2015-International Travel and Partnerships

January 22, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Now that we’ve entered the second half of the academic year, I want to take a moment to share some important announcements related to the tremendous growth of our international efforts at Rutgers. Last November, Rutgers took home the Senator Paul Simon award for comprehensive internationalization; this summer, we will host another group of talented African leaders as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship under President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative.

The Rutgers’ Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers) serve as the central universitywide office for Rutgers' international efforts. Created in July 2011, the GAIA Centers ensure that the university attains its full potential as a globally engaged institution of higher education. To continue the success of our global efforts, Rutgers community members should be aware of these important policies and opportunities:

International Travel Registration: Per the Rutgers University Faculty and Staff International Travel Policy, all faculty and staff traveling internationally must register their travel through a new online form from the Office of Risk Management. If you plan to travel to a country on the State Department Travel Warnings list, you must contact the GAIA Centers and the Office of Risk Management prior to your travel. Helpful tips for international travel—including the university’s new Ebola travel policy—can be found here.

Global Relations: Rutgers has formal partnerships with institutions around the world. When planning to travel abroad, we encourage you to reach out to the GAIA Centers to learn more about the university's engagement in the country or countries you will be visiting. Please remember that all agreements and memoranda of understanding must be reviewed by the GAIA Centers, the Office of the Senior Vice President and General Counsel, and the Office of the Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs.  Only the executive vice president for academic affairs can sign such agreements. Please consult the new partnership guidelines to learn more about the procedures for establishing institutional relationships abroad. If you’d like to initiate an international partnership, please use our brand new international partnership proposal form


Richard L. Edwards, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Chancellor, Rutgers University–New Brunswick