobility and learning abroad (MOB)
Other key interest areas: Business development and strategy (BD&S), Higher Education (HE), Learning & teaching (L&T )