International Agreements & CollaborationsThe Office of International Affairs (OIA) coordinates the execution of international agreements to support international programs for students and TTUHSC faculty exchanges. In serving as TTUHSC's contact for the agreement development process, OIA supports the faculty involved and ensures that the university acts in a strategic and consistent manner.
TTUHSC has a two-phase agreement process that includes a Memorandum of Understanding and a Program Agreement.
Memorandum of Understanding
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is a general umbrella document whereby TTUHSC and the international institution agree to establish a collaborative relationship.
The MOU does not set forth a specific program or project, but it is the requisite parent document to any specific Program Agreement which may later be executed between the parties.
The MOU is signed at the institutional level by the President of TTUHSC. The MOU encompasses all TTUHSC schools and components.
A Program Agreement defines specific collaborative programs, projects, and expectations. It is established on behalf of a specific TTUHSC school and requires the dean's approval in addition to the approval of the President of TTUHSC.
The Program Agreement outlines the details of the specific program or project, including each party's rights and responsibilities. Individual Program Agreements are executed for each separate program or project, such as observerships, student exchanges, ongoing faculty visits, joint research projects, and other collaborations.
For an overview of the procedures to create an international agreement at TTUHSC, click here.