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IAU Webinar Series on the Future of Higher Education


The IAU Webinar Series on The Future of Higher Education offers a dynamic platform for the higher education community to share insights and visions on current issues that affect higher education or offer new opportunities. In these sessions, higher education experts connect with participants to examine trending issues and the solutions our sector can provide to build more equitable, sustainable and democratic societies.

Since its launch in May 2020, IAU has hosted and co-hosted over 70 webinars on various themes, including leadership, internationalization, digital transformation, and sustainable development.

You can access all session recordings on the IAU YouTube Channel.

The next IAU webinar in the Future of Higher Education webinar series will soon be announced.


➨IAU-CIHE: Virtual Internationalization: Global, Regional and National Perspectives on Virtual Exchange and COIL

Internationalization of higher education as a concept and set of practices is subject to constant reform and re-definition. Having left behind the assumption of virtual delivery as an emergency adaptation, virtual approaches to internationalization have emerged as innovations that complement other approaches. While many practices and approaches, such as Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) and Virtual Exchange, have flourished recently, a global dialogue across regions, perspectives and experiences is timely.

This webinar brought together practices and debates on the emergent concept of virtual internationalization.

- Chris Glass, Professor of the Practice, Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education, Boston College, USA
- Verónica Rodríguez Luna, COIL Coordinator at Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico; and President of the Red Latinoamericana COIL
- Keiko Ikeda, Full Professor & Vice-Director, Institute for Innovative Global Education, Kansai University, Japan
- Lavern Samuels, President of the International Virtual Exchange Consortium

➨IAU Global Survey on Internationalization of Higher Education: Current Trends and Future Scenarios

The IAU officially launched the 6th edition of the Global Survey on Internationalization of Higher Education: The Future of Internationalization of Higher Education in January 2023. The IAU accepted responses for the survey until June 2023. The survey report was published on 2 April 2024 via a live webinar. The webinar recording is available on the IAU Youtube page.

The IAU 6th Global Survey on the Internationalization of Higher Education received responses from 722 higher education institutions (HEIs) in 110 countries and territories. The resulting survey report analyses the findings in order to present both global and regional trends. Furthermore, the report compares current findings with data from the IAU’s previous Global Surveys on Internationalization in order to explore long-term changes occurring in the internationalization field. Discover first results of the survey here.

We were pleased to welcome the following speakers to discuss the latest survey findings on the state of internationalization in higher education:
- Ligia Deca, Minister of Education, Romania
- Fanta Aw, CEO of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, USA
- Sandra Guarín, Director of International Relations, Antonio Nariño University, Colombia
- Francisco J. Marmolejo, Higher Education President & Education Advisor, Qatar Foundation Higher Education, Qatar
- Hilligje van’t Land, Secretary General, International Association of Universities
- Giorgio Marinoni, Manager for Internationalization, International Association of Universities

Watch the recording here

➨IAU-EWORA: Tackling the Leaky Pipeline in Academic Leadership

In honor of International Women’s Day 2024, the IAU and EWORA invite interested participants and experts in higher education to discuss the challenges that remain for gender equality in academic institutions, including invisible barriers and the notorious ’glass ceiling’ that prevents women from progressing to senior positions. University leaders have the responsibility to put in place policies that actively encourage and support staff in their career paths and professional development. Speakers will include university leaders and experts in the field from IAU and EWORA Member universities, who will present examples of good practice and institutional and organisational perspectives.

- Marisa Richmond, Professor, History and Women’s and Gender Studies, Middle Tennessee State University, USA
- Patricia Ruiz Bravo López, Director, UNESCO Chair on Gender Equality in Higher Education Institutions, PUCP Peru
- Louise Morley, Emeritus Professor, Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER), University of Sussex, UK
- Maria Lantz, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Culture and Society, Malmö University, Sweden

- Kerstin Tham, Rector, Malmö University, Sweden and President, EWORA
- Inga Žalėnienė, Rector, Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania; IAU Vice-President; and EWOA Board Member
- Hulya Caglayan, General Secretary, EWORA
- Hilligje van’t Land, Secretary General, IAU

Watch the recording here

➨Global Cooperation Webinar on Higher education leadership for democracy, sustainability and social justice

This webinar launched the book “Higher Education Leadership for Democracy, Sustainability and Social Justice“ published by the Council of Europe as part of its Higher Education Series. This publication is volume 26 of the series.

Democracy, sustainability and social justice are inextricably linked, and higher education plays an important role in identifying the intrinsic issues within this interplay and helping society devise viable and robust responses. The Covid-19 pandemic both highlighted and contributed to the fragility of democracy. During this period of crisis, the increasing erosion of democratic participation, the deepening of extreme inequities, the strengthening of identity and nationalistic politics, and the promotion of populist anti-intellectualism, involving attacks on science and knowledge itself, all became increasingly visible. This year, half of the world population will be voting in 83 elections. The overall expectation is that the world will be a different place at the end of 2024. In this context, higher education assumes a pivotal role: it can and must do more than develop and disseminate knowledge and understanding. Higher education must influence the way individuals and societies behave.

This is what was debated during the Global Forum on higher education leadership for democracy, sustainability, and social justice that the Council of Europe; the International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility and Democracy; the Organization of American States; and the International Association of Universities co-organised at Dublin City University in June 2022.

The book that resulted from this Forum gathers chapters from authors from around Europe, the United States, Latin America, Australia and South Africa. The authors agree and together argue that higher education must influence the development of the attitudes, values, and skills that individuals use to shape societies. Higher education has a key role to play for today and tomorrow as a leader of society, and this leadership will be borne of the steps taken within the higher education community for the greater common good.

This webinar launched this important publication; authors presented their viewpoints and a discussion with the participants followed. The book is accessible in Open Access and can be accessed here

- Matjaž Gruden, Director of Democratic Participation at the Council of Europe
- Ira Harkavy, Founding Director of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania; Chair of the International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility, and Democracy
- Hilligje van’t Land, Secretary General of the International Association of Universities (IAU)

- Ahmed Bawa, Professor, University of Johannesburg, and former CEO of Universities South Africa
- Marcelo Knobel, Former 12th Rector of the University of Campinas (Unicamp) in Brazil, where he is a Full Professor of Physics
- Martina Darmanin, Former President in the European Students Union (ESU) (2021-22)
- Ronaldo Munck, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for Engaged Research at Dublin City University, Ireland and Visiting Professor, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

- Irina Geantă, Manager, information gathering and curator of best practices in digital education, European Commission’s Digital Education Hub and editorial assistant of the publication that is being launched

Read the session description and speaker bionotes here.

➨MCO - IAU Webinar on Engagement with Civil Society – Experience from Latin America

Engagement with Civil Society – Experience from Latin America
Latin America is currently witnessing a resurgence of interest in the different ways that higher education institutions can contribute to democratic development through stronger engagement with civil society. The purpose of this webinar is to share first-hand perspectives from Latin American countries so that the experience of Latin America can more strongly contribute to the global conversation around the democratic mission of the university and the way it may best engage with its local community and civil society. IAU Senior Fellow Marcelo Knobel presented on this MCO webinar, for which the IAU was a partner.

➨IAU-UOC Webinar: The Mental Health Crisis - Building Resilience in a Changing World
Nov 16, 2023 14:00 CET

The WHO announced that the COVID pandemic was no longer a health emergency on May 23, 2023. However, the emergency left in its wake many challenges that countries are now dealing with, one of them being the increase of mental health issues. Current health systems are having trouble matching the increase in demand related to mental health. Addressing mental health issues as they arise, and preventive measures are key to improving mental health at university and in society, and to avoiding more severe cases.

During this Webinar, experts from the IAU HESD Cluster on SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing will discuss lessons learned from higher education and research, and the role of e-health in reducing the burden on health care systems.

- Chair: Hilligje van’t Land, Secretary General, International Association of Universities
- Marta Aymerich, eHealth Center Director, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
- Tania Perich, Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, Western Sydney University
- Dickens Akena, Senior Lecturer and Psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry, Makerere University
- Diana Setiyawati, Director of The Centre for Public Mental Health (CPMH) and Leader in the Mental Health working team of Health Promoting University, Universitas Gadjah Mada
- Oscar Mauricio Castaño Ramírez, Psychiatrist, Department of Mental Health and Human Behavior, Universidad de Caldas
- Sofía Seinfeld, Associate professor, Department of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
- Carlos Contreras, Professor-Researcher, Department of Sociology, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana de Mexico

➨Knowledge Diplomacy in a Changing World
24 October 2023, 16:00 CEST

In times of geopolitical, social and economic upheaval, dialogue and collaborative aspects of public diplomacy are crucial. In the past, science and cultural diplomacy were seen as an important contribution of universities. More recently, the focus has shifted to knowledge diplomacy, emphasising education, research and innovation. In this vein, the development of relationships with diverse groups outside of the university sector and the use of collective resources to address needs has become increasingly important.

This webinar investigated how universities are, or should be, part of public diplomacy and in what ways knowledge diplomacy has a role to play.

This Webinar was jointly presented by the International Association of Universities (IAU) and the Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) at University College Dublin (UCD).

- Co-Chair: Marie Clarke, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, University College Dublin, Ireland
- Co-Chair: Andreas Corcoran, Deputy Secretary General, International Association of Universities
- Jo Beal, Emeritus Professor and Distinguished Policy Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Vice Chair, SOAS Board of Trustees, and former Director Education and Cultural Engagement at the British Council.
- Vassiliki Papatsiba, Reader, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, UK
- Tim Gore, Chief Executive Officer, University of London Institute in Paris, France

➨ Community and Partnership Based Approaches to Capacity Building in the Water Sector
Tuesday, 18 July 2023, 14:00–15:30h CEST

At the occasion of the review of SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation) at the 2023 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), experts from the academic and professional sector addressed the question: How do we know what we know about water? Working with local communities and forming partnerships at the global level for capacity building and training/education was at the heart of the discussion with experts from universities, government, and civil society.

The event was co-organized by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), the Global Water Partnership (GWP) and the IAU.
Supporting country partners: Uganda and Finland

Dr. Yumiko Yasuda, Senior Network & Transboundary Water Cooperation Specialist, Global Water Partnership, and Lead Faculty, Governance for Transboundary Freshwater Security MOOC
Dr. Callist Tindimugaya, Commissioner for Water Resources Planning and Regulation, Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda 
Annina Takala, University Instructor, Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Tampere University, Finland
Dr. Robert O. Manteaw, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Studies (C3SS), University of Ghana 
Dr. Basant Maheshwari, Distinguished Professor of Water, Environment & Sustainability, Western Sydney University, Australia

Welcome: Shannon Kobran, Regional Team Lead for Asia, SDG Academy, SDSN

Opening words: Dr. Jouhaina Gherib, President, University of Manouba, Tunisia and IAU Vice-President/Chair of HESD Working Group.

This session was moderated by IAU Secretary General Dr. Hilligje van’t Land.

➨ Who Does the Thinking: The Role of Generative AI in Higher Education
Tuesday, 27 June 2023, 14:00–15:30h CEST

Generative AI has taken the world by storm since OpenAI launched ChatGPT-3 in November 2022. Generative AI is characterized by its capacity to generate human-like content based on deep learning models in response to prompts. There is a wealth of opinions about how this will impact higher education spanning from the need to limit the use in the protection of higher education to embracing the tool as a means to improve higher education.

In this webinar session, speakers from different regions shared their views and perspectives and discuss how Generative AI will transform higher education. What are the challenges to be addressed and which opportunities can be pursued to improve the quality of higher education?

Watch webinar recording and learn about the uncertainties, tensions, and opportunities triggered by Generative AI.

Moderator: Trine Jensen

Chris Dede, Senior Research Fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Education, US
Frank Tsiwah, Assistant Professor, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
Kate Thompson, Associate Professor of Digital Pedagogies, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

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➨ Publication launch ‘Lifelong learning: an imperative for higher education’
Monday, 5 June 2023, 13:30–15:00h CEST

On 5 June 2023, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) and Shanghai Open University (SOU), in collaboration with the International Association of Universities, hosted a webinar to launch two publications on the vital role of higher education institutions in lifelong learning.

In the context of fast-paced technological developments, the climate crisis, persistent social inequalities, and demographic shifts, there is a critical need to rethink learning for people of all ages and transform education systems. With increasingly unpredictable labour markets, reskilling and upskilling throughout life become essential for people’s professional pathways.

The first of the two publications launched presents the latest international trends of lifelong learning in higher education, based on a survey among almost 400 universities worldwide, while the second describes institutional practices in all regions of the world. Read them here:

The launch presented the main findings of the publications, followed by insights from selected higher education institutions and reflections by representatives of regional university associations. The event provided insight into the ways in which lifelong learning is integrated into the structures and practices of higher education, and explored the role of higher education institutions in building the knowledge and skills needed to ensure healthy, prosperous and inclusive societies.

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IAU Horizons launch: the Future of Internationalization in a Changing World
Tuesday, 23 May 2023, 8:00-9:30 UTC (10:00 - 11:30 CEST)

The world is in a continuous state of change. The recent geopolitical, economic and social transformations have an even more substantial impact on internationalization of higher education. This webinar will launch the new issue of IAU Horizons and in particular zoom in on the In Focus section of Volume 28, Number 1, devoted to “The Future of Internationalization in a Changing World” that collects 25 opinion papers from internationalization experts from different regions of the world on how internationalization is evolving in such a changing context. Speakers will discuss the future of internationalization from different perspectives and referring to the different missions of higher education: teaching and learning, research and community/societal engagement.

Speakers :
Eva Egron-Polak, former IAU Secretary General and IAU Senior Fellow
Betty Leask, Emeritus Professor: Internationalisation of Higher Education, La Trobe University, Australia
Divinia Jithoo, Specialist International Education and Lavern Samuels, Director: International Education and Partnerships, Durban University of Technology, South Africa
Sara Tagliabracci. Global Mobility Coordinator, Erasmus Student Network

This session was moderated by Trine Jensen, IAU Manager for HE & Digital Transformation, Publication and Events and Giorgio Marinoni, IAU Manager, HE and Internationalization Policy and Projects.

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➨ Higher Education Funding: What is a Well Financed System?
Wednesday, May 3 2023, 14:30-16:00 CEST

What is a well-financed higher education system?

This webinar explored the scientific, economic, political and social principles that inform or should inform HE financing. What are the actual driving forces that shape higher education funding policy? What are the tensions between funding mechanisms and academic freedom, autonomy, and governance? How can we strengthen public trust and maximise the universities’ intrinsic educational purpose and its civic mission in a way that acknowledges, supports and balances university autonomy with extrinsic national interests and labour demands? In short: what is a well-financed higher education system?

To discuss these leading questions, we are delighted to welcome the following distinguished speakers:

  • Roberta Malee Bassett, Global Lead for Tertiary Education and Senior Education Specialist, The World Bank
  • Peter Maassen, Professor at the Department of Education, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, Associate Provost & North Star Distinguished Professor, College of Arts and Sciences Visiting Professor for Siegal Lifelong Learning and Cleveland College Case Western Reserve University, USA

This workshop was chaired by IAU Deputy Secretary General Andreas Corcoran.

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➨ ESD-Net 2030 Learning webinar: IAU breakout session on Higher Education & ESD - Taking a transdisciplinary approach to teaching based on SDG 4 and ESD at universities’
Thursday, 30 March 2023, 13:00 – 15:00 CEST

To promote knowledge sharing, collaboration, and mutual learning ESD-Net 2030 is organizing a series of learning webinars in March, May and September 2023 on ESD pedagogy to highlight and promote innovative practices in ESD. This interactive learning series will focus on sharing and strengthening pedagogical approaches and key competencies in ESD through a broad range of topics and issues. 
IAU is pleased to have been selected as one of the workshop implementers (session D) at this UNESCO ESD-Net 2030 Learning webinar.

Workshop description: The UN 2030 Agenda and associated SDGs are a framework for higher education institutions (HEIs) to contribute to sustainable development through their core activities of Education, Research, Community Engagement and Campus operations. Not only are HEIs educating the citizens of today and the leaders of tomorrow; they are important actors at the local level and inform policy nationally and globally.
In line with the objectives mapped out in the ESD Roadmap for 2030, this event will look at HEIs and their teaching practices for ESD. Special attention will be paid to teaching ESD through a transdisciplinary approach. We will also discuss whole-institution approaches to (E)SD. After a short welcome by IAU, experts from different universities will share their experience in teaching SDGs. Participants will be invited to take part in the discussion, ask questions and think of a concrete activity for teaching ESD in their local context. The workshop will include elements of active participation and solution-oriented working. By the end of the workshop, we hope to have not only inspired participants to take a transdisciplinary ESD approach but also will have provided them with tools and resources that they can use to continue to inform themselves and engage with the topic further.

IAU’s presentation slides, including the list or further links, can be found here

Workshop Facillitators:

Presenters and discussants from universities:

  • Charles Hopkins, Unesco Chair, York University, Canada, SDG 4 IAU HESD Cluster
  • Toshiya Aramaki, Deputy Director, SDGs Promotion Center; Dean, the Faculty of Global and Regional Studies, Toyo University, Japan (click here for presentation slides)
  • Rosie Latchford, Students organising for Sustainability (SOS-UK) (click here for presentation slides)
  • Daiva Penkauskienė, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Human and Social Studies, Institute of Educational Science and Social Work, Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania (click here for presentation slides)

Learn more about the UNESCO ESD-Net 2030 Learning webinar here

➨ Higher Education, Gender and Equity: Making SDG 5 part of universities’ strategy and activities

Tuesday, 7 March 2023, 13:00-14:30 UTC (14:00 – 15:30 CET)

This year’s International Women’s Day 2023 (8 March) took place under the theme #EmbraceEquity: “Equality is the goal, and equity is the means to get there. Through the process of equity, we can reach equality.” One day before IWD, IAU and EWORA invited interested participants and experts from higher education to discuss how universities can be more diverse, equitable, and inclusive across their activities, and in particular when working with local communities.

Read the full concept note here.

Opening remarks by Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Secretary General and Gülsün Sağlamer, President, EWORA


➨ University Community Engagement and Internationalization

Tuesday, 28 February 2023, 15:00 – 16:30 UTC (16:00 – 17:30 CET)

Higher education institutions are increasingly focused on responding to global forces while also being called upon serving the local communities that sustain them. This webinar explored the relationship between university community engagement and internationalization. The panelists shared examples of this relationship from their perspective in higher education institutions and organizations in Africa, Europe and Latin America.


Opening remarks by Giorgio Marinoni, IAU Manager Internationalization, and Gerado Blanco, Academic Director, Center for International Higher Education


  • Jeannette Velez, Glocal Actions and Solutions, former Chancellor of Universidad del Rosario, Colombia
  • Ntimi Mtawa, Professor, University of Dar es Salaam
  • Willem van Winden, Urban Economic Innovation, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Question and answers session

Conclusion by Giorgio Marinoni, IAU Manager Internationalization, and Gerado Blanco, Academic Director, Center for International Higher Education

➨ Shaping Teaching & Learning and Internationalization beyond the Pandemic

Tuesday, 14 February 2023, 13:30 – 15:00 UTC (14:30 – 15:30 CET)

In this webinar, IAU will present the key findings of the qualitative research project conducted as follow-up to the 2nd Global Survey on the impact of the pandemic on Higher Education. This follow-up project focuses on two aspects, namely, teaching & learning and internationalization. The aim of this qualitative research project is to investigate more into details the results and understand the reasons behind the trends emerging from the 2nd Global Survey.

After a short presentation of the main results of the qualitative research, four universities from different regions of the world will be invited to share what they see as the major changes and developments in teaching & learning or internationalization, starting from the experience that took place during the pandemic.


Opening remarks by Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Secretary General

Presentation of the overall scope and methodology of the qualitative research project by Elisa Guidi, former intern at IAU and principal investigator

Part I: Teaching and learning

Presentation of the results by Trine Jensen, Manager, HE & Digital Transformation, Publication and Events

Perspective from HEIs by:

  • Jill Scott, Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs, University of Ottawa, Canada

Part II: Internationalization

Presentation of the results by Giorgio Marinoni, Manager, HE and Internationalization policy and projects

Perspective from HEIs by:

  • César Miranda Vargas, International Development Coordinator, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Question and answers session

Conclusion by Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Secretary General

➨ Launch of the IAU Global Survey Report on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development: Accelerating Action for the SDGs in Higher Education

Tuesday | 31 January 2023 | 13.00 – 14.30 UTC | 14.00 – 15.30 CET

The International Association of Universities (IAU) conducted its third survey on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD) in early 2022. In total, 464 responses from higher education institutions in 120 countries were collected. The findings show, that higher education and partnerships are essential to address the global challenges identified in the UN Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to build a more sustainable future together.

The launch event included contributions from IAU, Survey partners, and experts. Download the IAU HESD Survey Report 2022 here.

