An MoU is a Memorandum of Understanding, which is one type of formal, written agreement that UAlberta can establish with another party.
An MoU creates an official linkage between UAlberta and the other institution and symbolizes a commitment on both sides to develop meaningful outputs through that relationship. MoUs are not usually legally binding, but indicate an intention to work together, identifying common goals for collaboration.
Some other types of agreements, such as for student exchange and dual degree programs, are legally-binding and represent a serious and formal commitment to work together, outlining responsibilities and processes.
Other types of legally-binding international agreements include internships or clinical placements, visiting student programs, faculty exchanges, and more.
Here are just some of the MoUs and other new agreements that UAlberta has signed recently:
• MoUs with Universite Grenoble-Alpes (France), the University of Development Studies (Ghana), the Mexican Ministry of Energy, and Jilin University (China)
• Agreements with Universidade de Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Yonsei University (Korea) for graduate dual degree programs in Pharmacy and Physical Education and Recreation, respectively
• University-wide and Faculty-specific exchange agreements with institutions including the Universite libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), Lund University (Sweden), the Medical University of Graz (Austria), Shanghai Jiaotong University (China), and Singapore Management University.
• Internship exchange agreement with the University of Leeds (UK)
• EU funding agreements for faculty and student mobility with the University of Innsbruck (Austria), Palacký University of Olomouc (Czech Republic), and Silesia University (Poland)
• Doctoral Research Fellowship and Visiting Professorship agreements with the Hungarian government
• Agreements to provide training programs for doctoral students and university administrators from Poland and China, respectively