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 :

  1. 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.
  2. MOU with Thompson Rivers University to collaborate for research, academic programs, student exchange, faculty exchange and sharing of resources.
  3. 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.