By Colin Nelson
Another of the most important things we track in AACSB International’s Collaborations Survey is the degree of interest our participating schools indicate in partnering with different countries and regions around the world:
Figure 1. Country Pairs
As you can see, schools in some countries are demonstrating clear preferences for partnerships with institutions in certain specific other countries (and regions). For example, reporting schools in China are much more likely to partner with schools in the U.S. or other Chinese schools than they are with those in the other BRICS nations (e.g., Brazil, Russia, India, and South Africa). Indeed, American partners seem to be in high demand all over the world, as they make up approximately 16.8 percent of all named partners in the survey, the highest percentage of any nation in the world.
While the countries with the largest numbers of partnerships are not terribly surprising in terms of who they are, I did find it interesting to look at them in terms of how many institutions were named versus the total number of partnerships:
Table 1. Top Ten Countries by Total Partnerships
What I find interesting is the wide variance in the ratios of total partnerships to number of named partners, even in this relatively small set of the most popular countries in which to find partners. What this seems to indicate is that even though the U.S. has many more total partnerships and named partners than Australia, for example, Australian partner institutions are much more likely to have a larger number of schools reporting partnerships with them. This illustrates that there are multiple dimensions to consider when we are looking at which partners are most attractive to business schools.