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Invitational Workshop for AAU Member Universities:
Creating & Managing Dual Degree Programs




General Information

  • 8:30AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 9-9:30AM: Opening Session with Peter Awn
  • 9:30AM-12:30PM: High-level roundtable discussion moderated by Daniel Obst:
    • Theme 1: Getting started - identifying the best partner institutions, involving faculty, determining new programs' formats as well as added departmental value for students and institutions
    • Theme 2: Overcoming bureaucratic constraints and dealing with approval procedures, handling financial issue
    • Theme 3: Ensuring programs' long-term sustainability.
  • 12:30-2:00PM: Lunch with Donald Davis
  • 2:00PM: Concluding Remarks and Wrap-Up
Friday April 5, 2013
from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Columbia University
Faculty House
Garden Room 1
64 Morningside Drive
New York, NY 10027
(Click here for directions.)

Please direct any questions to Lauranne Bardin, Assistant Director of the Alliance Program, at

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  This one-day workhop will focus on the key issues of developing and managing joint and dual degree programs: identifying the best partner institutions, determining the added value of new programs, overcoming bureaucratic constraints and dealing with approval procedures, handling financial issues, and ensuring long-term sustainability.

This event will bring together institutional leaders engaged in advancing the international dimensions of higher education from various American, French, and German universities who will share each other's experiences with this important tool for globalizing our institutions.

Sub-Topics for Each Theme:
    Questions for Theme 1:
  • How do you identify the best partners and assess the academic quality of the partner program?
  • How can we motivate and incentivize faculty to design dual degree curricula which meet the accreditation standards in collaboration with partners?
  • How do you work with the partner institution to set up the joint agreement? (In terms of objectives, supervision, program representatives, regulations etc.)
  • How do you articulate the need for and value of dual degrees in a specific discipline for students as well as faculty?
  • Presenters:
    • Christophe de Beauvais, Vice President for International Affairs, Ecole Polytechnique - [Presentation]
    • Laurel Stavis, Assistant Provost, International Initiatives, Dartmouth College
    • Lily Y. Young, Dean and Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University
    Questions for Theme 2:
  • How do you navigate the bureaucracy of review and the internal approval processes in your institutions?
  • How do you deal with tuition and financial aid implications for incoming and outgoing students?
  • How to ensure the right balance of incoming and outgoing students?
  • Presenters:
    • John Pakkala, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Milwaukee School of Engineering - [Presentation] [MSOE/FHL Exchange Program]
    • Patrick Osmer, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate School, The Ohio State University - [Dual Degree Guidelines]
    • Lesley Davis, Assistant Dean for International Programs, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
    Questions for Theme 3:
  • How do you organize the recruitment of students and their preparation to participate in the program?
  • How do you ensure administrative support and a good communication strategy?
  • How do you prepare your students to enter the job market?
  • How do you maintain the reputation of the program in relations with the alumni?
  • Presenters:
    • Gabriela Rehorava, Deputy Director of International Affairs Division and Elodie Luquet, International Affairs Manager, USA (Graduate) & Canada at Sciences Po, Paris - [Presentation]
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Created in the fall 2002, the Alliance Program is a non-profit transatlantic joint-venture between Columbia University and three prestigious French institutions: The École Polytechnique, Sciences Po, and Panthéon-Sorbonne University.

Alliance is an innovative program that aims to create and accompany new initiatives in the fields of education cooperation, research collaboration, and policy outreach. Since its founding, Alliance’s scope of activities have included the organization of numerous academic conferences both in Paris and in New York, the setting up of international multidisciplinary research teams, and the creation of joint-courses and curricula targeting the students of its founding partners.