The University of Zurich has signed cooperation agreements with universities and other educational and research institutions around the world. There are different types of agreements, which create mutually beneficial opportunities in research, teaching, learning and other forms of engagement.
Memoranda of Understanding (MoU)
An MoU is a general, non-binding statement and provides a framework for future collaboration, stating the mutual interest in exploring collaboration opportunities though without financial implications. UZH provides a template for MoUs, the content of which can be adapted depending on the project and the negotiations.
Website International Relations: Memorandum of Understanding
Exchange agreements establish the structure for UZH students to enroll full time at a comparable international institution, while an equal number of students from the counterpart enroll full time at UZH. An MoU is generally executed before an exchange agreement is negotiated and developed. The Global Student Experience team coordinates all exchange agreements for UZH.
Website Global Student Experience: Exchange Agreements
Joint Teaching Agreements
Joint teaching agreements establish an academic structure to apply shared coursework to two degree programs from two universities. Based on this agreement, each institution grants a separate degree.
Website Academic Program Development: Joint Teaching Agreements (in German)
Research Project Agreements
Most research projects do not require an agreement. If a research project has financial implications for the institution, a formal research agreement is needed. The legal aspects of such agreements have to be approved by UZH Legal Services.
Website UZH Legal Services (in German)
If intellectual property and patent laws and rights are involved, the research agreement must also be approved by Unitectra.
Research agreements in the context of the Framework Programs of the European Union and other research agreements are checked by EU Grants Access.
Website EU Grants Access