UNMC believes international agreements should build on the academic standing of the two collaborating universities. The collaboration should enhance each institution’s competitive advantage in the discipline as well as their international standing while nurturing outstanding research that leads faculty and students to rigorous scholarly and professional training in an international setting.
The types of international agreements that UNMC enters into include, but are not limited to:
- Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
- Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)
- Student Exchange Agreement (SEA)
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
MOU declares an intent to explore opportunities to collaborate in areas that would be mutually beneficial to each institution. MOUs may lead to more specific activities and goals, which could then be expressed in the form of a MOA.
- Expresses an intent to explore a closer relationship with an institution
- Publicly records the mutual interest to collaborate
- Provides a symbolic foundation for the institutional relationship
- Contains no financial commitments
Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)
MOA provides a strategic advantage to UNMC as umbrella agreements for concrete and specific activities of importance.
- Carries out the strategic international goals of UNMC and provides a diplomatic framework for institutional relationships
- Codifies a partnership involving significant collaboration and is a legally binding document
- Specifies activities, resources, outcomes, obligations, and limitations by each partner
- Contains specific financial obligations (specifically on the part of the UNMC partner)
- Includes Student Exchange Agreements and Cooperative Degree Programs
Student Exchange Agreement (SEA)
Student exchanges are recognized as a valuable opportunity for making the educational experience truly international by enrolling UNMC students in programs abroad and in return enabling their international counterparts to attend UNMC and benefit from our programs, while at the same time bringing international diversity to our student body.
- Two complementary mobility programs: education abroad programs for UNMC students and recruitment of international students to UNMC
- Students pay tuition to their home institution only
- Exchanges are reciprocal and must be balanced for academic as well as budgetary reasons
- A SEA contract involves a UNMC unit sending students on an education abroad experience as well as welcoming the international partner institution’s students to join their program at UNMC