An MOU indicates that a legal contract will be forthcoming. This is more expeditious than other forms of documentation. An MOU can also be put in place before the formalities of a contract when an agreement between parties has been reached but still requires written documentation.
MOUs can vary and be tailored to each organization’s or party’s needs. An MOU should state or describe:
- Who the partners are and their contact information
- What it is they are going to be working on, the background of the project and why the MOU is being entered into
- The scope of the document and who will use what the MOU provides
- Specified activities, if already determined
- Implementation of activitie
- Each party’s roles and responsibilities
- A time line, if desired
- Duration of agreement
- A signature and date of signature by all of the parties agreeing to the MOU
One advantage of MoUs over more formal instruments is that, because obligations under international law may be avoided, they can often be put into effect without requiring legislative approval. Hence, MoUs are often used to modify and adapt existing treaties, in which case these MoUs have factual treaty status. The decision concerning ratification, however, is determined by the parties’ internal law and depends to a large degree on the subject agreed upon. MoUs that are kept confidential (i.e., not registered with the UN) cannot be enforced before any UN organ, and it may be concluded that no obligations under international law have been created.
St. Albert’s College signed MOU with different international institutions :
- MOU with Binary University for Management & Entrepreneurship to collaborate for research, Joint/Dual degree programs, Faculty & student exchange and promotion of integrated curricula for related studies.
- MOU with Thompson Rivers University to collaborate for research, academic programs, student exchange, faculty exchange and sharing of resources.
- MOU with University of Seisen Japan to collaborate for research, Joint/Dual degree programs, Faculty & student exchange and promotion of integrated curricula for related studies.
- MOU with University of KatHo, Catholic University of Applied Sciences , Germany, The collaboration focuses on Faculty/student exchanges, Research collaborations, Knowledge transfer, etc.
Areas of Collaboration
Research Collaborations: Faculty/Researchers/Students of ALBERTS and partner universities can collaborate in future research projects that either involve working cooperatively with partner institutions and/or cover a research topic with an international component. Activities include, but are not limited to, efforts toward developing proposals for collaborative research, co-authoring publication, conducting joint research projects, or establishing joint research centers etc.
Faculty Exchange with Partner Universities: Faculty members of ALBERTS and partner universities can travel between to participate in activities that can enhance their international experience and knowledge and also to foster relations between the parties. Activities include, but are not limited to, delivering lectures, teaching a course, taking a sabbatical, acquiring skills for institutional governance and developing collaborative research etc.
Student Exchange with Partner Universities: Students can be given an opportunity to travel among parties to participate in activities/events that will enhance their international experience and knowledge.
Promotion of integrated studies for related studies: The parties can look at integrating an international/intercultural dimension into their teaching, research, and service functions of the university which would enable the students understanding on a global perspective.
Cooperate in the exchange of information relating to their activities in teaching and research in fields of mutual interests; sharing best practices adopted by each parties; sharing of e-content between the parties; access to library and repository services, if possible.
Conduct cultural projects, study tours, as mutually agreed in writing between the parties prior to commencement of this activity: