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IAU 2017 International Conference: Deadline for submission of case studies on 1 May!


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Early bird registration is open! Register now for the IAU 2017 International Conference and Global Meeting of Associations (GMA). Please visit the Conference website for detailed information and registration:

Hosted by the University of Ghana and in partnership with the Association of African Universities (AAU), the theme of this years' events is: Leadership for a changing public-private higher education funding landscape

Call for case studies: IAU invites higher education leaders from to share their institutional experiences, views on the opportunities as well as challenges in changing higher education funding landscape. Please click here for more detailed information. Deadline: 1 May 2017

Contact: Trine Jensen (


83rd meeting of the IAU Administrative Board in Paris


AB April 2017

The first Administrative Board meeting chaired by the newly elected president, Pam Fredman, took place on 11 - 12 April in Paris. The IAU Executive Committee and Working groups were established to promote and steer the activities of the Association in the respective priorities areas such as internationalization, sustainable development and ICTs. IAU was also pleased to receive David Atchoarena, Director, Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems at UNESCO, for part of the meeting reinforcing the important collaboration among the IAU and UNESCO. The 84th meeting of the Administrative Board will take place prior to the IAU 2017 International Conference in Accra, Ghana.

Consult the list of IAU Administrative Board members here


Issue 1/2017 of the Internationalisation of Higher Education: A Handbook published


Cover Issue 1/2017 of the Internationalisation of Higher Education: A Handbook has been published. IAU Members benefit from a substantial discount when subscribing to the hard copy and/or online version of this handbook. The online version is available on the new website. The discount is made possible because IAU chairs the Editorial Board of the Handbook which offers practical articles of interest to anyone engaged in the internationalization of higher education.


Central European University under threat


Proposed legislation is under discussion in the Hungarian Parliament that would endanger the existence of the Central European University (CEU), a unique and valued IAU member based in Budapest. The legislation would limit CEU’s autonomy and among other things, prevent it from delivering US degrees and hiring international faculty. Support for CEU is being provided by many and an international petition to prevent the law from being adopted is circulating worldwide.



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


Warning - Fake International Handbook of Universities


IHU A fake version of the IAU-UNESCO International Handbook of Universities is currently being sold by a fraudulent company on Amazon and on a website purporting to be part of UNESCO.

Please be aware that the genuine 2017 edition of the Handbook, published by Palgrave Macmillan, can only be purchased on the publisher's website. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.


Annual Report 2016 now available


ar2016 The Annual Report 2016 provides you with an overview of IAU activities and accomplishments over a year related to IAU four priority themes enacted in our new strategic plan 2016-2020.

In addition, learn about IAU cooperation with UNESCO and IAU global events aiming at advancing higher education worldwide.

Finally in the annual report, you will discover testimonies of participants to IAU training sessions & events.

Read it here


Sign up now for Rockefeller Bellagio Center Academic Writers Residency programme!


IAU is pleased to offer its members a unique opportunity to expand their work and put forward the value of academics’ contributions to the development of society.

IAU supports the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Academic Writers Residency Programme which welcomes scholars, researchers, professors, and scientists from a wide array of backgrounds, disciplines and geographies, during a month in a serene and stimulating environment, combining uninterrupted individual day-time and evenings spent with innovative practitioners, writers and artists.

The call for application is now open until 1 May 2017 for residencies in 2018 and early 2019.

Take your chance! Contact us for more information at Hilligje van't Land and/or Juliette Becker.



HEP 30/1 - Just released


HEP cover The first issue of 2017 is a special editition entitled Critical and Alternative Perspectives on Student Engagement. The seven papers attempt to question the types of measurable data that are being used to evidence student engagement and coming to define university policies in systems around the world.

The special edition is completed with a look at reputation management in four Nordic countries. For more information and/or to view abstracts, please visit the HEP homepage.


IAU Lynx - March 2017


IAU Lynx was launched in February 2017. 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.

Read the March 2017 edition IAU Lynx.

To subscribe fill in this online form.

To read previous editions, please click here.


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