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Questions to Consider Before Entering into Partnership Agreements

Before initiating a new MOU or another type of international agreement, ODU faculty and administrators are asked to first carefully consider the following questions:

What is the purpose of the agreement? Do you need an agreement to do what you seek to do? Why?

Partner institutional capacity

  1. Is the partner's mission compatible with ODU?
  2. Does the partner's curriculum match ODUs?
  3. Is the partner's academic calendar compatible with ODU?
  4. What is the language of instruction? Is there language support?
  5. Does the partner have similar research interests/strengths?


  1. Are any of the following are available for support of this partnership: Faculty release time; travel for site visits; accommodations for visiting scholars; aid for study abroad students; special projects or collaborations?
  2. Will the department, college, or other participating party commit resources to the agreement?
  3. What resources, if any, is the partner offering?
  4. What are the cost advantages of developing this partnership?

Student Exchange Agreement interest

  1. What is the current level of student interest in this country?
  2. Is there interest in this activity from multiple departments or colleges?
  3. Is there a commitment from the proposed partner to sending enough students to balance an exchange?

Faculty Agreement interest

  1. Are faculty in the particular department or college supportive of this partnership?
  2. Are faculty in other departments or colleges interested in this partnership?
  3. What is the current level of faculty activity with this partner?

Research Agreement interest

  1. Will any intellectual property (i.e. patents, copyrights, etc.) be developed during the course of the collaboration?
  2. Will any sensitive technologies or materials be involved?

Overlap with existing partnerships

  1. Will the proposed partnership compete with similar partnerships for students and faculty?
  2. How will the proposed partnership address a gap in existing partnerships?

Outcomes and expected level of activity

  1. What are the initial areas of collaboration for this partnership that build understanding at lower cost and risk?
  2. When fully developed what is a reasonable level of activity for this partnership?

Establishing International Partnerships
International Agreement Considerations
International Partnership Agreements