New Partnerships - Questions to Consider

Questions to Consider in Developing a Memorandum of Understanding or Specific Agreement:

Student interest:

1. What is the current level of student activity with this partner?
2. What is the current level of student interest in this region or country?
3. What is the estimated number of students that will be eligible on a regular, long-term basis to participate in the proposed program?
4. Is there interest in this activity from multiple units or colleges?
5. What is the proposed partner’s commitment to sending enough student to balance an exchange?

Faculty interest:

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

Overlap with existing partnerships:

1. Does the proposed partnership compete with similar partnerships for students and faculty?
2. Does the proposed partnership address a gap in existing partnerships?
3. How does the proposed partnership leverage existing partnerships or institutional strengths?

Partner institutional capacity:

1. Does the proposed partner institution have a comparable reputation?
2. If not overall, are the reputations of specific programs compatible?
3. Is the partner’s mission compatible with TU?
4. Does the partner’s curriculum match the TU’s needs?
5. Is the partner’s academic calendar compatible with TU?
6. What is the language of instruction? Is there language support?
7. Does the partner have similar research interests/strengths?
8. Does the partner have an established administrative office to facilitate the agreement?
9. Are there significant safety concerns?
10. Is the planned activity legal for both partners to undertake?


1. Will the department, college, or other participating party commit resources to the agreement?
2. What resources is the partner offering?
3. What external sources of support are available?
4. What are the cost advantages of developing this partnership?
5. Which 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?

Outcomes and expected level of activity:

1. What are the first activities for this partnership that build understanding at lower cost and risk?
2. What is a reasonable level of activity for this fully developed partnership?

Institutional monitoring:

1. Who is the TU faculty member willing to sponsor the partner agreement?
2. What is the term for review of the agreement?
3. What are the activity-based metrics that will be used to evaluate this partnership?