ASEF (Asia-Europe Foundation)
Crue (Conferencia de Rectores de Universidades Españolas)
MECCE (The Monitoring and Evaluating Climate Communication and Education Project)

Opening words:

  • Pornchai Mongkhonvanit, Working Group Chair and President, Siam University


  • Juliana Aparecida Fracarolli, School of Agricultural Engineering, University of Campinas, Brazil
  • Miquel Nicolau-Vila, Rector of the University of Andorra
  • Colin Scott, Vice President for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at University College Dublin, Ireland


Recording here

➨IAU-WAHEN | Equitable Access and Success in Higher Education: Mapping the Future Agenda

Tuesday | 11 October | 12.30 – 14.00 UTC | 14.30 – 16.00 CEST

This joint IAU-WAHEN event brought together policymakers, researchers and university leaders from across the world to examine the challenges to tackle to advance equity in access and success in higher education.

As we emerge from the height of the pandemic, new and old challenges risk forcing equity down the list of institutional and government priorities. How much can we expect inequalities in access and success to change if how we deliver higher education, admit students and make policy remains the same? Is more radical change needed?

Andreas Corcoran, Deputy Secretary General, International Association of Universities

Graeme Atherton, World Access to Higher Education Network, University of West London
Vivienne Lawack, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, University of the Western Cape
Francesc Pedró, UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (IESALC)
Ninoslav Šćukanec Schmidt, Chair of the BFUG Working Group on Social Dimension

➨Transformative Education, Digital Learning, and Partnerships toward a more Sustainable and Equitable Future

Tuesday, 05 July 2022 | 2:00 to 3:45pm EST / 18:00 - 19:30 UTC / 20:00- 21:45pm CEST

In the context of the UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF2022), IAU co-organised this Workshop with ACU/AUF, SDSN/Global Schools, My World Mexico, and York University (see the programme for all UNITAR workshops here). IAU partners and representatives from IAU Members were sharing their expertise on the panel. The discussion was moderated by the IAU Secretary General.

Transforming education is an umbrella term that encompasses the common objectives and methodologies of the types of education outlined in SDG Target 4.7, including education for sustainable development, global citizenship education, environmental education, human rights education, among others. Working towards a more equitable and sustainable future requires the international community to prioritize transformative education, and
the HLPF is a global event to monitor and review progress on commitments to SDG 4. Therefore, this session allowed participants and speakers to dive into:
1. What we need to continue doing
2. What we need to invent
3. What we should abandon, and
4. How to transform education (UNESCO Futures of Education Report).

Recording here
See also (session 2 workshop page here).

➨Exploring the nexus between health, equity, and gender

Tuesday, 07 June 2022 | 10:00 - 11:30 UTC / 12:00-13:30 CEST

Organised jointly by IAU and UOC (Open University of Catalonia) in the context of the IAU HESD Cluster for SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing, this webinar will discuss at the factors that might affect equity and equal access and outcomes to health, to ensure that everyone can lead healthy lives and realise their full potential. This webinar will explore some of these factors based on current research, anchoring them in their specific geographical contexts, and ignite areas for further exploration. Speakers will begin by setting the context looking at inequity and health more widely and providing an overview of their specific area of work and expertise. They will then explore gender inequity more specifically. They will finally look at how e-health, as an emerging mechanism of delivery is affecting equity more widely, and gender equity more specifically. Participants are invited to take part in the discussion and pose questions.

Watch the recording and meet the speakers.

➨How does the pandemic shape the future of higher education?

Thursday, 12 May 2022 | 12:00 - 13:30 GMT | 14:00 - 15:30 CEST

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a transformative moment in history. It mainly generated new challenges, but also new opportunities and it also acted as a catalyst for already existing processes. It accelerated transformations, it exposed strengths and weaknesses of our societies. On one hand, it demonstrated the importance of global cooperation, of knowledge, research and science, but on the other hand, it showed the predominance of narrow interests leading to closeness, competition and eventually greater inequality in the world.

This session investigates higher education in this new reality, drawing from the results of the second Global Survey on the impact of COVID-19 on higher education: “Higher Education One Year into the COVID-19 Pandemic” by the IAU.

The survey, conducted in the first half of 2021, gathered replies from 496 HEIs in 112 countries and territories from all regions of the world. It covered a wide range of academic functioning and missions from governance, teaching and learning, research to community/societal engagement. The survey report includes national and regional perspectives written by organisations and associations of universities from different parts of the world.

This virtual side event is part of the official programme of the UNESCO WHEC2022. It brings together the leaders of regional and national organisations and associations of universities to discuss how the pandemic will impact the future of Higher Education, putting special emphasis on lessons learnt during the pandemic and how this experience will shape the future of higher education.

Watch the recording and meet the speakers.

➨ Launch of IAU Horizons - In Focus: Reinventing Higher Education?

Tuesday, 10 May 2022 | 12:00 – 1:30 UTC | 14:00 -15:30 CEST

IAU launched Volume 27, no.1 of IAU Horizons during this webinar and invite some of the authors to join the conversation around what is at stake for the future of higher education.

To contribute to the important conversations about the future of higher education around and as part of the WHEC 2022, IAU invited Members worldwide to contribute a paper. They were asked:

- What they believe is essential for the future of higher education?
- What key opportunities to pursue?
- What key challenges to confront? and finally
- Do we need to reinvent higher education?

Watch the recording and meet the speakers.

➨ What Future for Higher Education Learning in a Post-pandemic World?

Tuesday, 12 April 2022 | 15:00 - 16:30 UTC / 17:00 – 18:30 CEST

During two years of the pandemic, universities across the world have been experimenting with different modes of teaching and learning at a time when they were forced to rely - in an unprecedented manner - on digital technologies.

However, this shift was made by force rather than by choice due to pandemic-related restrictions - lockdowns, physical distancing etc. This certainly accelerated digital transformation and the use of digital tools for teaching and learning.

This webinar asks how do we envisage the future, when digital transformation is not forced upon us, but rather a choice? What lessons did we learn during this period, and how will they help transform teaching and learning? How do you envision learning in a post-pandemic world?

Watch the recording and meet the speakers.

➨ IAU - Qatar University: The Importance of International Cooperation in Higher Education

Tuesday, 5 April 2022 | 12:30 - 14:00 UTC / 15:30 – 17:00 AST

In recent years, new geopolitical tensions, rising nationalism and even the COVID-19 pandemic have questioned and diminished multilateralism and led to a more closed world. However, at the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges that the world faces, such as climate change, food security, energy resources, demonstrated that local solutions are unfit for purpose and that only a global approach can lead to the resolution of these challenges.

Therefore, cooperation is essential and needed more than ever, especially in higher education, to share existing and create new knowledge, conduct research that could respond to global and local challenges, and give the citizens of tomorrow with skills and competencies to face future challenges.

The webinar discusses the importance of international collaboration in a panel format with speakers from different regions of the world.

