The University of Denver, through the Office of Internationalization, is exploring the establishment of a select number of strategic partnerships, beginning with Lund University in Sweden and the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Other partners also being considered are: University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Western Australia, Universidade Católica Portuguesa Lisboa, Université de Lille, and a select university in Asia (Japan, Hong Kong) as well as in South America.
A strategic partnership builds on the traditional relationship between institutions (student exchanges, for example) to include broader-based cooperation such as faculty and staff exchanges and mobility: the intent of a strategic partnership is to include as much participation from the university as a whole in the cooperation between the institutions. Joint and coordinated courses and classes are encouraged, as are other ways of cooperating online and digitally. In addition, there may be the possibility of degree cooperation, dual or joint degrees, research partnerships, curricular partnerships, or other innovative joint ventures. The University of Denver is also looking at some joint governance with its strategic partners, involving both joint grant applications and DU's Internationalization Council. The ideal strategic partnership capitalizes on the strengths of each institution in a complementary fashion, and involves a certain amount of mutual vision and belief in the benefits of the partnership itself.
Strategic partnerships can vary in intensity and do not imply that the many other agreements that a university may have with other institutions are somehow less important or valuable. In fact, strategic partnerships can strengthen the other relationships by bringing them into clearer focus and providing for a bridge between the various institutions.
One of the more innovative cooperation models the University of Denver is pursuing with some strategic partners is the 3+1+1 program, which is built on the strength of DU's study abroad programs and the research strength of the partner's graduate programs.
3+1+1 Cooperative Program
The 3+1+1 model consists of the first 3 years of undergraduate study taking place at DU, then 1 calendar year of study at the partner institution (DU's fourth year). The 3+1 portion of the degree (Bachelor's) will be awarded by DU, followed by the final 1 calendar year of study at the partner institution for a Master's degree awarded by the partner institution (students can apply for the Master's program at the partner institution during their final year of undergraduate study).
Students enrolled at DU can opt into the 3+1+1 programs if they meet eligibility requirements at each university, DU's study abroad and exchange requirements, and any additional requirements specifically determined for any of the 3+1+1 programs.
DU and Lund University (LU) have recently entered into a 3+1+1 cooperative program among the following departments:
- Gender & Women's Studies (DU) / Department of Gender Studies (LU)
- Department of Biological Sciences (DU) / Department of Biology (LU)
University of Glasgow
DU and the University of Glasgow (GU) are negotiating a 3+1+1 cooperative program among the following departments:
- Department of English (DU) / School of Critical Studies (English Literature; English Language and Linguistics) (GU)
- Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science (DU) / School of Engineering (GU)
*More 3+1+1 programs may be added in the near future.