Develop a Partnership

Global Engagement is designed to provide administrative support for internationalization initiatives driven by the competence and passion of UM faculty and staff. The University welcomes and supports initiatives to establish contacts and working collaborations between scholars and units at UM and their international counterparts. Such contacts constitute a relationship between UM and an overseas institution. The formalization of international partnerships must be approved at the higher administrative levels involved with international matters in order to maximize the benefits of University resources in the establishment of overseas partnerships.

Global Engagement has established several types of partnerships. Formalized partnerships typically include, but are not limited to; Memorandum of Understanding (MOU); Exchange (student faculty, and/or staff); Dual Degree; and Special Interest. In certain rare instances, a specifically-tailored agreement may be preferable.

The following procedures have been adopted for the consideration of new overseas institutional partnerships and the formalization of relations with the partner institution:
  1. Proposed partnerships must have at least one advocate who is a University of Montana full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty member or administrator at the level of dean or director or higher. The advocate must have a working knowledge of the candidate partner institution and must agree to serve as the point of contact for questions regarding the proposed partnership.

  2. Faculty members or administrators interested in exploring the possibility of an overseas institutional relationship are requested to consult with Global Engagement to discuss their ideas and draft a proposal that will be submitted to the International Committee. The proposal should include the following:

  • The units on campus that would benefit from the establishment of a formal partnership.  The advocate must demonstrate that significant academic merit and institutional compatibility exist to establish a formal long-term relationship;
  • A clear endorsement of the proposal by affected units at the level of Dean or Director;
  • A list of expected outcomes from the partnership and timeline for activity involving students or faculty or both;
  • Evidence that the partnership will strengthen research, teaching, or other scholastic activity and will substantially enhance existing student and/or faculty opportunities at UM. Proposed partnership should provide significant new opportunities to UM faculty and students, particularly if UM already has agreements in place with other universities from the same country or the same region;
  • A discussion of the financial ramifications of establishing a formal agreement (proposed arrangements for exchange student tuition and fees, discussion of grant proposals to be submitted as part of the collaboration, etc.). Usually more detailed proposals create more sustainable partnerships. Advocate(s) are strongly encourages to present their proposals to the International Committee in person.
Global Engagement reviews the proposal and schedules its discussion on the agenda of the International Committee.
The International Committee reviews and recommends successful proposals for approval to the President or the Designee.
The President or the Designee signs the agreement.