➨ IAU - HETL : Towards a More Sustainable Future: What can HE Leadership Do to Get There?
Tuesday, 29 March 2022 | 12:30 - 14:00 UTC / 08:30 - 10:00 EST

2022 is a critical year for higher education and Agenda 2030, including the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Indeed, we are less than ten years away from the deadline set for Agenda 2030 and much remains to be done. With the world facing various crises bringing a multitude of challenges and opportunities, universities have a leading role to play in this global endeavour to implement the SDGs. Through education, research, campus initiatives, community engagement activities and campaigns at a local, national, regional, and global level, universities are the key to healthier, greener, fairer, and more inclusive societies.
Therefore, the International Association of Universities (IAU) and Higher Education Teaching & Learning Association (HETL) jointly organize a panel discussion with experts on the topic to foster engagement among higher education leadership and constructive cooperation for a sustainable way forward. The discussion will link to the latest issue of IAU Horizons Vol. 26, No. 2, December 2021 which is dedicated to the topic Leadership for a Sustainable Future – Higher Education and Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. Drawing on the vast experience and expertise of Members of the IAU network, the magazine features 34 diverse and innovative contributions from 25 countries demonstrate the crucial role of academic leadership in mainstreaming sustainable development.

➨ IAU-CIHE International research cooperation in a new geopolitical context
Tuesday, 15 March | 14:30 - 16:00 UTC | 10:30 - 12:00 EST

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown on one hand that international cooperation is essential to address global challenges and to "build back better" after the pandemic. On the other hand, the crisis has also shown that competition and national concerns have taken priority over collaboration at global level, as was the case for instance in the COVID-19 vaccine research, production and distribution.

The changed geopolitical context is also questioning collaboration at global level with governments around the world becoming more concerned about research collaboration with foreign countries.

This webinar will explore the existing tension between national pressures for a more closed approach to research collaboration, which could lead to isolationism and increased inequality, and the need for research collaboration at global level to tackle global challenges, with perspectives from scholars and academic leaders from different regions of the world.

This webinar forms part of a series reflecting on The Future of Higher education, and the outcomes are to inform the UNESCO World Higher Education Conference (May 2022).

➨ Women in Leadership in Higher Education: Global and Regional Perspectives
Tuesday, 8 March | 13:30 – 15:00 UTC

Gender sensitive institutional structures and policies. Using Evidence and data to #BreakTheBias

Education Sub Saharan Africa (ESSA), European Women Rectors Association (EWORA) and the International Association of Universities (IAU) have come together for International Women Day 2022 to launch a global conversation on women in leadership in education, with a special focus on Europe and Africa. The focus of this initial conversation is gender-sensitive institutional structures and policies.

During the webinar, evidence and data from research will be shared, including findings from the ESSA The State of Women Leading Report, the European She figures 2021 - Statistics on Gender in Research and Innovation by EWORA and information from the IAU World Higher Education Database (WHED).

University leaders and organisations from Europe and Africa will present gender equality issues in higher education and research. This webinar will set the scene for a panel discussion on gender-sensitive institutional structures and policies to support female leadership development in education.

[Download the presentations]

[Download the ESSA Women Leading Workshop Report]

➨ Gender Equality in Higher Education and Research across Europe
Thursday, 3 March | 12:00 – 13:30 UTC | 13:00 – 14:30 CET

International Women’s Day - Webinar Series co-organized by EWORA and IAU

This year’s International Women’s Day theme is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”. In accordance, EWORA and IAU have organized a webinar on the advancement of gender equality in higher education and research for the future generation and to celebrate women’s achievements altogether.


  • Gulsun Saglamer, President, EWORA
  • Hilligje van’t Land, Secretary-General, IAU

Keynote Speaker:

  • Mina Stareva, Head of the Gender Equality Sector, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission


  • Eileen Drew, Director, Trinity Centre for Gender Equality & Leadership, Trinity College
  • Fanny Cheung, Former Pro-Vice-Chancellor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Closing by Co-chairs

➨ Higher Education One Year into the COVID-19 Pandemic
Tuesday, 1 March | 13:30 - 15:00 UTC | 14:30 - 16:00 CET

In February 2021, one year into the pandemic, the IAU launched the second edition of The Global Survey on The Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education to monitor the situation. This webinar officially launches the report, presenting an overview and focusing on the main results of the survey. The information uses responses from higher education institutions (HEIs) and other stakeholders one year into the pandemic and offers a detailed picture of the COVID-19 impact on higher education.

You will learn results from the global and regional perspectives, from both public and private HEIs with replies coming from 496 HEIs in 112 countries and territories. Institutional responses cover all higher education mission and functioning aspects, namely, governance, teaching and learning, research, and community/societal engagement.

The survey results generate concern about the future for some institutions but also highlight several positive outcomes, where the crisis has brought about new opportunities and possibilities.

Opening comments:
Pam Fredman, President, IAU

Hilligje Vant’Land, PhD, IAU, Secretary-General

Trine Jensen, Manager, HE & Digital Transformation, Publication and Events
Giorgio Marinoni, Manager HE and Internationalisation

Download the Report

➨ IAU - UNEP-YEA! Connecting Higher Education and the Green Economy Community:
Workforce Development for the Clean Energy Transition and Climate Solutions

Tuesday, 15 February 2022 | Time: 13:00 - 14:30 UTC / 08:00 - 09:30 EST

Geared towards the higher education community and focused on the need for a green economy, this event provides an overview about how to update all academic areas to help create an inclusive and skilled workforce to address the climate crisis and provide careers that support sustainable development. The event will describe strategies and resources to help educators and employers improve curricula, placement processes and assist career advisers.The event makes use of the newly launched Global Guidance for Education on Green Jobs, a document that provides insights and empowerment for effective actions, a collection of key resources, and an opportunity to join an international community of practice.

The primary audiences for this event are higher education rectors and top administrators, career advisors for students and alumni and teaching staff in all academic areas, as well as businesses, NGOs, and governments in support of the green economy and sustainable transformation. Attendees will find this event useful for strategic planning and collaborative efforts with each other. Participants will enhance their understanding of how higher education, both universities and technical institutions, can better connect with employers for curricular updates, internships and placements.

This event is part of a larger initiative designed to connect a stronger supply of necessary green and environmental sustainability skills through education with a growing demand for green jobs in the workforce. The initiative is housed at UNEP and includes input from multiple expert organizations, including IAU as a host of this kick-off event. Higher education and other attendees will learn how to more effectively interact with employers to provide the workforce they need. This will be an interactive session.

