Academic Cooperation Agreements

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    There are three common types of international academic cooperation between UFBA and foreign universities and institutions: B. Framework Agreement on Scientific Cooperation: a general interest cooperation agreement signed by the University of Turin and one or more foreign institutions, on the proposal of a department, school or research centre, with the aim of promoting cooperation in certain scientific/disciplinary fields. In the context of international cooperation between two higher education providers, it is desirable for the parties to negotiate a confidentiality agreement before concluding formal discussions. Again, one wonders what the weight of a confidentiality agreement is, given that it can be difficult to implement, but experience shows that a confidentiality agreement can help to focus the minds of the parties on the implementation of adequate procedures for protecting confidential information that is disclosed to each other during the due diligence process. In addition to preventing the disclosure of confidential information by the other party, the agreement should also aim to establish minimum standards to ensure the security of the information. It may also attempt to prevent one of the two institutions from publicly discussing cooperation or from discussing it without the agreement of the other party. Finally, some confidentiality agreements are used to reduce the possibility for one of the poaching parts of the other`s key personnel. If a lengthy due diligence process is initiated, both institutions could obtain information on key collaborators of the other institution. The confidentiality agreement can be used to ensure that one party does not offer employment to the other person`s key personnel. Such an agreement cannot be used to prevent the relocation of staff themselves (it would be both a trade restriction and a denial of the principles of academic freedom), while the parties can prevent each other from actively addressing those staff. The required application file (below) and a letter of acceptance from your academic supervisor at Tokyo Tech (†) must be submitted to the Tokyo Tech International Scholarship Division before the application deadline.