Agreements with universities, government agencies and nongovernmental organizations located in other countries are employed to facilitate a range of international activities. MU currently maintains approved agreements with institutions in more than 40 countries around the world. Several of these agreements provide important tangible benefits, such as revenues for services rendered, access to research facilities, data or funding, and student and faculty exchange. However, since countries have different legal systems and different standards and expectations in higher education, international agreements can sometimes introduce unanticipated liabilities and obligations. Agreements may also introduce distributed costs, duplications of effort or other inefficiencies that offset expected benefits. MU seeks to estimate the potential benefits and costs of these agreements. The university needs to monitor and manage these flows to maximize its return on investment in international initiatives. International agreements can be used to extend MU’s global reach and reputation. By planning and managing which agreements and institutional associations to pursue, MU can affect its reputation in particular regions.
This charter establishes a campus committee on international memorandum of understanding review, in accordance with the Policies and Procedures on International Partnerships and Agreements.