Submitting International Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) for Approval
A formal policy (“Policy 980”) around international institutional agreements has been developed by the University [http://www.adminpolicies.ucla.edu/APP/Number/980]. The information below pertains to the development and approval of Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs).
An international MOU is a non-binding agreement that expresses a mutual intent to explore a future cooperative academic and/or research effort between UCLA and a foreign organization. These activities can include bilateral clinical exchanges, research collaborations, joint conferences, or teaching/educational activities, among others. While the process of exploring a future relationship may involve travel, communications, and the time of faculty and staff, an MOU does not involve a commitment of specific University resources including financial, compensated faculty time, intellectual property, etc. Rather, an MOU describes a new or existing relationship where there is a mutual intent to explore a more specific relationship, likely involving a more detailed and binding agreement (such as a collaboration or affiliation agreement).
Please note that any relationship involving a commitment of specific University resources will elevate the level of the agreement beyond an MOU. Please consult Policy 980 for further information.
While MOUs may have a role in supporting ceremonies and events, such use should be rare. A proliferation of unfulfilled MOU agreements, or MOU fatigue, weakens the effectiveness of these agreements and potentially impacts UCLA’s international reputation, as a signed MOU can lead to an expectation of future engagement.
We have developed a checklist to help support approval of MOUs. MOUs are approved by the Dean’s office for all activities that fall under the David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM). Once you have completed the tasks listed below, please submit your package of materials to Zoe Stathopoulos, Program Manager, Global Health Education and Research Program.
To submit an MOU for approval, the following items are required:
Once you have completed all of the above steps, please submit the MOU PDF template and Cover Letter with supporting materials (Chief and Chair approvals) to Zoe Stathopoulos, Program Manager, Global Health Education and Research Program.
Please note, at the expiration of an MOU you will be contacted to complete a brief survey describing the outcomes of the relationship. These data are important to track outcomes and to avoid duplication of efforts across DGSOM and the health system. We appreciate your efforts in completing this survey in a timely manner.
Should you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Zoe Stathopoulos at ZStathopoulos@mednet.ucla.edu.
Risa Hoffman, MD, MPH Interim Director, Global Health Education and Research Program
Michael Burke, MHA, Executive Director, International Services