Members of the Berkeley campus community seeking to establish successful exchange agreements with international partner institutions are offered the following guidelines.
Evaluate the international agreement. Faculty should consider the following questions before planning an international partnership.
Check the International Partner Table. If UC Berkeley already has a general MOU with the desired partner, it may not be necessary to sign a new MOU. Addenda for specific programs or activities can be added to the general MOU.
Identify faculty collaborators. Exchange agreements are based upon active faculty participation to ensure their vitality and effectiveness. The first step in developing an exchange agreement is the identification of those faculty members at Berkeley and their counterparts at international institutions who are willing and able to collaborate.
Request a copy of the standard template. The Global Engagement Office can provide a standard template can be used for general agreements that include:
Using the template, faculty collaborators may include descriptions of program-specific objectives, augmenting template language if needed.
If the propsed partnership includes funding, faculty will need to determine if the funding is a gift, research gift, sponsored project or business contract. Check the Research website for resources and indicators.
Determine signatory. The Chancellor signs campus-wide cooperation agreements between universities. Deans and ORU Directors may also sign agreements on behalf of their units. We do not encourage department chairs and individual faculty to sign Memoradum of Understanding or cooperation agreements, even if the text is legally and financially non-binding. Sponsored Projects, Gifts, and Business Contracts need to be signed by the appropriate administrative representative.
Submit proposal for review. GEO can help evaluate your proposal, suggest additional review and forward to the appropriate signatory.
Notification. Please notify GEO of any new agreements and provide a PDF copy for campus records.