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Strategic Partnerships Office


The Strategic Partnerships Office (SPO) is responsible for implementing the General Board Protocol on International Agreements If you are a member of a School, faculty or department who would like to initiate an international or corporate collaboration, please contact us at the outset. If you have any questions about the Protocol or its implementation, please contact us.

Handbook for International Engagement

To complement the Protocol, a Handbook for International Engagement has been developed by the Strategic Partnerships Office to provide additional guidance to Schools, faculties, departments and other institutions wishing to develop international collaborations. It was endorsed by the General Board on 5 June 2013. 

  1. The University's mission and core values
  2. Section 24 of the Financial Regulations ('Overseas Activity')
  3. International Agreements Checklist for Heads of Department
  4. International Agreements Checklist for Heads of School
  5. Example of a policy with respect to international projects undertaken by a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Cambridge (Policy adopted by IfM ECS) [Raven Protected]
  6. International MoU Template (pdf)
    International MoU Template (word)

Due diligence

To protect the University's reputation, the Advisory Committee on Benefactions, External and Legal Affairs (ACBELA) scrutinises all engagements with external parties that might give rise to significant public interest and/or pose a reputational risk to the University, including sponsored research, executive education and other forms of funded activity. As regards engagements with a corporate or international element, the Strategic Partnerships Office can advise whether any particular proposal should be submitted for scrutiny by ACBELA, and the paperwork required to support any such submission. Note that any proposed new linkages with persons or institutions from any countries which formed part of the former Soviet Union (with the exception of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) must be automatically submitted to ACBELA at the earliest opportunity.