What are Agreements of Cooperation?

Agreements of Cooperation, Program Agreements, Affiliation Agreements, or Memoranda of Understanding are all documents that formalize a relationship between UTRGV and another entity, such as a foreign university.

What is the Purpose of this Form?

The purpose of this form is to gather the information necessary to judge whether a formal agreement is necessary to move forward with a project, research agenda, program, or similar activity.

Who Should Fill-in the Form?

Only an individual at UTRGV directly involved in the current or proposed programs for the partnership should fill in this form. By filling in this form, you will be directly involved in developing and maintaining the programs described in this form. You will be the UTRGV champion for this partnership. You will be asked to report out each year on this partnership's progress if it is approved.

What is the Approval Process?

All agreements of cooperation, program agreements, or affiliation agreements with foreign partner institutions are signed by the university's president or one of the designees.

Proposals for new agreements of cooperation or new programs under existing agreements will undergo an internal review process through International Programs and Partnerships' office. Here are the steps that will be required of the UTRGV champion for this new partnership.

  1. UTRGV champion submits this form.
  2. An internal review by International Programs and Partnerships personnel.
  3. Zoom or virtual meeting with the foreign partner, IPP Director, and UTRGV champion. The purpose of this meeting is to identify specific, measurable, actionable goals for this partnership.
  4. Review by the International Programs Advisory Committee. The IPAC is comprised of faculty and the Director of International Programs and Partnerships. The proposal will either be approved or sent back to the champion for more information or clarification.
  5. UTRGV champion may be asked to resubmit a proposal based on IPAC review.
  6. Documents routed for approvals and signatures.

Does UTRGV Need an Agreement of Cooperation or MOU with this Foreign Entity?

Before submitting this proposal, it is important to consider the following points. The review process will look for information in the proposal that addresses each of the points below and rate the proposal's merit accordingly. The answer to all of these questions should be NO. If you answer YES to any of them, reconsider submitting this form.

  • Can UTRGV carry out the proposed programs without a formal Agreement of Cooperation? (Reconsider submission and do the project.)
  • Are you proposing this Agreement of Cooperation for any reason other than the execution of measurable projects? (Identify real programs and projects before submitting this proposal. Avoid seeking partnerships purely for marketing purposes to enhance your personal or departmental profile.)
  • Will this partnership primarily involve other units or individuals at UTRGV besides you? (Do not submit this proposal. Go and convince those units or individuals of the merits of this partnership and ask them to consider submitting the proposal and being the UTRGV champion.)
  • Does a relationship with this foreign entity threaten or weaken UTRGV's reputation in the foreign country or internationally? (If the proposed partner has a history of bad press in its home environment, then reconsider submitting this form. If the proposed partner is not a high-quality institution in research, academics, or higher education service, then reconsider submitting this form.)
  • Is the proposed partnership only beneficial to one entity, either UTRGV or the proposed partner? (Reconsider submitting this form, or reimagine the partnership before submitting.)
  • Will this partnership and its projects involve shared research equipment or payments made between institutions? (A contract is required and not an agreement if either of these two conditions is true.)
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