The International Campus as Prototype for International Collaboration: South Korea’s Songdo Global Campus
Keywords:communicative competence, intercultural competence, social perception in intercultural communication
Institutional leaders drawn to the idea of opening new campuses overseas are often hindered by expense and concerns including that faculty there will be unable to remain engaged in research. This article focuses on how one international development project, the establishment of Incheon Global Campus (IGC) in Incheon, South Korea, has been based upon a novel partnership model with potential to reduce expenses incurred by any single higher education institution and promote research. The objective of the Incheon Global Campus project is the creation of a dynamic, multi-institutional, truly international campus. In this consortium model, an alliance of foreign institutions cooperates in various dimensions of academic, research, and extracurricular activity on a shared campus site. Participants leverage and combine respective strengths, experiences and expertise, among themselves and with a local foundation that manages campus operations. The IGC case suggests that a consortia approach to the operation of overseas campuses may better the odds for the mutual success of foreign universities and local managers, as well as enhance an overall international development initiative in important ways.
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