Missouri University of Science and Technology recognizes the importance of global engagement in the advancement of research, the pursuit of technological improvements, and the conveyance of knowledge for the betterment of our nation and the world. Vibrant student and faculty exchange programs and international agreements are central to our mission of solving the world’s greatest challenges.
To this end, we provide our faculty, staff, students, and alumni with international learning, teaching, and research experiences that prepare them for success in a rapidly changing global economy.
Determine if Missouri S&T has an existing agreement with the prospective international partner, and the type and term of the agreement.
Once the need for a new or renewed international agreement is determined, the faculty member, or academic unit should review the following information:
Missouri S&T establishes several types of international agreements. The most common types of agreements are as follows:
An LOI is a basic agreement between Missouri S&T and the international partner that signifies a mutual friendship and indicates both parties’ intent to establish collaborative activities.
A MOAC, sometimes referred to as a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), is an agreement that covers broad objectives in the spirit of promoting intellectual cooperation and international understanding. A MOAC may also include student exchange, faculty and staff exchange, joint research activities, joint organization of seminars and academic meetings, exchange of academic materials, joint organization of special academic and non-academic programs, and publication of the results of collaborative research projects. A MOAC does not include specific details of the collaboration, but can serve as the foundation for developing future, more specific agreements.
In addition to the agreements above, two types of agreements are available for establishing degree programs with an international partner institution. After the MOAC is established, departments or schools may wish to develop joint or dual degree programs. These partnership agreements are not affiliated with student exchange; student participants or their sponsors pay tuition and fees directly to Missouri S&T. The agreements include the following:
The goals and objectives of each international partnership should complement the mission and purpose of Missouri S&T and be consistent with the University’s strategic objectives.
International agreements should address one or more of the following:
To ensure compliance with applicable U.S. Export Control regulations, faculty members who sponsor international agreements are required to acknowledge/sign a “Restrictive Clause.” For more information, contact the Office of Sponsored Programs.
When deciding whether to include a request for student exchange in your agreement, please consider the following:
Complete at Memorandum of Academic Cooperation (MOAC) Linkage Request Form. If the proposed agreement includes student exchange, you must also complete the MOAC Appendix A Student Exchange Agreement Form.
Return the completed and signed form(s) to Amy Gillman at email@example.com.
Sr. Director, Program/Project Operations
College of Engineering and Computing
Phone: (573) 341-4193