Opening comments from UNEP and IAU

Sam Barrett, Chief, Environmental Education and Youth Unit, UNEP
Pam Fredman, President, IAU


Hilligje Vant’Land, IAU, Secretary-General


Noemie Metais, Youth and Education Officer (Higher Education), UNEP-YEA,
Debra Rowe, President of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
Jadesola Iyowu, Millennium Student Fellow, University of Lagos, Nigeria
Amanda Lange Salvia, Research Associate - Green Office, University of Passo Fundo
Daniel Dang, Director Business Development, Solar Power Europe
Suranjana Ghosh, Global Director of Partnerships and Campaigns, Power for All
Osama Omar, Associate Professor in Architecture, Beirut Arab University
Ylva Norén Bretzer, Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer - School of Public Administration, University of Gothenburg

➨International Green Gown Awards Masterclass

Tuesday, 1 February 2022 | Time: 12:00 - 13:15 UTC / 13:00 - 14:15 GMT

This webinar featured introductions from our Partners on why the International Green Gown Awards are so important:

Chair: Fiona Goodwin, Deputy CEO, EAUC & International Green Gown Awards Manager
Hilligje van’t Land, Secretary General, International Association of Universities
Richard Grubb, Head of Commonwealth, UN and Strategic Partnerships, Association of Commonwealth Universities

We also heard from some of our 2021 Winners and Highly Commended on how winning an International Green Gown Award has impacted their institution, staff and students:

Dr Adegboye Folasade, Senior Lecturer and Co-chair RCE Ogun, Covenant University, Nigeria - Winner of Next Generation Learning & Skills
Professor Philip Morgan, Co-Director, University of Newcastle, Australia - Highly Commended for Benefitting Society and Student Engagement

Learn more about the International Green Gown Awards 2022 and how to apply here.

➨ The Global Role of University Associations

Tuesday, 18 January 2022 | Time: 13:00 - 14:30 UTC / 14:00 - 15:30 CET

The world is more connected today yet also more complex than ever. Higher education is tasked with making sense of this complexity and called upon to propose solutions to the challenges we face.

For this, universities must come together with a shared sense of purpose to learn, challenge, and collaborate as they advance on their collective demands and, at times, competing interests and agendas.

University associations serve to channel, communicate, and represent such collective interests and agendas while also articulating and supporting the challenges faced by the higher education sector to fulfil their mandate. Moreover, associations liaise with the many stakeholders in society, create opportunities for their constituents and advocate higher education’s inherent values. The local and global role of university associations is thus one of carefully considering the course of higher education, bringing about coherence and synergies, monitoring its outputs, and intelligently amplifying its significance to enhance and unleash HE’s potential to bring about positive change in the world.

Leaders of different university associations will discuss the role of higher education associations in the current context and what future roles these associations will play. They will reflect on the local and global role of university associations, how they collaborate and complement each other (or at times compete) and how they influence higher education and society.

This session forms part of a series reflecting on The Future of Higher education, and the outcomes are to inform the UNESCO World Higher Education Conference (May 2022).

Moderator and speaker:
Pam Fredman, President IAU (global)

Olusola Oyewole, Secretary General, Association of African Universities (AAU)
Download Prof Oyewole’s presentation in pdf format.
Ted Mitchell, President, American Council of Education (ACE)
Renée Barata Zicman, Executive Director, Brazilian Association for International Education (FAUBAI)
Marcello Scalisi, Director, Mediterranean Universities Union (UNIMED)

➨ Session III Book Launch and Closure of IAU 70th Anniversary Year

Thursday, 9 December 2021 | Time: 14:30 - 16:00 CET (13:30 - 15:00 UTC)

For the past seventy years, IAU has provided a global forum for debate, exchange and cooperation to leaders of higher education institutions and associations. This third and final book launching webinar of The Promise of Higher Education - which also marks the end of the 70 years celebrations of IAU - is dedicated to the IAU community. It will focus on its mission and significant activities and events over time and how it bridges cultures in its quest to promote academic partnerships and solidarity across diverse societies and political systems.

The session will include personal and institutional accounts of the internationalization dynamic as well as value-driven interventions and their impact on good governance in higher education globally. In short, we will discuss how the IAU’s last seventy years has helped shape the agenda for the future.

Did you miss a webinar?

The first and second webinars in the series are available on the IAU YouTube channel.

Discover the book!

➨ Language-Based Equity in African Health Research

Date: Tuesday 30th November | Time: 14:00 – 15:30 (CET)

The event was organised by Wellcome and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), and supported by IAU.

- Chair: Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Secretary General
- Speakers:

  • Dr Aaron Yarmoshuk, Independent Consultant & Adjunct Lecturer, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Dr Doreen Mloka, Senior Lecturer, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania
  • Dr Beatrice Antonio-Françoise, University of Mauritius

Of the 1.33 billion people in Africa, only 6.5 million are native English speakers. However, English has been referred to as the dominant global language of scientific communication and publication, which raises efficacy and equity concerns.

The Wellcome-commissioned research study sought to determine whether the status of English as the dominant language of science is contributing to wider structural inequalities within health science research. The full study report and policy brief are available in English, and translated versions in French, Portuguese, Arabic and Swahili are available here.

During the webinar, speakers from the research team, led by Dr Aaron Yarmoshuk, Independent Consultant and Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Toronto, presented the key findings and recommendations from the language equity study. External global experts also took part in the conversation.

Full programme:

➨ IAU-UNODC Higher Education Engages with SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Date: Tuesday 23rd November | Time: 14:00 – 15:30 (CET)

Following a call for young scholars to carry out research linked to SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions by the IAU and UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime), this webinar and roundtable is the occasion to launch the publication of their outcomes and to discuss how research contributes to addressing SDG 16.

The 13 authors of the 12 winning papers were announced during this joint IAU-UNODC webinar on 23 November. The event was an occasion to meet the writers and launch the publication ‘Higher Education engages with SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions’.

A roundtable and Q&A followed where authors and participants discussed the themes addressed in their papers.

Download the publication with all 12 papers

➨ Session II Book Launch - The Promise of Higher Education and its Future

Date: Thursday 21th October | Time: 14:30 – 16:00 (CEST)

What does the future hold for universities, staff and students?

What will students need to become active members of society and solve political, social, and cultural challenges? How will universities foster critical thinking, future creativity, and personal development? What will universities look like? In short, how will higher education unlock further potential to serve the common good and empower humanity?

Learn how universities will actively shape a sustainable future and how they will have to adapt as institutions. A discussion and Q&A will follow the presentations.

- Chair: Andreas Corcoran, IAU Deputy Secretary General

- Speakers:

Discover the book!

➨ Session I Book Launch - Coding the Values in a Changing Higher Education Landscape

Date: Tuesday 19th October | Time: 14:30 – 16:00 (CEST)

The focus of this session is to revisit the values fostered by the IAU and critically reflect on what they might mean in the 21st century, how higher education features as a common good, and whether it really fosters progress, fairness, diversity and inclusion. How do the values and the mission of the university fare in the face of current challenges, and how can universities safeguard their integrity over time while imparting change? In short, the discussion will centre around how universities react, adapt and actively shape values-based transformation for better and more sustainable societies.

The book and launch event benefit from support from SNSPA, Romania.

- Chair: Remus Pricopie, IAU Vice-President and Rector National University of Political and Administrative Studies, Romania

- Speakers:

  • Jo Beall, Emeritus Professor and Distinguished Research Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK
  • Sjur Bergan, Head of Education Department, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France
  • Andrew J. Deeks, President, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Manja Klemenčič, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
  • Mandla S. Makhanya, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Saulius Spurga, Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania

Discover the book!


Date: Tuesday 12th October | Time: 14:30 – 16:00 (CEST)

Education International (EI), IAU, and Polytechnic University of Milan (POLIMI) invite you to an engaging and interactive seminar to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the work and study conditions of university staff and students during the pandemic and how this has affected their health and well-being.

