Academic institutions produce research, teaching tools, and innovations to solve the most stubborn global health challenges. But their contributions don’t always make it out of the lab and into the hands of the broader global health community. STAR’s Academic Partnerships program is working to change that. STAR encourages institutions in both the U.S. and around the world to partner mutually and beneficially, and to share knowledge towards the development of stronger global health programs.
STAR provides two avenues for academic partnerships:
What’s the purpose of STAR’s knowledge-sharing mandate?
Knowledge-sharing experiments are deeply supportive, facilitated environments. Paired academic institutions will engage in knowledge-sharing experiments. The goal is to stimulate out-of-the-box thinking and creative solutions for complex global health challenges, and better understand what makes for long-term, respectful, and sustainable partnerships between academic institutions in different countries.
Why are they referred to as "experiments?"
STAR's emphasis on a laboratory approach to collaboration emphasizes experimentation and our curiousity about what conditions support successful, long-lasting partnerships.
How will you facilitate knowledge sharing and experiments among institutions?
STAR launched its Collaboration Laboratory in August 2019. Through the Collaboration Laboratory, paired academic institutions are supported to complete specific tasks or deliverables that advance global health practice. During laboratory "experiments," STAR staff also document successes and challenges in creating and sustaining mutually-beneficial partnerships between institutions, in order to refine a scalable and replicable partnership model for academic institutions globally.