Eastern Mediterranean University (CYPRUS)
About this paper:
Appears in: INTED2013 Proceedings
Publication year: 2013
Pages: 767-773
ISBN: 978-84-616-2661-8
ISSN: 2340-1079
Conference name: 7th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 4-5 March, 2013
Location: Valencia, Spain
The aim of the survey was to learn how SFL staff felt about Academic Partnership (AP). In addition, how they felt about collaborative work and the notion of working with staff on a volunteer basis to exchange information and experiences. The survey revealed School of Foreign Languages (SFL) staff’s motivation and productivity expectations.
Along with the survey, a power-point presentation introducing the AP and the aims and objectives were also sent. Before the survey analysis, AP is not mentoring, as such

… but a collaborative, mutually beneficial partnership between two colleagues who voluntarily work together for an aim. That is, the two colleagues collaborate for a specific aim and where the process of information exchange between the two colleagues contributes to the professional development of both parties.

Why was there a need for such as project in the first place?

In last years’ Workshop Fest, most workshops were presented by partners some were due to their PhD. Programmes others were due to colleagues working in the same teams, but there were some that you could not see the connection other than pure self interest by partners wanting to work together and to exchange experiences and know how on a particular field.
The survey was made up of eight parts in which respondents indicated their opinions regarding the AP. The number of respondents’ to the survey were 82. However, only 72 of the respondents managed to complete the whole survey. Although this is considered a low response by SFL staff, it still provided interesting insights as to what respondents felt about such a new project.
Collabrative, information exchange, motivation, academic partnership.