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Governance Structure

The International Association of Universities is a membership organization. It is governed by its members who are represented or elect their representatives to three different decision-making bodies. The two main categories of members who hold decision making power are the institutional members (universities & other higher education institutions) and organizational members (association of universities). IAU official statutory documents: IAU Consitution & IAU By Laws

GOVERNANCE


GENERAL CONFERENCE

The General Conference is the highest decision-making body of the association. It is composed of all IAU institutional and organizational members. The General Conference meets every four years. The General Conference decides on the main strategic goals of the association, approves its four year plans, any policy statements or positions elaborated. It elects the President and members of the Administrative Board.


IAU PRESIDENT

Elected for a 4-year non-renewable term, the IAU President is elected from among members of the Administrative Board by the General Conference. He/She chairs the Administrative Board and the Executive Committee. Exceptionally due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the IAU 16th General Conference and the Elections of the new Administrative Board had to be postponed from 2020 to 2022. As a consequence, and in consultation with the IAU Board, formal decision has been taken to extend the mandate of the IAU President until 2022.


ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD
All the member of the Administrative Board are elected for a four-year term. In addition to the President, the Board comprises 20 members (18 heads of member institutions & 2 heads of member organizations). It also comprises two ex-officio members (Immediate Past President & the Secretary General). Deputy members are also elected for each region and each category of members. A balanced geographic and gender representation are taken into consideration. The Administrative Board meets annually, ensures that decisions of the General Conference are implemented and guides the work of the IAU Secretariat. Some of its work is carried out through specific committees and working groups.

Exceptionally due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the IAU General Conference and the elections of the new Administrative Board had to be postponed from 2020 to 2022. As a consequence, and in consultation with the IAU Board, formal decision has been taken to extend the mandate of the IAU Administrative Board Members elected in 2016 until 2022.


EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The Executive Committee is composed of the President and four Vice-Presidents (representing each region of the world). It meets twice a year. The vice-presidents are designated by the President from among the Administrative Board members and their nomination is approved by the Administrative Board. The IAU Secretary General serves as secretary to the Executive Committee. The Committee acts on behalf of the Administrative Board between meetings. It guides the Association’s action agenda. It provides support to the President of the Association by preparing the meetings of the Administrative Board.

ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD 2016-2022

IAU Administrative Board




IAU PRESIDENT
Pam Fredman, Former Rector, University of Gothenburg, Sweden


IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, Rector at the International ‎Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Malaysia


FULL BOARD MEMBERS

Africa

  • Abdul Ganiyu Ambali, Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Nigeria (IAU Vice-President)
  • Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Ghana, Ghana
  • Paul Zeleza, Former Vice-Chancellor, United States International University-Africa, Kenya

Americas

Asia & Pacific

Europe

Organizations

  • Zoltan Dubéczi, Secretary-General, MRK (Hungarian Rectors Conference), Hungary
  • Roberto Escalante Semerena, Secretary-General, UDUAL (Unión de Universidades de América Latina y el Caribe), Mexico (IAU Vice-President)

Secretary General


DEPUTY MEMBERS

Asia & Pacific

Europe

Organizations


HONORARY PRESIDENTS
  • Justin Thorens, President 1985-1990, Former Rector, Université de Genève, Switzerland
  • Hans Van Ginkel, President 2000-2004, Former Rector, Utrecht University, Netherlands; Former Rector, United Nations University, Japan
  • Goolam Mohamedbhai, President 2004-2008, Former Secretary-General, Association of African Universities (AAU), Ghana
  • Juan Ramón De La Fuente, President 2008-2012, Former Rector, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico


PRESIDENTS OF THE IAU SINCE ITS CREATION
  • 1950-1955: 1st President - Jean Sarrailh, Rector of the University of Paris, France
  • 1955-1960: 2nd President - J. Baugniet, Rector Emeritus of the Universityof Brussels, Belgium
  • 1960-1965: 3rd President - F. Cyril James, Principal & Vice-Chancellor of McGill University, Canada
  • 1965-1970: 4th President - C. K. Zurayk, Professor of History, American University of Beirut and former rector, University of Damascus, Syria
  • 1970-1975: 5th President - V. Merikoski, Professor of law, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • 1975-1980: 6th President - Roger Gaudry, Professor of History, Former rector University of Montreal,Canada
  • 1980-1985: 7th President - Guillermo Soberon, Rector, National Autonomous University of Mexico had to step down in 1982 when he was appointed Minister of Public Health in Mexico. The Vice-Presidents, Dr. Sendov, Former Rector, University of Sofia, Bulgaria
    and Dr. Meyerson, President Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania were acting Presidents until the following elections.
  • 1985-1990: 8th President - Justin Thorens, former rector, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1990-1995: 9th President - Walter Kamba, Vice-Chancellor, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
  • 1995-2000: 10th President - Wataru Mori, Former President of the University of Tokyo, Japan
  • 2000-2004: 11th President - Hans Van Ginkel, Rector of the United Nations University (UNU)
  • 2004-2008: 12th President - Goolam Mohamedbhai, Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Mauritius, Mauritius
  • 2008-2012: 13th President - Juan Ramón De La Fuente, Former Rector, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico
  • 2012-2016: 14th President - Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, Former rector of University Sains Malaysia, Malaysia

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2016-2022

President
- Pam Fredman, Former Rector, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Vice-Presidents
- Abdul Ganiyu Ambali, Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Nigeria
- Pornchai Mongkhonvanit, President, Siam University, Thailand (First VP)
- Remus Pricopie, Rector, National University of Political and Administrative Studies, Romania (Treasurer)
- Roberto Escalante Semerena, Secretary-General, UDUAL (Unión de Universidades de América Latina y el Caribe), Mexico

Secretariat
- Hilligje van’t Land, Secretary General

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