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1.0 Purpose and Scope

The University of Queensland (UQ) recognises that engagement and collaboration with the community, government, agencies and business are critical success factors in UQ’s capacity to meet the rapidly changing needs of society. The entire UQ community is enriched by UQ’s relationships with International Partners.

This policy provides the strategic framework for establishing and monitoring partnership agreements with international entities. The policy aims to assist with managing risk to UQ and ensuring that UQ’s international activities align with its identified strategic priorities.

1.1 Scope

This policy covers agreements that establish, document and support collaborative relationships and activities with International Partners (i.e. governments, institutions, and business), and includes undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research student and staff mobility programs, pathway articulation programs, sponsorship/scholarship arrangements and agreements that support general academic and research collaborations with International Partners (e.g. International Cooperation Agreements, Memoranda of Understanding, Memoranda of Agreement, Letters of Intent, etc.).

Activities that relate to the collaborative academic arrangements with International Partners will also be subject to the Collaborative Academic Program Arrangements Policy

Any sponsored research, contract research, collaborative research, research infrastructure, consultancy, visiting fellow, intellectual property or research-related agreements with international funding providers or partners, and where UQ is a collaborator, recipient or distributer of contract research funding, grants or service fees, are not within scope of this policy and are subject to the Administration of Research Funding: Applications, Grants and Contract Research Policy and the Consultancy, Secondary Employment and Internal Work Policy.

Donations and research philanthropy must be administered in accordance with the Philanthropy and Fundraising Policy.


2.0 Principles and Key Requirements

The Global Strategy Framework has been developed to support UQ’s overarching goal of global connectedness to ensure stronger integration of country and partner engagement initiatives. It does so by adopting a targeted approach to engagement through the identification of priority countries and partners with whom UQ can maintain highly engaged relationships. Establishing and managing strategic partnerships with International Partners in order to drive mutually beneficial outcomes is a priority. To achieve this, UQ will:

1. Ensure proposals for new agreements complement and align with UQ’s strategic priorities and Global Strategy Framework.

2. Ensure any agreements are cognisant of and compliant with Australian, foreign and international laws relevant to the activity including the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Act 2018, and export controls.

3. Ensure any agreements do not expose UQ to unacceptable commercial, legal or reputational risks.

2.1 Levels of engagement

UQ may collaborate and enter into a formal arrangement with an International Partner at two levels:

  • University wide – partnerships that commit UQ to a whole-of-institution engagement; or
  • Faculty/Institute/Other Division/Centre – partnerships that commit only one UQ Faculty, Institute, other division, or centre to engagement activities.

2.2 Legal agreements

The appropriate agreement for use with an International Partner and ongoing measures for quality assurance, management and review required for the arrangement will be determined by:

  • the nature of the International Partner’s engagement with UQ and the activities proposed to be covered by the agreement;
  • the International Partner’s legal status (higher education institution, government body or corporation); and
  • the level of risk UQ may be exposed to as a result of entering into the arrangement.


3.0 Roles, Responsibilities and Accountabilities

3.1 UQ Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship) is responsible for the strategic management of UQ’s international engagement to enable a streamlined and centralised approach to the development of international partnership agreements.

The International Agreements Team within UQ Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship is responsible for ensuring that any International Agreement is signed in accordance with the Schedule of Contract Delegations and Sub-delegations


4.0 Monitoring, Review and Assurance

UQ Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship will review this policy as required to ensure its currency and relevance to the management of UQ’s international engagement and agreements activities.


5.0 Recording and Reporting

UQ Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship will:

  • advise UQ stakeholders on trends and changes with International Agreement practices;
  • maintain a record of all International Agreements that UQ enters into via the International Agreements Database;
  • report new International Agreements entered into, on a monthly basis to the Offices of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (External Engagement), Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research); and
  • disseminate new International Agreement information reports to the broader UQ community.


6.0 Appendix

6.1 Definitions, Terms and Acronyms

International Agreement – a document in the form of a Template International Agreement or Bespoke International Agreement with an International Partner including offshore higher education institutions, research institutions, public bodies, foreign governments, sponsors, scholarship providers, agencies and corporations that documents partnership activities including, but not limited to, general academic/research collaboration, undergraduate, postgraduate, higher degree research student and staff mobility programs, pathway articulation programs, and scholarship arrangements.

  • Bespoke International Agreements – include specifically drafted contracts, Template International Agreements or third party contracts proposed by an International Partner that are prepared, reviewed and negotiated in consultation with Legal Services.  It is common for agreements with foreign entities (including corporations, government owned corporations, governments, agencies and scholarship bodies) to fall in this category.  
  • Template International Agreements – templates prepared by Legal Services and form a convenient basis for engaging in regular international activities.

Research Agreements as described in 1.1 Scope of this document are not included within the definition of an “International Agreement”.

Engagement Activity/Initiative – includes collaborative academic programs, general cooperative research, student and staff mobility and visits and joint academic events.

International Partners – includes offshore higher education institutions, research institutions, public bodies, foreign governments, sponsors, scholarship providers, agencies and corporations. 

6.2 Related policies and procedures

Collaborative Academic Program Arrangements
Enterprise Risk Management Framework
Academic Program Approval
Credit for Previous Studies and RPL
Administration of Research Funding: Applications, Grants and Contract Research
Consultancy, Secondary Employment and Internal Work
Safeguards for International Research

6.3 Relevant legislation and information

Autonomous Sanctions Act 2011
Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011
Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Act 2018
National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Act 2018
University Foreign Interference Taskforce Guidelines
Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000
National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2017
Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)
Global Strategy Framework

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship) Dr Jessica Gallagher