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Task force on international agreements

Agreements with universities, government agencies and NGOs located in other countries are used to facilitate a range of international activities. MU currently maintains approximately 250 fully 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, student and faculty exchange, etc. 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, duplication of effort or other inefficiencies that offset expected benefits. It is very important that MU enhances its abilities to estimate the potential benefits and costs of these agreements. Wherever possible, we need to monitor and manage these flows to maximize our return on investment in international initiatives.

Similarly, international agreements can be used to extend MU’s global reach and reputation. By planning and managing which agreements and institutional associations to pursue, we can affect our reputation in particular regions. However, currently, MU does not have general knowledge about:

  1. how agreements are submitted, reviewed and approved;
  2. where MU has established agreements;
  3. what impacts they bring to our campus.

To address these issues, MU has appointed a task force to report to the Provost and Vice Provost for International Programs. The task force will complete a final report by December 2017.

Objectives and expected outcomes

  • Assess and report current status/trends for current MU international agreements, in terms of process and effects.
  • Propose guidelines, policies and procedures for submitting, reviewing, signing and evaluating international agreements.
  • Propose work assignments and responsibilities to manage and monitor international agreements, as well as an outreach plan to implement these policies and procedures.



Paul H. Ladehoff, task force chair
School of Law

Melinda M. Adams
MU Division of Finance

Gay Albright
Trulaske College of Business

Miguel E. Ayllon
College of Engineering

Fritz Cropp
School of Journalism

Cooper Drury
College of Arts and Science

Ellen L. Eardley
Office Civil Rights-Title IX

Sarah Edwards
Student Life

David English
School of Law

Casey Forbis
MU Division of Finance

Bryan L. Garton
College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Cherine Heckman
School of Nursing

Gabrielle Malfatti
College of Education

Mitchell S. McKinney
College of Arts and Science

James K. Scott
Interim Vice Provost for International Programs,
International Center

Rui Yao
College of Human Environmental Sciences

Shuping Zhang
College of Veterinary Medecine