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Examples of an MOU for the Development of Academic Cooperation

Sample Agreements

Models for International Partnerships

Example of a Student Exchange Program Agreement
Example of a General, Non-Binding Memorandum of Understanding
Example of Letter of Intent
Example of a General MOU with a focus on Exchange of Research Personnel
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Bringing Foreign and Indian Institutions Together

Academic collaboration programs between the Foreign universities and Indian institutions and organizations are aimed at meeting the rapidly growing Indian educational needs by leveraging mutual capabilities. A part of the core mission of all educational institutions is to prepare their students to compete in the global economy. These collaboration programs contribute to that goal by giving students and faculty members international experience and global perspectives.

Services for Students

Research Collaborations

Research Collaboration supports research, training and knowledge transfer in everything from architecture to zoology, apart from supporting World-class research facilities between institutions. It also promotes public engagement in science, engineering and technology. International Research Collaboration requires work in Sponsorship with other research investors including Government departments and agencies, Universities and colleges, and Industry.

Joint/Dual Degree Program

Joint Degree programs, also sometimes known as Dual Degree programs in India are extremely useful. In these programs, Indian institutions will continue to offer their regular Graduate and Post-Graduate programs as per the Indian curricula and give Indian degrees and diplomas after successful completion. Simultaneously, Indian institutions will supplement their existing curricula with the additional curricula of Foreign Universities. Students who successfully complete the existing curricula and the additional curricula will be given degrees by the Foreign Universities.

Certificate Programs

Certificate programs usually comprise of five or six courses and students earn a maximum of 18 to 24 credits. Certificate programs may be of two-semester duration (one year), though a few select programs of one semester duration may also be offered. Graduate and Post-Graduate certificate programs of Foreign Universities may be offered in their entirety through Indian institutions. In addition to their existing certificate programs, Foreign Universities may suitably tailor their Graduate and Post-Graduate degree or diploma programs and offer them as certificate programs in India. Students completing the certificate programs offered through Indian institutions will be given certificates by Foreign Universities

Twinning / Transfer Programs

Twinning / Transfer programs are "win-win" situations for all concerned parties. The Foreign Universities will receive well-prepared students who have been instructed entirely in English and are ready to begin their major studies. Indian Institutions are strengthened by access to the latest in Foreign curricular developments. Foreign-bound Indian students save substantial cost of studying abroad. Further, students will have a wide range of subjects to choose from in the Foreign Universities, apart from the opportunity to learn in two different cultural environments, and thus becoming well-rounded learners.

Distance Education Programs

Distance education is an emerging global phenomenon that promises to alter fundamentally the nature of traditional education and training. The increasingly pervasive nature of the Net and the Web, and the collaborative infrastructure provided by net-centric computing have led to the growth of distance education. The phenomenal growth of distance education is explained by the fact that over 90% of college students access the Internet, with 50% accessing the Web daily. Also, Indian companies and organizations are spending huge amounts on in-house training and education programs through distance and blended mode. The popularity of distance education programs has further increased with the availability of on-line discussion forums.

Faculty Exchange Programs

The faculty exchange programs would provide participants with the opportunity to teach or conduct research for one semester or an academic year at an overseas university. Faculty members would benefit from exposure to a culturally varied and diverse faculty make-up, with an opportunity to exchange ideas and observe a variety of styles. The faculty exchange program is one way to take advantage of the benefits of diverse faculty. Ultimate goal of educational institutions is to develop a vibrant and diverse faculty. This process, however cannot take place overnight. It occurs slowly, one or two faculty members at a time.

Student Exchange Programs

A student exchange program between Indian institutions and foreign universities is a program where students choose to study abroad in Sponsor institutions. An exchange student could live with a host family or in a designated place including hostels, affordable apartment/house or student lodge. The cost for each program differs according to countries and institutions. The participants could either apply/receive scholarship, self-funded or apply/receive loan.

Study Abroad in India Programs

Students of the Foreign Universities are welcome to India. Studying abroad in India for a semester or year will give students a fresh perspective on themselves, India, and the world. By living in a Foreign country such as India, students will constantly challenge themselves in many new and exciting ways and gain a level of independence they never knew they had. Studying abroad in India will expose them to diverse people and viewpoints, and they will get to experience a different way of life apart from their own in their country.

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