With a Columbia Partner
When possible, working with a partner already operating in the host country can mitigate administrative complications. This is especially true when both partners are Columbia units. When an established partner shares and assists with start-up requirements (such as employing staff, banking, and leasing real estate), the new international activity can save costs and concentrate on the academic, research or service aspects of the project.
To learn more about Columbia’s current international presence, visit the Columbia Global website.
Columbia has established a network of global centers that are regionally based and might be appropriate to serve as the hub abroad for a University department's activity.
For additional information visit the Columbia Global Centers website.
With Other Organizations
A partner may be a host-country organization (often but not always a university) or a multinational entity with an established presence in the country (including payroll, bank account, office space, and established relationships with local vendors). In some cases, the partner may only provide administrative services for a fee. It is important that the partner be trustworthy and has similar goals.
The partnership arrangement will typically be set out in a written agreement. Depending on the nature of the relationship, this may be a service agreement, a subcontract, or a memorandum of understanding (MOU).
The page on Agreements and Contracts, within the Launch tab on the left, includes additional details on how to establish these types of partnerships.