The sudden shift to remote teaching and learning, research, and administration has transformed the way in which staff and students work. For some, it resulted in an increased workload, disorientation and social isolation leading to stress and anxiety; for others it has paved the way to new working modalities and opportunities.

This seminar will bring together university leaders, staff, students, and experts to discuss how well-being in the higher education sector globally has been affected by the pandemic, what steps are being taken to accompany the shift in working conditions, and what can be done at universities to promote healthier work and learning environments. A plenary session will introduce the seminar followed by breakout sessions of small groups to encourage effective collaboration and exchange. This seminar will thus convene participants from around the world to share their experiences and inform about best practices and initiatives in their institutions.

- Speakers:

  • David Robinson, Executive Director, Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), Canada.
  • Tania Freire de Mello, University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil.
  • Licia Sbattella, Rector’s Delegate for Psychological Diseases, POLIMI, Italy.
  • Amilcar Sanatan, Global Student Forum, Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Ramneek Ahluwalia, CEO, Higher Health South Africa.
  • Oumar Dia, Syndicat unitaire et démocratique des enseignants du Sénégal (SUDES), Senegal.


University autonomy is not only a fundamental value that universities sign on to, but it is also a key requirement that needs to be put into practice to ensure a well-functioning governance. Autonomy allows universities to reply in a timely manner to challenges and opportunities and to be more flexible and effective in taking and implementing decisions. It also allows them to plan long term and to be less dependent on political changes. This webinar was co-organised by IAU and UNIMED: Mediterranean Universities Union as part of the event UNIMED Week in Brussels 2021. Rectors from the Mediterranean, Latin America and Asia shared their experiences on how university autonomy ensures good governance.

- Speakers:

- Moderator:


IAU organised this session as part of the 9th World Sustainability Forum (WSF) that took place 13-15 September. Experts make a strong case for higher education’s role for sustainable development, and present the work of the IAU on its strategic priority Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD) and how it fosters HESD around the world. Strategies for increased collaboration between universities and other higher education institutions around the world are also outlined, supported by presentations from representatives from the IAU Global HESD Cluster. The session focuses specifically on SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing; SDG 4: Quality Education; and SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals.

- Speakers:

  • Hilligje van’t Land, Secretary-General, IAU.
  • Ole Petter Ottersen, Rector, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden (IAU HESD Cluster on SDG 3).
  • Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Professor, Rhodes University, South Africa (IAU HESD Cluster on SDG 4).
  • Jonghwi Park, Academic Programme Officer and the Head of Innovation and Education at UNU-IAS, United Nations University (IAU partner organisation representative).
  • Rhoda Wanyenze, Professor and Dean, School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, Uganda (IAU HESD Cluster on SDG 3).

- Moderator:


Part of the Conference of the Americas on International Education (CAIE), the session is presented by the Inter-American University Organization (OUI-IOHE) in collaboration with the IAU. Giorgio Marinoni, Manager of HE & Internationalization, moderated the session and also presented the results of the second IAU Global Survey on the Impact of Covid-19 on Higher Education Around the World, with a focus on how the pandemic has pushed universities to reconsider their internationalization strategies.

- Speakers:

  • Fernando León García, President, CETYS University, Mexico and President, International Association of University Presidents (IAUP).
  • Tetsuo Morishita, Sophia University and Japan Network for International Education (JAFSA).
  • Dr. Lavern Samuels, Durban University of Technology, South Africa and International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA).

- Moderator:

  • Giorgio Marinoni, Manager, HE & Internationalization, IAU.


Higher Education institutions are uniquely placed to drive new forms of responsible consumption and production needed to achieve pressing SDG 12 targets as well as other SDGs. Autonomous universities act as independent communities capable of combining diverse forms of knowledge with local expertise and global HE partners to reshape themselves and the communities they serve. This integration promotes campus self-sufficiency, resource abundance, and a culture of service while advancing resilient student and community livelihoods in the face of growing risk and uncertainty. Panellists explore institutional and policy changes (such as sustainable procurement), new materials and transformative technologies, efficient and effective resource use, and efforts to create greater circulation. Collaboration so far through the global SDG 12 university cluster will also be explored.

This webinar with the IAU HESD Cluster on SDG 12 is an additional side event to the United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2021, which took place 6-15 July 2021. SDG 12: Ensure Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns is one of the Goals under review this year.

- Panellists:

  • Roger Petry, Professor of Philosophy, Luther College, University of Regina; Co-coordinator, RCE Saskatchewan.
  • Rose Ramkat, Lecturer and Deputy Center leader in the Center of Excellence in Phytochemicals, Textile and Renewable Energy, Moi University, Kenya.
  • Detlev Lindau-Bank, Assistant Professor and Researcher, Vechta University, Germany.
  • Saidatulakmal Mohd, Associate Professor and Director, Centre for Global Sustainability Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia.
  • Ian Vázquez-Rowe, Peruvian Life Cycle Assessment and Industrial Ecology Network (PELCAN), Department of Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.

- Moderator:


Private higher education is the fastest growing segment of higher education globally and in 2021, a significant force in most of the world. A surprisingly large part of global private postsecondary education consists of institutions owned or managed by families, often with family groups stretching back several generations. These family-owned or managed higher education institutions (FOMHEIs) are as diverse as private higher education itself.

Despite the importance of FOMHEIs, this sector has received no attention from researchers or analysts and the institutions themselves have not conducted any analysis of their role in the broader postsecondary firmament. This webinar is based on the book ‘The Global Phenomenon of Family-Owned and Managed Universities’, the first effort to understand, describe, and analyze FOMHEIs. The heart of the book lays in the case study chapters – these discussions yield important insights about FOMHEIs, including regional and institutional variations, varying patterns of ownership and governance, different family dynamics operating within the institutions and many others.

This webinar includes introductory short presentations by the editors of the book: Philip G. Altbach, Edward Choi, Mathew Allen and Hans de Wit, followed by discussion. In the second part of the webinar, case studies from Armenia, Ethiopia, India, and South Korea are presented, also followed by discussion.

Participants will receive a short article by the book editors as well as a discount on the book.

- Opening & closing remarks:

- Introduction to the theme:

  • Philip G. Altbach, Founding Director & Research Professor, CIHE, Boston College.
  • Edward Choi, PhD graduate CIHE.

- FOMHEIs from a family business perspective:

  • Mathew R. Allen, Associate Professor, Faculty Director for the Institute for Family Entrepreneurship, and Academic Director for the Global Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP) Project, Babson College.

- Case studies:

  • Vidya Yeravdekar, Symbiosis International University, India.
  • Arevik Ohanyan, Eurasia International University, Armenia.
  • Edward Choi, Yonsei University, South Korea.
  • Wondwosen Tamrat, President, St. Mary’s University, Ethiopia.

- Q&A:

  • Hans de Wit, Director, CIHE, Boston College.
  • Giorgio Marinoni, Manager, HE and Internationalization Policy and Projects, IAU.


Session co-hosted by IAU and UNICA Network.

2021 is a critical year for higher education and Agenda 2030, including the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As the world faces multiple crises, universities are the key to healthier, greener, fairer and more inclusive societies. To show a sustainable way forward, we need active engagement from university leadership and strong partnerships to achieve the Goals. This webinar discusses how we can take charge, together, for a more sustainable future.

