International cooperation in CSF

Internationalisation is becoming increasingly important and a natural part of our private and working lives. It plays an important role also in the CSF Study Module.  The ideal level of internationalisation in the CSF Study Module would be students working on research and company cases across borders and in international, cross-border teams, and taking courses in another country. 
The testing, survey and external evaluation performed during the project revealed that courses in which students, companies and universities attended courses and cases at the same time were considered interesting, especially when performed on an international level.

This kind of cooperation is feasible within the framework of CSF. For example, the courses and course instructions are available online and the managing of the courses can take place in a number of languages, although it is all provided in English. Different opportunities, possibilities and operational and legislative realities influence how international cooperation is realised. CSF proposes three levels of international cooperation which could lead towards fully performed international cooperation.

a) Agreement-based cooperation, which can be physical or virtual. For example, Erasmus agreements, virtual exchange of students, intensive courses, visiting lecturers and virtual lecturing from another country can be some of the solutions applied. 
b) Informal cooperation between teachers. No formal agreements required. Teachers can agree on any form of cooperation. Virtual tools can be used, such as Skype, in the course.
c) International assignments and exchange of study and research cases.

Cross-university or class cooperation can take place also nationally between universities of different disciplines. CSF can also be used with international groups of students. 

Agreements, confidentiality, law

NOTE! As with any cooperative endeavour, and especially with legal agreements concerning international cooperation - IPR, ownership of results, confidentiality agreements, and any other legal details, such as which country's laws will be applied, what kind of differences there are in the law, and what agreements it is necessary to take into consideration and to agree upon, must be decided upon at the outset. 
Many universities already have agreement templates, and you can consult your organisation's solicitor about it.