International Service-Learning Partnerships between Higher Educational Institutions and Governments: A Case Study

University Partnerships for International Development

ISBN: 978-1-78635-302-3, eISBN: 978-1-78635-301-6

ISSN: 2055-3641

Publication date: 10 December 2016

Abstract

International service-learning (ISL) programs are proliferating in American colleges. Usually the stakeholders involved (colleges, local host communities, and nonprofit organizations) undertake a single or few projects, such as housing construction, in a host country from a few weeks to months during an academic year. In most ISL programs, national governments of the host countries are not participants. Using a case study, this chapter shows how an American college can collaborate with a foreign national government to implement an ISL partnership. The case study involves the ISL partnership between North Carolina Central University and the Liberia Civil Service Agency. The students are from the Executive Master of Public Administration program that requires students to complete at least two weeks of service in government agencies in a developing country. Students are therefore provided the opportunity to gain valuable experience working on projects in Liberian government agencies, while the University provides research and policy analysis for the agencies. The diversity of projects in various agencies provides students the opportunity to gain experience in government administration in Liberia, thereby broadening their knowledge and education. A single ISL project administered by a nonprofit organization may not provide such opportunities.

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Guseh, J. (2016), "International Service-Learning Partnerships between Higher Educational Institutions and Governments: A Case Study ", University Partnerships for International Development (Innovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning, Vol. 8), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 59-76. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2055-364120160000008006

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