The IRC is a resource for colleges and universities engaged in international activities. It provides a framework for the key areas that institutions need to be mindful of when conducting activities abroad. Each activity has its own unique characteristics, which should be specifically addressed, but content on the site is meant to provide general guidance.
There are a few ways to access the information on the IRC. The recommended method is using the "Guide to International Activities". This provides users with a list of main activities that institutions are involved in abroad such as collaborating with a foreign institution, sending employees and students abroad, and spending grant monies abroad, to name a few. Each of the 12 activities has its own page and displays the relevant content for that particular activity.
Another way to access the information is through the "Business Office" (i.e. Compliance, Finance, Foreign Operations, Human Resources, Legal, and Risk Management). This section of the Web site provides users with content that is organized by the business office functional area. For instance, "Human Resources" contains all of the relevant HR information, such as Hiring Local Employees, Hiring Independent Contractors, Expats & TCNs Working Abroad, etc. The topics are areas institutions need to know about when conducting business abroad, for example: hiring employees, legal support, leasing, purchasing and insuring facilities, safety and emergency preparedness, statutory compliance and reporting, etc.
Home Campus Section: This section is intended to share common practices used by colleges and universities to support international activities, recognizing that institutions are at varying stages of development. The objective is to provide users with a high-level understanding of the infrastructure necessary on a home campus when engaging in these activities.
The IRC contains country profiles for over 30 countries. Each profile provides information on banking, business etiquette tips, embassy locations and registration, employment - legal requirements, entry & exit requirements, intellectual property, legal & registration of a business entity, safety & crime and taxes. For countries that are not on the list, users can easily obtain similar information for any country in the world by using the "General Country" resource. (Please note that these profiles are for informational purposes only, and they should not be relied upon in place of proper legal and formal advice.)
Relevant articles about international activities can be found on this page.
The site contains resources from colleges and universities, including presentations, white papers, tools, checklists, and policies on running programs abroad. The intent is to continue to expand this area, and users are encouraged to submit information to share (see "Contact Us").
The IRC also contains resources provided by various higher ed. associations, such as CUPA-HR, NACUA and URMIA and business partners.
There are a number of "outside" resources also available that link to a variety of sites (i.e. State Department, other federal agencies, organizations, and travel-related sites) which also provide helpful information for international activities.
A key benefit of the IRC is giving users the ability to share ideas, experiences, and questions with one another. A way to do this is by joining NACUBO Connections and subscribing to the IRC group. This gives users the ability to start a discussion and create a group for a specific country, among other things.
The development of the IRC was a collaborative effort between representatives from NACUBO member institutions across the country, higher education associations and business partners. Bob Lammey, senior director, higher education and non-profits at High Street Partners, served as lead content provider with the assistance of other representatives from : The Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC), the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), the University Risk Management Insurance Association (URMIA), CIGNA, Huron Consulting Group, Marsh, Wells Fargo and Whiteford, Taylor & Preston.