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Call for applications for the position of IAU Secretary General


Logo IAU The International Association of Universities (IAU) seeks a new Secretary General. The candidate should be a high-energy individual with international experience at a senior level, interested in strengthening the central role of higher education in meeting local and global societal challenges, ready to lead a unique organization that is committed to promoting the fundamental core values and responsibilities of universities. The full job description can be downloaded here. The IAU will work with the University of London Institute in Paris in the recruitment of its new Secretary General who will take forward the organization’s important mission in support of global higher education.

Closing date for applications: 6 March 2017


Sign up for LGEU-4!


Registration is open for the 4th session of Leading Globally Engaged Universities (LGEU), IAU’s professional development programme for higher education leaders!

LGEU-4 Next session will be hosted by the University of Botswana in Gaborone, Botswana from 21-26 May, 2017.

This unique programme provides current and future senior university leaders from all over the globe with a peer-learning space that helps them prepare for the complex expectations and multiple responsibilities they will take on in their institution, in a challenging local and global context.
It provides concepts and tools for leading a globally engaged university while recognizing regional opportunities and constraints faced by each participant. LGEU also offers participants a space to analyze skills and knowledge needs related to leadership in general and in their individual context.

Join and exchange perspectives with peers from different institutions and countries.The programme is limited to 18-20 persons - don't miss the opportunity!

More information here


Call for papers IAU Horizons


cover The theme of the In Focus Section of the upcoming issue of the magazine is: Corruption in higher education.
* Deadline for abstracts: 15 March (50 words)
* Full papers : 1 April (800 words max)
* Publication: May 2017

Contact: Dr. Hilligje van 't Land, the Editor.


Prof. Primrose Kurasha, Vice-Chancellor, Zimbabwe Open University, and IAU Board Member passes away


Prof. Primrose Kurasha

The International Association of Universities (IAU) is deeply saddened by the sudden death of Prof. Primrose Kurasha, Vice-Chancellor of Zimbabwe Open University. For several years Prof. Kurasha was very engaged in the work of IAU and in November 2016 she was elected as member of the IAU Administrative Board 2016-2020 during the 15th General Conference held in Bangkok, Thailand. It was a pleasure to collaborate with Prof. Kurasha, first woman Vice-Chancellor in Zimbabwe and a truly inspiring leader. Her presence and contributions will be sadly missed during the meetings of the Board, as well as to the work of IAU.


IAU/Palgrave/Copernicus Alliance Prize in Higher Education Policy Research 2016-2017 Essay Competition launched


CA logo The 2016-2017 edition of the Prize Essay Competition has been launched. The new competition is open to both Members of IAU and of the COPERNICUS Alliance and two prizes, valued at €2,000 each, will be awarded: one each to the most outstanding essay received from a researcher/scholar from an IAU Member Institution or Organization and one researcher from COPERNICUS Alliance. The essays should not exceed 7,500 words in length; they should be written in English and be submitted in electronic format (MS Word) following the author instructions of Higher Education Policy, IAU's quarterly, peer-reviewed research journal. Palgrave logo More information, and the full call, can be found here.


Guide to Higher Education in the ASEAN Region


ASEAN cover On the occasion of the IAU 15th General Conference, held in Bangkok, Thailand in November 2016, a booklet entitled Higher Education in ASEAN was published. It showcases the higher education systems and institutions of the 10 ASEAN countries and provides a quick and comparable overview of the Higher Education landscape in the region. It is available online here.

To order a printed copy please contact: Amanda Sudic (while stocks last)


IAU calls for the withdrawal of the order banning citizens of 7 countries from entering the US


The International Association of Universities (IAU) deplores the recent executive order to ban citizens of 7 countries from entering the US, signed by US President Trump. This order has a very high human cost and affects students, researchers and academic staff of many IAU member universities around the globe. Committed to international collaboration and academic mobility, and condemning all forms of discrimination, IAU calls upon the US President to rescind this order which has extremely negative consequences and sends a dangerous and shameful signal to the world.

Pam Fredman, IAU President

Eva Egron-Polak, IAU Secretary General



IAU Lynx - Frebruary 2017- subscribe to our newsletter


IAU Lynx is the new and updated version of our renowned electronic newsletter, better known as the IAU E-bulletin. IAU Lynx will continue to offer a wide range of information on higher education developments around the world and keep you updated on the work of the International Association of Universities as we pursue the new Strategic Plan.

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HEP 29/4 - Just released


HEP coverThe final edition of volume 29 of HEP is a special edition entitled Measuring Up: Consequences of Global Competition and Metrics on Local Scholarship and looks at national examples of the consequences of pressures associated with the drive for world-class universities and the assumption that English-language citable research should in fact be an important measure of progress toward that goal.

The five special edition papers look at examples in Australia, Taiwan, Japan, South Africa and presents a comparative study of China, Hong Kong and Japan.

The special edition is completed with a look at Canada’s international education strategy, and its implications for institutional strategy. The issue closes with a book review of Damtew Teferra’s book Funding Higher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa. For more information and/or to view abstracts, please visit the HEP homepage


New benefit for IAU members: discount on the subscription to the "Journal of the European Higher Education Area"


Cover The IAU chairs the Editorial Board of the "Internationalisation of HE Handbook", an indispensable tool for all higher education professionals interested in internationalisation of higher education, read by many university leaders, international office managers and policy makers in over 40 countries around the world. IAU Members already benefit from a substantial discount on the subscription to this publication.

Now IAU members can also benefit from a substantial discount on the subscription to the "Journal of the European Higher Education Area", a user-friendly tool to support the work of higher education leaders, faculty, decision-makers and students in translating the major reforms of the Bologna Process into meaningful institutional strategies and practices. For details please read the special subscription offer.

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