North-South mobility programs play an important role in the internationalization of higher education institutions of the Global North. Such programs offer unique learning opportunities for all actors involved, by bringing people together from different worlds, thus strengthening global partnerships raising awareness and leading to personal growth. However, the quality of these North-South mobility programs is not always up to standard, and there remains a lack of clarity about the added value for Host Country partners and host communities.
Together with partner organisations UCOS proposes general guidelines, which are relevant to most mobility programs, with an explicit acknowledgment that not every analysis and all principles are applicable to each possible program. These guidelines wish to broadly inspire the development of long-term, reciprocal and equitable North-South partnerships, while allowing each institution to place their own emphasis on some of the principles, and to develop in further detail specific challenges per educational program.