Global Affiliations: Database and Maps
In 20 years, the University has developed and benefitted from a range of affiliations around the world to support its mission. Some of the most productive of these affiliations are through memberships in networks of institutions of higher education with a shared mission. Other traditional affiliations popularly called partnerships are formalized through jointly signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) or agreements for collaboration and cooperation between institutions based on intent. In recent years, many institutions around the world have stepped back to consider whether intent is sufficient for the formality of a MoU or agreement preferring to sign when a project or collaboration is well underway. Supporting the University mission is best done through a number of solid, working affiliations and not the number of signed MoUs of intent to collaborate.
The following database represents all institutions that have a connection to AUI either through a shared membership such as the Global Liberal Arts Alliance, signed MoUs or specific agreements detailing cooperation and responsibilities such as the exchange of students.
Four Maps have been developed from database to illustrate the reach of AUI around the world for different purposes.
Faculty members are encouraged to maintain and reestablish their existing connections with colleagues around the world. They are also encouraged to develop new working and information sharing relationships with other faculty members around the world either directly or through networks or memberships in academic or professional associations. Any real plan to cooperate and collaborate on a project requiring university resources should be discussed with your Dean. A MoU should only be considered to support and facilitate activities and not just the intent.