Considering Partnership: Best Practices

How does your proposed collaboration measure up? Consider these issues:

  • Advancement of a shared public mission to improve health, as well as goals in research, teaching, and/or patient care
  • Shared commitment to mutual benefit, equity, capacity building, and local community involvement including leadership
  • Long-term engagement by a core group of initiating faculty, a bilateral steering committee, and strong leadership support on both sides
  • Identification of resources needed to carry the affiliation projects forward and the source of these resources
  • Broad understanding of each partner, including capabilities, relevant strengths and weaknesses on both sides
  • Quality and integrity of each partner and home environment in terms of academics, business practices, and government issues involving the partnership
  • Strong understanding of barriers with respect to logistics (export control, in-country taxes), legal, cultural, and risk issues (insurance, crime, violence, disasters). Resources are available on the Quick Links page to assist with these issues.