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Are you considering the right things when Partnering up abroad?

International activities often start small—a research project that was only going to take a few weeks, or an internship program to see if students would be interested, or even informal recruiting efforts in a target foreign country. Program success leads to growth of activities, which may also increase compliance and regulatory considerations for the university, in addition to the risks which may have been present upon commencement if the activity was not adequately planned to address compliance risks.

After conquering Europe and making significant headway in Asia and some parts of the Middle East like Dubai, many business schools from the United States and Europe are now exploring a bold new frontier: Africa.

Universities and nonprofits receiving federal funding must ensure compliance with federal regulations. Here is a checklist of internal controls an institution should have in place.

U.S. institutions often send their U.S.-based faculty and staff to work abroad on short- and long-term assignments. Home campus administrators, often already overwhelmed by domestic compliance requirements, may be forgiven by their coworkers for making incorrect assumptions, but local authorities will not forgive an institution for failing to fulfill obligations when conducting activities in-country. Failure to comply can result in fines and reputational damage for the institution.This post lists some precautions you can take to protect your institution when sending faculty and staff abroad.

By John Bostwick,Technical Writer, Higher Education and Nonprofits