MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT
RUHR UNIVERSITÄT BOCHUM
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
MT. PLEASANT, MICHIGAN, USA
This Agreement entered into this ____ day of _______, 200_, by and between Ruhr-
Universität Bochum (RUB) in Bochum, Germany and the Central Michigan University
(CMU) in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, United States of America.
I. Institutional and/or Organizational Information
Central Michigan University (CMU) is a public, doctoral research institution in the
United States. CMU, with an enrollment of more than 18,000 on campus and more than
9,000 off-campus students, has eight colleges (Science and Technology, Education and
Human Services, Humanities and Social & Behavioral Sciences, Business
Administration, Health Professions, Communication and Fine Arts, Extended Learning,
and Graduate Studies). CMU offers students their choices of 24 degrees and more than
200 programs of study.
Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) is a public, doctoral research institution in Germany.
33,000 students are enrolled on campus in more than 150 degree programs. RUB has 20
colleges (Fakultaeten) in the areas of Humanities, Social Sciences, Economics, Natural
Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
II. Goals and Objectives of the Agreement
The purpose of this agreement is to strengthen academic exchanges and cooperation
between the two universities. Specifically, the institutions will exchange faculty members
to teach courses in the humanities. The exchange will consist of an equal number of
faculty members from each institution to teach for a minimum of one semester at the
other institution. It is anticipated that at least one exchange (of a minimum of one faculty
member from each institution) will take place during the time this agreement is in effect.
IV. Institution Responsibilities
Following consultation among the history departments of both institutions, each
institution will nominate to the other faculty members for the exchange. The decision of
which faculty nominated by CMU to accept teach at RUB will be made by the Dean of
the Faculty of History and /or the Dean of the Faculty of Philology at RUB and the
decision of which faculty nominated by RUB to teach at at CMU will be made by the
Dean of the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences at CMU. The
acceptance decision is to be communicated in a letter to the faculty member selected for
the exchange with copies to the chair of the History Department and the Director of the
International Office at RUB and to the Chair of the Department of History and the
Executive Director of the Office of International Affairs at CMU. Each faculty member’s
salary will be paid by his or her home institution. The letters of acceptance from the
Dean of the Faculty of History and/or the Dean of the Faculty of Philology and the
Director of the International Office at RUB and from the Dean of the College of
Humanities, Social Sciences and Behavioral Sciences at CMU will include details
regarding the length of teaching assignment, the number of courses to be taught,
provision of housing and/or a housing subsidy and any other services or financial support
that may be provided at the discretion of the hosting institution.
V. Contact Information
The RUB initial liaison for this exchange will be the chair of the Department of History.
The CMU initial liaison for the exchange will be the chair of the Department of History.
Notification of all decisions regarding faculty nominated and accepted for exchange will
be sent to the Director of the International Office at RUB and to the Executive Director of
International Education at CMU. Their e-mail and postal addresses are: Monika Sprung,
Director of the International Office, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universitätsstraße 150,
44780 Bochum, Germany, email@example.com, and Dr. Mark Poindexter,
Executive Director of International Affairs, Central Michigan University, Bovee
University Center 104, Mont Pleasant, MI 48859 USA.
VI. Abiding by Institutional Policies
Each party agrees to refrain from any action which violates established policies,
procedures and practices of the other institution.
VII. Amendment, Duration, Extension/Renewal, Termination
1. This Agreement becomes effective when it is signed by the parties. This
Agreement will remain in force through the end of August, 2014.
2. This Agreement is renewable by mutual consent of both parties.
3. This Agreement may be amended at any time by written consent of both parties.
4. Each institution may, with six months’ notice, terminate the Agreement in
advance of the agreed upon expiration date, or request renegotiation of its
conditions. Under such circumstances, faculty already participating in the
program will be allowed to remain at the host institution under conditions spelled
out at the time of their selection.
VIII. Other Terms
1. Both universities will implement the joint program according to this Agreement
and will hold discussions to resolve any issues that occur during the
2. Disputes arising concerning this Agreement shall be resolved by consultation
between the liaisons for the two universities. If these liaisons cannot resolve the
dispute, it shall be referred to higher representatives of each university. If it
cannot be resolved by the higher representatives, it will be referred to the
presidents of the institutions. If these persons cannot resolve the dispute, the
Agreement will be mutually terminated. Under such circumstances, faculty
already participating in the exchange will be allowed to remain at the host
institution under conditions spelled out at the time of their selection.
3. Both CMU and RUB will hold the other harmless and keep the other indemnified
from and against all claims, demands, losses, damages, costs and expenses that
one party may sustain or incur in consequence or arising out of this joint program.
4. No party to this Agreement shall be deemed to be in default of or shall be liable
for the non-performance of any obligation in this document if such non-
performance is caused by or attributable to any occurrence which is beyond the
reasonable control of the party affected
FOR CENTRAL MICHIGAN FOR RUHR-UNIVERSITÄT
E. Gary Shapiro, Ph.D.
Interim Provost Prof. Dr. Elmar Weiler