Exchanges & Partnerships
Establishing a Partnership
There are many pathways to developing relationships with the University of Minnesota. Many of our successful partnerships develop from faculty relationships that begin with an interaction and/or a joint research project and grow into a more formal partnership that may encompass additional activities such as student exchange, expanded joint research, and scholarship.
Each relationship will have a unique form and likely pursue a unique purpose or goal, inspired by the people involved. Goals may include student exchange, faculty exchange, joint research, short-term scholarly visits or training, or additional activities. It is important when exploring a partnership to develop clear goals. In many cultures, the developing relationship is dependent upon the signing of an official document indicating that the institution has a formal relationship with the University of Minnesota.
In some, but not all cases, the partnership may require a commitment of University resources beyond faculty or staff time. It is important that the University of Minnesota contact consults with the Office of the General Counsel to ensure that the University does not inappropriately enter into an agreement that it cannot uphold. A document may seem to be a mere formality but may, in fact, commit the University to some process or payment that is impossible to fulfill.
Most University of Minnesota partnerships are established and maintained at the collegiate level. In such cases that involve student exchange, the GPS Alliance will provide transactional assistance for the outbound domestic students and the incoming international students. The ongoing support, promotion, and administration of the relationship, however, is managed in the college.
To ensure compliance with University policies and procedures, the Office of the General Counsel has developed five templates to address the most frequent needs:
- Memorandum of understanding
- One-way sending agreement (i.e., U of M students go to partner institution)
- One-way receiving agreement (i.e., partner institution students come to U of M)
- Student exchange
- Student and faculty exchange
These templates are intended as guidelines and can be altered with approval from the Office of the General Counsel. Details outlining the terms of the agreement can either be embedded in the document or subsequently added as an addendum to the agreement.