Carleton University has an extensive network of international partnerships which are promoted and managed by different faculties.

Inter-institutional Partnership Agreements
Carleton International manages 98 inter-institutional memoranda of understanding (MOUs) and cooperative agreements including research partnerships, faculty and student mobility (research only), international consortia, institutional capacity, training, etc. in 38 countries. These agreements are frequently required by international partners as a way to initiate other initiatives. They articulate and clarify working terms agreed upon by the parties to carry out a number of activities on a cooperative basis.

  • List of current research memoranda of understanding
  • Map of current research memoranda of understanding

How to request a MOU?
Institutional partnerships are driven by the research and academic interests of Carleton faculty members. 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.

To initiate a MOU, Carleton faculty members, researchers or instructors complete the International Research Agreement Approval form and submit it to Carlos Vargas. This form determines the need and rationale for a new institutional agreement and must be approved and signed by the faculty champion’s Dean before the MOU or agreement is processed by Carleton International.

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, and 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.

What is a MOU?
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU): An agreement between institutions used to initiate institutional collaborations and to support research, capacity building, research mobility, and other forms of academic or research partnership. The accord establishes expectations of the relationship between institutions and identifies possible areas of collaboration. In most cases, MOUs aren’t intended to commit institutional resources and their duration usually ranges from 1 to 5 years.

Important Considerations

The primary aim of any international agreement is to strengthen teaching and research while broadening the international experience of the participants and fostering goodwill.

  • 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
  • Additional Points for consideration
    • Future objectives – potential growth areas for future collaborations
    • Resource implications- financial, facilities and other resources
    • Fit with Carleton’s strategic directions
    • Academic compatibility among parties – What strengths does the partner institution bring to the linkage? How will Carleton benefit?
    • Short and long term benefits and risks

Agreement Negotiation

Once your request for a new agreement has been approved, Carleton International will contact you to proceed with the negotiation process.  As the primary point of contact with the other institution, it will be the faculty champion’s responsibility to follow through on negotiating the terms of the agreement unless he or she specifically asks Carleton International to negotiate the agreement on their behalf. Carleton International will help determine what type of agreement is required, which template should be used and how the review or approval process should be managed. Both sides must indicate agreement to the final terms of the document prior to signature.

Obtaining Signatures

Once both institutions have agreed on the terms of the agreement, Carleton International will print the final version and send it through the Vice-President (Research and International) and the President’s office for signature.  If the partner institution prints and signs the agreement first, please ensure two original copies are forwarded to Carleton International in order to obtain Carleton’s signatures.

Other Agreements

  • Student Exchange agreements: The International Student Services Office (ISSO) manages international academic student exchange agreements. There are over 170 student exchange agreements (graduate and undergraduate). Student exchange agreements allow for reciprocal and balanced movement of students between two partner institutions.  Students pay tuition fees to their home institution for courses taken while on exchange.  Students may study to a maximum of 1 academic year on this type of program. Please contact the ISSO directly to inquire about existing or new student exchange agreements: International Student Services Office (ISSO).
  • Industry and Partnership Services (IPS)-based agreements. IPS manages and facilitates co-operation between companies and the University’s researchers