The issues for a long-term research, service or other academic program can be significant, particularly where a local legal “presence” is needed to lease space, open bank accounts, or hire local residents. Planning for these long-term projects and activities (usually a year or longer) generally involves:
→ Analysis of what type of structure would best support the program, taking into account local laws, tax regimes, and culture;
→ Human resources regulations and practices, which may differ from those in the U.S.;
→ Procedures regarding fiscal controls and management, cross-border banking controls, and annual/quarterly/monthly reporting obligations;
→ Procedures on how programs will be overseen and managed by the Columbia home department;
→ Procedures to handle local operations, such as procuring equipment, insurance, services, and space;
→ Procedures to train and educate staff to comply with University policies and local and U.S. laws and regulations; and
→ Procedures to develop, update and disseminate standard operating procedures (SOPs).
Long-term projects or activities always require assistance and guidance from central administration resources. Additional guidance on how to implement long-term activities is included within the Working Globally section.