Carleton University’s international outreach is rich, diverse and dynamic. Carleton’s award-winning faculty members are recognized internationally for their scholarship and cutting-edge research in over 50 disciplines. Our international activities range from capacity-building opportunities, conferences, experiential-learning opportunities, faculty mobility, industry partnerships, intercultural training, international research projects, internships, joint academic arrangements (cotutelle, dual degree programs), MOUs, student exchanges, student research opportunities, study tours, visiting scholar programs and much more. For a quick look at some of our international linkages, please visit Global Connections Map, which displays (i) MOUs, (ii) international research projects, (iii) visiting scholars, and (iv) research mobility grants -managed by Carleton International only.
Inter-institutional Partnership Agreements
Carleton International processes institutional MOUs with universities and other organizations from around the world on behalf of Faculties. These accords support research, capacity building, research mobility, student mobility, and other forms of academic or research partnerships. They are required for formalization purposes to support advanced discussions which lead to concrete international initiatives. They articulate and clarify working terms agreed upon by the parties to carry out a number of activities on a cooperative basis. Carleton International manages over 100 inter-institutional memoranda of understanding (MOUs) including research partnerships, faculty and student mobility (research only), international consortia, institutional capacity, training, etc. in 38 countries. For a list of MOUs, click here.
The primary aim of any international agreement is to advance Carleton’s academic and research goals as set out in the International Strategic Plan 2020-2025 and Strategic Integrated Plan. Agreements should specify:
- Joint or reciprocal actions to be taken
- Period of time which the agreement is expected to be in force
- Responsible departments at both institutions
- Clearly stated objectives and limitations
- Short and long term benefits and risks
- Resource implications: financial, facilities and other resources
- Fit with Carleton’s strategic directions
- Academic and/or research compatibility among the parties
How to request a MOU?
To initiate a MOU, Carleton faculty members, researchers or instructors (Faculty champion) complete the International MOU Form and submit it to Ridhima Peravali. Approval forms should include a description of the proposed institutional partner, a summary of the intended areas of cooperation including the activities being proposed, potential Carleton resource commitments, a list of the units or departments that will be involved; as well as a clear explanation of the mutually beneficial elements of each partnership to the institutions involved. All MOUs must be reviewed by Carleton International prior to being negotiated. The review process at Carleton includes a legal review, risk assessment, and administrative review. Faculty members and researchers at other institutions should contact a faculty member at Carleton in order to initiate partnership discussions and identify potential opportunities for collaboration.
Carleton International will negotiate the MOU with the partner in consultation with the Faculty champion to ensure consistency and clarity regarding its objectives and goals. Carleton International will help determine what type of agreement is required and how the review or approval process should be managed. As the primary point of contact with the other institution, it will be the faculty champion’s responsibility to follow through the terms of the agreement during the life of the accord.
A MOU might still be required as an overall umbrella accord by some partners. Please contact the applicable office for other agreements:
- for international research project agreement assistance, please contact Heloise Emdon
- for student exchange agreements, contact ISSO
- for cotutelle agreements, contact the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs
- for international internship agreements, contact Career Services