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IAU Horizons, World Higher Education News

IAU Horizons, the Association's news and information magazine is addressed primarily to IAU Member Institutions and Organizations, but is also sent to a selected audience beyond the IAU Membership such as Ministries of Higher Education, international organizations, national and regional associations of universities and others.

Published three times a year, each issue is devoted to a special 'In Focus' topic of interest and debate for the higher education community worldwide.

Each issue also features the following sections: IAU Activities, upcoming events and specific projects the IAU has undertaken; IAU Collaboration and Networking; Membership News; New Publications; and a global Calendar of Events.

IAU Horizons is available in paper format in English, and electronically it is available in English and French.

IAU Horizons 21.2

IAU Horizons, vol.21, no.2

In preparation for the IAU 2015 International Conference and discussions on the IAU 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, this issue presents the outcomes of the IAU GMA6 which took place in Montreal in May, introduces to the IAU 2015 International Conference which was hosted by the University of Siena end October , presents a selection of actions and initiatives developed by the IAU Members and related to Internationalisation and HESD and offers a series of tought-provoking papers on the theme: Leadership challenges and Strategic Management. We hope you ‘ll enjoy this issue. Please circulate to colleagues as you see fit.

Call for papers

The next issue of the magazine will focus on The blurring divide between public and private higher education: where does it lead? Please submit a proposal or your brief articles on this topic to the editor of the magazine, Dr. Hilligje van’t Land:

- for submission of paper proposals: 29 January 2016;
- for submission of papers (700 words max.): 15 February 2016.


IAU Calls

Important dates: Mark your Calendars!

IAU 2015 International Conference, Siena, October 2015

Report on IAU Board Meeting and IAU 2015 Montreal GMA 6

IAU 2016 General Conference

IAU Projects and activities; special focus on

  • Internationalization
  • HESD and the Post 2015 agenda

IAU Collaboration and Networking

IAU Membership news and news from Members

Become involved with IAU!

IN FOCUS section

Leadership challenges and strategic management

  • Leadership and strategic management, by Pam Fredman, Vice Chancellor, University of Gothenburg, and Marianne Granfelt, Secretary General, Association of Swedish Higher Education (SUHF) - Sweden
  • “From strategy definition to execution. Why and how”, by Angelo Riccaboni, Rector, and Francesca Trovarelli, Research Fellow, University of Siena, Siena - Italy
  • Governance and strategies leading towards a transborder higher education system, by Yutaka Tsujinaka, Executive Advisor to the President , University of Tsukuba, and IAU Administrative Board with Chiho Kabeya, Administrative Assistant, Office of Global Initiatives, University of Tsukuba and Luisa Gomez-Calanag, Coordinator for International Promotions (US), Office of Global Initiatives, University of Tsukuba - Japan
  • Put simply, we are in the wrong organizational vehicle for the 21st century, by Leith Sharp, lead faculty and program director, Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership, The Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health - USA
  • Governance and institutional leadership in higher education in India, by N.V. Varghese, Director, Centre for Policy Research in Higher Education (CPRHE), National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) - India
  • Leading Globally Engaged Universities, by Robin Middlehurst and Tom Kennie - UK
  • Leadership and Management of a Complex University, by E. Nigel Harris, Vice- Chancellor, Emeritus, University of the West Indies, Chancellor, University of Guyana - Jamaica

New IAU publications and Publications received

Global Calendar of Events


IAU Horizons, vol.21, no.1

In preparation for the IAU Global Meeting of Associations 6, the In Focus section of this volume presents a variety of views on Social Innovation: Challenges and perspectives for higher education.

It includes papers from the IAU President, Canada, Sweden, Jamaica, Thailand, Spain, Malaysia, USA, South Africa, Canada, Mexico, OUI-IOHE, UDUAL, Ashoka. We hope they will trigger stimulating discussions on this topic in your institutions, organisations and networks.


IAU Calls

Important dates: Mark your Calendars!

IAU GMA 6 (for full programme and to register, see IAU home page)

IAU 2015 International Conference (for full programme and to register, see IAU home page)

IAU Projects and activities

  • Internationalization
  • Higher Education for Sustainable Development, HEEFA and the post 2015 agenda
  • LEADHER Programme and selected projects for 2015
  • Innovative Approaches to Doctoral Education, in particular in Africa
  • IAU Collaboration and Networking
  • IAU Membership News and news from Members
  • Become involved with IAU!


The Role of Higher Education in developing and fostering Social Innovation

  • Introduction, by Hilligje van ‘t Land, IAU Director Membership and Programme Development, Editor IAU Horizons
  • University and the dire need for social innovation, by Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, IAU President
  • Social innovation at the University of Gothenburg, by Pam Fredman, Sweden
  • Contribuer au développement conceptuel et méthodologique de l'innovation sociale: un rôle pour les universités, par Fernando Daniels, OUI-IOHE
  • Innovation in higher education: A Modality Or An End?, by Guy Breton, Canada
  • A Regional University’s journey from Social Engagement to Social Innovation, by E. Nigel Harris, Jamaica
  • Social innovation, Roles, Challenges and Perspectives for Higher Education, by Pornchai Mongkhonvanit and. Yhing Sawheny, Thailand
  • Social Innovation and University Curricula, by Francesc Xavier Grau, GUNi, and Maria Marques, Spain
  • Social Innovation, Power and Transformation: A Disquieting Conversation, by Budd L Hall, Canada
  • Science, technology and innovation. Universities and the social appropriation of science. The example of Mexico, by Roberto Escalante Semerena, UDUAL, Mexico
  • Driving Social Innovation in Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), by Norzaini Azman & Fauziah Abu Hasan, Malaysia
  • Realizing STEM Equity and Social Innovation through Higher Education-Community Engagement, by Ira Harkavy, Nancy Cantor, and Myra Burnett, USA
  • Social Innovation: Challenges and Opportunities for Higher Education - Lessons from a Québécois Spring, by Michel Venne, Canada
  • For a perspective of social innovation focused on transformation: towards knowledge that changes the world, by Juan-Luis Klein, Montréal, Canada
  • For social and corporate excellence, by Bernard Hugonnier, Network for Excellence in Higher Education (NEHE)
  • Rethinking Social Innovations in Practice- the Case of the DST/NRF SARChI Chair in Development Education, by Catherine A. Odora Hoppers, South Africa

New IAU publications and Publications received

Global Calendar of Events

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