Procedures and criteria for agreement proposals

PROCEDURES FOR AGREEMENT PROPOSALS

 1) Applicants from UFSC shall submit by email (convenio.sinter@contato.ufsc.br) the following documents:

– the local proposal form containing all the necessary information

– the university’s constitutional document

– the proof of competence or appointment of the legal representative

2) The International Agreements Coordinator will analyze the merits of the proposals according to UFSC criteria.

3) After proposal approval, we will negotiate the terms and format directly with the international office of  the foreign institution.

4) Before being signed, in accordance with the Brazilian laws, the final document needs to be analyzed by the Innovation Secretary from UFSC and Federal Attorney General’s Department.

5) After all signatures have been collected, the applicant will be notified and the agreement will be posted on our website.

6) In the case of special deadlines from funding institutions, applicants will be responsible for planning their submissions ahead of time, the same being valid for people interested in academic exchange.

7) The Agreement Proposal Form must be submitted with a minimum of 6 (six) months from the expected date for the commencement of the Cooperation Agreement.

CRITERIA  

SINTER will analyze each new proposal in order to verify whether: (1) there is institutional interest and (2) the proposal is in accordance with UFSC’s International Relations policy. In this analysis, the following criteria will be observed:

1) Quality of the foreign institution. Aspects such as history, size, structure, scientific production and  internationalization will be considered, taking into account the particular academic standards of that country or region.

2) Fulfillment of geographic gaps and international solidarity. Our policy will give priority to agreements with institutions from Central and South America, Africa, Asia and Oceania, in countries where UFSC still has an  incipient or non-existent representation, without undermining or underestimating our excellent relations with European and North American countries.

3) Existence of concrete cooperation actions (history, academic projects, networks, applications for funding, etc.) that will ensure the effectiveness of the agreement.

4) Reciprocity in the agreement’s terms and conditions.

5) Comprehensiveness in terms of areas of knowledge (whether the agreement is open to all departments) and of academic levels (whether it covers undergraduate and graduate studies). We will only enter into specific agreements if there is reason to prevent a general agreement.

6) Institutional character. Local proposals must have been previously approved by the sector of origin (department, school, undergraduate or graduate program, etc.).

7) Financial Commitment. UFSC will not approve agreements which foresee financial commitment on the part of our institution, unless there is secured external support.

8) Fee exemption. Agreements must provide for mutual exemption from fees.

9) Renewal. Agreements will not be automatically renewed.

10) After approval, negotiations will be made preferably between the offices of international affairs from both institutions.