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Guidelines for New Partnerships

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Guidelines for Entering into Formal International Partnerships

One of the major pillars of the University Strategic Plan is World Reach & Diversity.  World reach through our international partnerships with institutions abroad is an excellent way to expand our global reach and reputation.  President Collins has asked us to deepen and strengthen our international partnerships, and to add new partners when it is of strategic importance to the University.

Following are the guidelines for entering into new formal international partnerships:

  • The University should be ranked competitively in world rankings, or within its country's rankings.
  • The university should be interested in a multi-faceted partnership, i.e., student exchange at the undergraduate and graduate level for course credit or research; joint projects and/or joint research; sabbatical leave opportunities; short-term faculty visits; possible joint degree programs; and other appropriate activities.

  • Whenever possible, they should be accredited by the appropriate accrediting organization, i.e., ABET, AACSB, EQUIS, or similar in their region of the world. If they are in the process of applying for accreditation and are well into the final stages, we will consider the university as a potential partner.

  • Is there a Clarkson faculty member(s) who will be the primary liaison with this university?  In order for there to a strong partnership, a faculty relationship is very helpful.  This does not necessitate on-site visits. At the very least, the faculty member needs to have knowledge of the partner university’s curriculum and have a relationship with one or more faculty at the proposed partner university.

  • University-wide partnerships are preferred vs. school-to-school or department-to-department as the latter limit the level of interaction for cross-disciplinary collaboration, as well as available courses for our students. However, there are times when a school-to-school partnership can be the precursor to a university-wide partnership, so those opportunities may be explored.

NOTE: All international partnership MOU’s and Agreements are approved by the office of the Vice President for International Relations. Questions regarding the initiation and formation of international partnership agreements should be addressed to Vice President Johnson. 

Please complete the Questionaire for Potential International Partnership Agreements and submit to - 

Kathryn Johnson, Vice President for International Relations

Box 5651; kjohnson@clarkson.edu; 315-268-5515