A formal institutional agreement is required to
- Provide a framework for student/staff exchanges and research collaboration
- Secure long-term commitment to a project
- Gain the approval of foreign governments or to obtain third party funding
- When an academic unit or the university as a whole is committing resources towards the achievement of international collaborative activities
If you want to initiate or renew an international linkage agreement please fill in and submit the international linkage agreement application and contact us for further information.
Note that international activities undertaken by individual faculty, staff or students of two or more institutions on their own behalf may not require a formal institutional agreement. Informal agreements may be used in such cases.
Proposals that involve major research initiatives or financial commitments should be discussed with the relevant vice-president or vice-provost at an early stage. Proposals involving graduate students must have the approval of the vice-provost of graduate education.
Finally, to keep your agreement running, note that each academic cooperation agreement (ACA) has a termination date or “sunset clause”. This date applies equally to ACAs as well as any accompanying supplemental letter of agreement (SLOA). Agreements are normally signed for a period of five years. The sunset clause provides the opportunity to review the activities outlined in the agreement and decide whether to renew the agreement. ACAs also include provisions for termination of the agreement by either party.