Establishing Institutional Agreements

We foster partnerships for the Queen's Community

On behalf of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), the Office of the Vice-Provost, Global Engagement provides assistance to the Queen's community in evaluating prospective academic partnerships, and developing and maintaining international academic agreements with institutions and government offices worldwide.

Types of Agreements

Unsure where to start? Please email our Agreement Coordinators    to learn more about academic partnership development.

Covers: terms of access to the resources and services of hospitals and other healthcare organizations, in order for the University to offer programs of education and professional training in health and health-related fields.

Covers: terms of placement of students, normally for clinical placements of medical, nursing, and rehabilitation therapy students.

Covers: terms of placement of Bachelor of Education students for duration of one practicum, normally in foreign setting

Covers: a customized program of doctoral study developed jointly by two institutions for an individual student in which the requirements of each university’s doctoral programs are upheld, but the student working with supervisors at each institution prepares a single thesis that is then examined by a committee whose members are drawn from both institutions. The student is awarded two degree documents, though there is a notation on the transcripts indicating that the student completed his or her thesis under co-tutelle arrangements.

Covers: terms of delivery of tailored or custom training programs

Covers: a program of study offered by two or more universities, or by a university and a college or institute, including Institutes of Technology and Advanced Learning, in which successful completion of the requirements is confirmed by a separate and different degree/diploma document being awarded by each of the participating institutions.

Covers: terms of (reciprocal) exchange of faculty, student, academic and administrative staff, and/or post-doctoral fellows between two institutions. Agreement document should note duration (minimum 1 term, maximum 1 year), level (undergraduate, graduate, etc.), details concerning credit transfer, means of application, registration, etc. Students are registered at home institution and pay fees to home institution only. 

Covers: a program of study offered by two or more universities or by a university and a college or institute, including an Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, in which successful completion of the requirements is confirmed by a single degree document. 

Covers: formalize exchange opportunities between two universities, in which faculty and/or staff visit to provide opportunities to collaborate with colleagues through knowledge sharing, research, interchange of teaching expertise, and lectureships. A faculty exchange agreement is not required in order for faculty to travel to or invite colleagues to visit, however, in some cases a formal agreement is required in order to secure funding to support the collaboration.

Covers: a non-legally binding overarching university-level agreement that describes a range of possible areas of future collaboration. The MOU serves as an umbrella agreement to more detailed sub-agreements, but can stand-alone. Queen’s no longer uses the MOU as a standard agreement document. An MOU is implemented when an operational agreement is not necessary, but the partner university relies on a general agreement in order to access local government scholarship funding, or where a ceremonial signing at the senior administration level is required. NOTE: Students cannot participate in mobility programs under an MOU.

Looking to Build Research Partnerships?

The Office of Partnerships and Innovation supports Faculties, Schools and individual Researchers across campus to develop research collaborations between Queen’s and partner institutions, including negotiating research agreements with research partners or start ups. 

Partnerships and Innovation Website
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