Partnership Development

Global Linkages help advance your individual research, project, and mobility goals, as well as assist Memorial's growth and stance as a world educational leader.

The Internationalization Office can help assist you in the development of institutional linkages through:

  • The development of agreement templates (and bespoke agreements) that will meet General Counsel's approval
  • Language negotiation in line with the requirements of the various units at the university (through to final authorization of the agreements)
  • Promotion of opportunities for collaborative research, teaching opportunities, and unique experiences facilitated by our current partners
  • Cataloguing of international institutional agreements from various global higher education institutions.

Establishing an International Agreement

Memorial University encourages international collaboration and academic partnerships with foreign institutions and agencies. While informal collaboration can occur at any time, formal collaboration requires a signed agreement, such as those listed below: 

  1. General MOU Agreement (also known as an “Umbrella Agreement”) is a non-legally binding document that confirms the intention of Memorial and the partner institution to develop collaborative activities in a range of academic or research areas. This agreement but does not make specific commitments nor involve any commitment of resources. Specific areas of collaboration, once determined, are implemented through separate agreements that are required to be approved by authorized officials at Memorial (normally the Office of the Provost).

  2. Agreement for Reciprocal Student Exchanges details activities associated with the exchange of students between Memorial and a partner institution. Normally under such agreements, Tuition and some Student Fees are waived for a limited number of seats. At Memorial, foreign health insurance is mandatory. This agreement also outlines Privacy compliance and other legally binding contractual obligations. The Internationalization Office must be contacted for all agreements involving student travel, whether for study, work or research, in order to ensure compliance with immigration, health insurance and travel policies.

  3. Agreement for Faculty/Staff Exchanges details the roles and responsibilities, as well as procedures for exchanging faculty and/or administrative staff. These exchanges require extensive consideration, including immigration, health insurance, collective agreements, and financial and logistical implications. It is recommended that faculty or staff interested in such an exchange discuss first with their supervisor, head or dean and then with approval, approach the Internationalization Office for support through the agreement negotiation.

All such agreements must be consistent with the overall strategic goals of the university, including such international priorities as may from time to time be set. Templates for such agreements are available by contacting 

Memorial’s Internationalization Office offers guidelines to help academic units develop international agreements.