Guidelines for international partnerships and agreements

Requests to initiate formally acknowledged activities between the University of Waterloo and an existing or proposed international partner institution should be officially recognized through the drafting of a formal agreement, which will be presented for approval by the appropriate senior management, including the Vice-President Research or Associate Vice-President International, and the President.

In order to draft a formal agreement, review the information on this page and then proceed to complete the Proposal for International Partnership Agreement Form. This form should be completed by the faculty/staff member (or designate) initiating the collaboration and returned to Waterloo International or Office of Research, as indicated on the form.

Waterloo’s institutional priorities include enhancing Waterloo’s presence in the international arena, achieved in part by partnering with international institutions of excellence and high reputation, as noted in University of Waterloo’s Strategic Plan on Global Prominence and Internationalization. This strategy is not intended to inhibit departments working with recognized departmental level excellence at an international institution. While keeping these institutional priorities in mind, Faculties and Departments are invited to discuss these opportunities with Waterloo International and/or Office of Research, as appropriate.

A listing of University of Waterloo’s current academic and research partnerships is available on Waterloo International’s website.

NEW/PROPOSED AGREEMENT: For all new agreements, complete the Proposal for New International Partnership Agreement Form.

RENEWAL/AMENDMENT OF EXISTING AGREEMENT: For all agreement renewals/amendments that have already been processed and approved through the cycle outlined in the step above, contact Waterloo International or the Office of Research, as outlined in the Proposal for International Partnership Agreement Form, to commence the renewal/amendment process.

REQUIRED APPROVALS AND SIGNATURES:

  1. Institutional-level agreements will be approved* and signed by the Vice-President Research or Associate Vice-President International prior to a recommendation being presented to the President for signature.
  2. Discipline-level agreements will be approved* and signed by the Vice-President Research or Associate Vice-President International, the respective faculty Dean(s), and respective Head/Department Chair(s) prior to a recommendation being presented to the President for signature.

*All student mobility agreements that do not follow the University of Waterloo pre-approved agreement template will require academic review and approval by the Registrar’s Office, Graduate Studies Office, Legal and Immigration Services, and/or other stakeholders as appropriate.