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Global Meeting of Associations (GMA)

Every two years, the IAU organises a Global Meeting of Associations (GMA) exclusively for leaders of national, regional and international associations/organisations of higher education institutions. The sessions offer a unique opportunity for these leaders to meet as a relatively small group of peers to exchange ideas and best practices, and to network. The GMAs precede the annual International Conference of the year in question. IAU provides secretarial support, organises meetings in different parts of the world, drafts the minutes and coordinates joint initiatives.

In 2021, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the IAU continues to regularly conduct virtual Global Meetings of Associations. Three such meetings took place between April and June 2021. The GMAs aim to offer a forum for discussion and exchange, bringing together several university Associations and Organisations, Members of the IAU, to discuss the challenges they face and opportunities seized. In addition, the meetings allow to boost international cooperation and develop joint initiatives. The next virtual GMA will take place in September 2021, while the next in-person meeting is expected to be held in 2022.

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