Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization

On November 18, 2014, Rutgers received the 2014 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization from NAFSA: The Association of International Educators. The award is named for the late Senator Paul Simon and is among the most prestigious awards for its system-wide comprehensive internationalization.

The award recognizes Rutgers’ significant strides in providing a global education to its students, tackling global challenges through research, and working with diverse communities at home and abroad.

The university has made monumental achievements in enhancing its global reputation over the course of its nearly 250-year history. One hundred and fifty years ago, the university welcomed a handful of students from Japan to campus; now, Rutgers hosts nearly 1,500 incoming international students from over 125 countries each year.

Through Rutgers Global, formerly known as the Rutgers’ Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers), the university has established hundreds of strong research and education partnerships with key institutions on six continents. The centers’ advising services, cross-cultural social events, and immigration processing have streamlined the arrival and cultural adjustment of nearly 7,000 talented international students and scholars. The centers have grown service-learning abroad and study abroad opportunities from just a couple of programs in the 1960s to over 160 semester and year-long courses.