Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs)
MOUs are designed to foster and formalize relationship-building between the University of Michigan Medical School (UMMS) and our global partners. MOUs enable easy and seamless formal collaborations for our students, residents and faculty, and they specify concrete objectives for anticipated collaborations - such as allowing for the exchange of medical students, residents, and faculty - and the appropriate mechanisms under which such exchanges occur.
MOUs clarify the joint strategy between UMMS and a global partner reflecting unique situations, capabilities and priorities such as:
- Degrees are not granted as part of international exchanges;
- All exchanges are approved on a space-available basis; and
- Inter-institution arrangements meet all other requirements set forth in U-M's "Guide to the Establishment of International Agreements"
MOUs are a first step toward engaging in an ongoing, mutually beneficial exchange. Multiple aspects of collaboration are addressed in an MOU including management responsibilities, financial sustainability, and political involvement of key decision makers at all levels. MOUs are valid for a period of 3-5 years, at which point they may be reviewed, revised, and/or renewed as long as all parties are still interested in ongoing collaborations.
For purposes of UMMS student grants, Global REACH makes a distinction between these institutions based on the type of agreement, depth of collaboration, and extent of services that institutions can offer our students.
Current UMMS MOUs (PDF)