The power of delegations: travelling for impact


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.

Learning objectives:

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.

Take-home message:

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 )

Ms Leonie Patrick

University of Sydney

As Director of Sydney Global Mobility, Leonie Patrick leads a dynamic team that works collaboratively with faculty to deliver one of the largest outbound student mobility programs in Australia. The University of Sydney is rapidly building towards the 50% outbound student mobility target established by its Strategic Plan 2016–2020. To support this ambitious goal, Leonie’s team has launched several key initiatives including the Global Citizenship Award, an extracurricular program providing students with distinctive international and leadership opportunities to support their development into global citizens. Sydney Global Mobility has also established five ‘super-exchange’ partnerships with the University of Copenhagen, National University of Singapore, Utrecht University, University of Edinburgh and Hong Kong University to enable large comprehensive universities to send and receive large (100 students) exchange cohorts each year. Leonie has lived and studied in Malaysia, Australia and France, and has cultivated a career in international education across five Australian universities.  She regularly presents at international conferences and most recently co-presented at the 2018 APAIE Conference in Singapore and at the 2018 EAIE Conference in Geneva.