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MOU Guidelines

Global Partnerships Start Here

Faculty and administrators are encouraged to collaborate to advance NC State’s goal of integrating global perspectives into the university’s academic and research mission. NC State Global facilitates the process of global partnership development for all university-wide collaborations by establishing Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) or agreements with institutions outside of the United States.

MOU and International Cooperative Agreements must be authorized by the Chancellor or Provost to protect NC State from unplanned financial or legal obligations.

Consulting with NC State Global is the first step to successful global partnership-building in all scenarios. Our staff support faculty and administrators throughout the process to ensure quality international programming and partnerships that best suit your needs.

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How to Establish New MOU and Agreements

  1. Consult the Office of Global Engagement
    NC State Global maintains records of all existing agreements that may be useful in preparation of a new partnerships and has information about NC State, Board of Governors, state, and federal policies that may impact the planned collaboration.
  2. Allocate Resources
    If necessary, initiating units must ensure that resources to support the agreement are available through the department, college, or university.
  3. Draft Agreement
    The agreement is reviewed by NC State Global and the Office of General Counsel for consistency with NC State policies and procedures.
  4. Partner Review
    The draft agreement is forwarded to the partner institution(s) for their review. NC State Global and the initiating unit negotiate with the partner institution(s) as needed to achieve consensus on a final agreement.
  5. Sign Agreement 
    Two originals are signed by all parties. One is kept by NC State Global and logged into the Global Partners Database. The other original is forwarded to the partner institution for their records. Signature authority for all MOU and agreements reside with the Chancellor or Provost. Agreements without authorized signatures are not valid.