These agreements aim to encourage direct cooperation between institutions of higher learning in different countries and to promote the reciprocal exchange of teaching staff, researchers, students and technical and administrative staff.
The agreements are usually set up on the initiative of the Departments, to formalise pre-existing contacts in specific fields of interest, many of which involve several administrative units. The agreements establish the fields of study and research, the types of collaboration, as well as the insurance and funding procedures, based on strictly-observed criteria of equality and mutual interests.
Each University appoints a coordinator who promotes the implementation of the activities established by the agreement. The agreements are usually stipulated according to a draft agreement approved by the academic bodies of the University of Florence.