Global Engagement Partnership Framework
GE-Net is a framework to support University of Tasmania staff in preparing, developing and renewing agreements with international partner institutions. The database is centrally managed by Global Engagement as the central source of International agreement information.
GE-Net aims to provide interested staff with guidelines for developing international partnerships including a definition guide which outlines specific types of collaboration and a clearly defined process for establishing negotiations. This information is open to University of Tasmania Staff and you are encouraged to contact Global.Partnerships@utas.edu.au if you have any queries.
Each Faculty, Division or Institute has the option of nominating selected staff to have oversight of the development of partnerships through this process. Only nominated staff can access the entire database. This ensures that agreement proposals are appropriately managed through each areas’ internal processes prior to formal processing with Global Engagement. Please contact Global.Partnerships@utas.edu.au or phone ext5757 if you need information on who the nominated staff member in your area is.
GE-Net provides staff with information on:
- the current agreements the University has with international partners and
- agreements currently under consideration
- required forms for setting up an international partnership
There are specific sets of information that are required for establishing each type of partnership, this ensures that each agreement achieves strategic objectives and has a clearly defined benefit for the University’s internationalisation agenda. The Request Agreement form will guide you on the level of detail required for each specific partnership type.
Each Faculty has different internal responsibilities for liaising with international institutions. Generally the Head of a Faculty/Institute/Division will need to be aware of any agreement that may be proposed by a staff member in their Faculty/Institute or Division with an international partner.
Once the initiating area has decided to proceed with a request, a nominated staff member is able to log onto GE-Net and complete a request for an international partnership. Once the required information is provided to Global Engagement, Global Engagement assess the proposal. This approval includes ensuring that the partnership aligns with strategic objectives, if it has any research implications and whether the partner is a quality partner for the purposes of the proposed partnership.
Following approval to proceed with a partnership by the PVC-GE, the Facult/Institute or Division are able to continue with further internal processes including any Committee processes etc where applicable.
In all instances Global Engagement will develop the formal agreement and negotiate with the partner on behalf of the University. This ensures that there is one contact point for the international institution and that internal processes such as legal and compliance checks are managed. We will liaise with Faculty/Institute/Division staff where required to ensure that agreements reflect the intentions of all parties.
Once successfully negotiated, Global Engagement will ensure the agreement is signed by the appropriate representative of the University, final copies are uploaded into GE-NET and notification that the partnership is active will be distributed to interested parties.
Any queries regarding this process can be directed to Global.Partnerships@utas.edu.au
The types of agreements that are processed using GE-NET are:
- Memoranda of Understanding
- Student Exchange Agreements
- Study Abroad agreements
- Collaborative Articulation Programs (CAP 2+2 agreements)
- Articulation agreements*
- Cotutelle Agreements
Some faculties have internal processes for articulation agreements – please contact Global Engagement if you are unsure if this applies to you.