Drawing on the vast experience and expertise from Members of the IAU and the UNICA network, the webinar demonstrates the crucial role of academic leadership and middle management in mainstreaming sustainable development. Speakers share how leadership best practices for SD have led to successful implementation of the SDGs at their institutions. Besides applying a holistic approach, the role of student leaders and bottom-up processes for sustainability initiatives at universities are also addressed.

- Panellists:

  • Tom Böhling, Vice-Rector, University of Helsinki, Finland.
  • Roger Petry, Professor of Philosophy, Luther College, University of Regina; Co-coordinator, RCE Saskatchewan.
  • Sandra Guarín, Director of International Relations, Antonio Nariño University, Colombia.
  • Ioannis Giapintzakis, Vice-Rector for International Relations, Finance and Administration, University of Cyprus, Cyprus.

- Moderator:


The idea of a university is one that has been passed on over centuries, and has remained remarkably stable over time. Indeed, the university - in its corporate structure and mission - has been a success model. It is one of the very few institutions in global history having survived the passing of time despite profound political, economic, and cultural transformations - not least during the seventy years of IAU’s existence. In the past and present, universities have shown to be drivers, mediators, and critical observers of change. In doing so, we ask how the universities have come to be contemporarily resilient and adaptable.

Moreover, the mission of universities today is, simply put, to research, teach, and serve society. But this is an evolution that has taken place in stages. This webinar wishes to discuss the changing mission of universities over time, and dares to ask how the university’s past might inform its future.

- Panellists:

  • Sheldon Rothblatt, Professor of History Emeritus and former Director of the Center for Studies in Higher Education, University of California - Berkeley, USA.
  • Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, Vice-Chancellor, United States International University-Africa in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Christine Musselin, Research Director, CNRS, Sciences Po, France.

- Moderator:

- Q&A and Closing Remarks:


This year, UNESCO is preparing a Recommendation on Open Science, a normative instrument that represents a global commitment towards Open Science. In this context, the "In Focus" section of the magazine IAU Horizons explores the current state of Open Science from the perspective of the universities framed by the question: Democratising knowledge: Open Science in a Closed World?

Open Science is not new, but rather an inherent principle of science, but what makes a great difference in the current context is the development of digital technologies that provides new opportunities and tools in terms of how we generate, store, share and disseminate research data and findings. Yet, rethinking the entire ecosystem of science is a complex process. In this session co-organised by IAU and and the Boston College Center for International Higher Education (CIHE), we bring together four authors who have contributed to the newly released edition of IAU Horizons to discuss the subject and to launch the magazine.

- Opening:

  • Hans de Wit, Director, Boston College’s Center for International Higher Education.

- Panellists:

  • Anja Smit, University Librarian, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.
  • Fernanda Beigel, Principal Researcher, CONICET; Head Professor, National University of Cuyo, Argentina; Chair, Advisory Committee for Open Science, UNESCO.
  • Mathew Vis-Dunbar, Librarian, University of British Columbia, Canada.
  • Wondwosen Tamrat, President, St. Mary’s University, Ethiopia.

- Moderator:

  • Trine Jensen, Manager, HE & Digital Transformation, Publication and Events, IAU.

- Q&A:

  • Gerardo Blanco, Associate Professor & Academic Director, Center for International Higher Education, Boston College



Internationalization is an intentional process, not a passive experience. It is not a goal in itself, but a means to enhance quality of higher education in all its aspects, learning & teaching, research and societal engagement. HEIs experience different pressures; they exist in different contexts and have different needs. Therefore, there is no “one size fits all” model or approach for internationalization, rather, each university must develop its own way of internationalizing. Intentional and purposeful internationalization requires a strategic approach which reflects the overall mission and strategy of each institution. At the same time, all HEIs can benefit from the best thinking and good practice from other institutions around the world.

In this webinar distinguished speakers from universities with different characteristics (private and public, small, and large) and from different countries in Latin America and Spain present good practices in strategic and purposeful internationalization. This session showcases examples of how HEIs institutionalize internationalization policies, in line with their institutional objectives, allowing participants to understand the success factors, strengths, and weaknesses of these processes, especially in changing contexts such as the current one due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar also presents the results of the impact evaluation study analysing the effectiveness of the Internationalization Strategy Advisory Services (ISAS) developed by the International Association of Universities, a set of services that encouraged universities to develop or revise their internationalization strategy.

La internacionalización es un proceso intencionado, no una experiencia pasiva. No es un objetivo en sí misma, sino un medio para mejorar la calidad de la educación superior en todos sus aspectos, el aprendizaje y la enseñanza, la investigación y el compromiso con la sociedad. Las IES experimentan diferentes presiones de acuerdo a sus contextos y necesidades. Por lo tanto, no existe un modelo o enfoque de internacionalización que sirva para todos, sino que cada universidad debe desarrollar su propia manera de internacionalizarse. Una internacionalización intencionada y decidida requiere un enfoque estratégico que refleje la misión y la estrategia general de cada institución. Al mismo tiempo, todas las IES pueden beneficiarse de las mejores ideas y buenas prácticas de otras instituciones de todo el mundo.

En este seminario web, distinguidos ponentes de universidades de diferentes características (privadas y públicas, pequeñas y grandes), provenientes de América Latina y de España, presentarán buenas prácticas en materia de internacionalización estratégica y con propósito. Este webinar mostrará ejemplos de cómo las IES institucionalizan las políticas de internacionalización, en línea con sus objetivos institucionales. Ello permitirá a los participantes comprender los factores de éxito, las fortalezas y las debilidades de estos procesos, especialmente en contextos cambiantes como el actual debido a la pandemia del COVID-19. El webinar también será la oportunidad para presentar los resultados del estudio de evaluación de impacto que analiza la eficacia de los Servicios de Asesoramiento sobre Estrategias de Internacionalización (ISAS) desarrollados por la Asociación Internacional de Universidades, un conjunto de servicios que animan a las universidades a desarrollar o revisar su estrategia de internacionalización.

- Panellists: / Panelistas:

  • María Paula Awe Luca, Universidad Nacional de Río Negro, Argentina.
  • Robinson Restrepo García, Colegio Mayor de Antioquia, Colombia.
  • Rául Sánchez Prieto, Universidad de Salamanca, España.
  • Lianne Guerra, Encargada de proyectos, IAU

- Moderator: / Moderador:

  • Giorgio Marinoni, Manager, HE and Internationalization Policy and Projects, IAU.


With less than 10 years to go for Agenda 2030 and the SDGs, the world is at a crossroads in 2021. Working together and forming lasting and effective partnerships is now more crucial than ever. Universities engage with the SDGs in multiple ways including teaching, research, leadership, and campus operations. In addition, they are in a unique position to impact local communities and advocate for the pivotal role of higher education in addressing sustainable development to governments.

With a view to accelerating action for UN Agenda 2030, the IAU Global Cluster on HESD fosters university engagement with the SDGs, while also developing new partnerships and generating new knowledge and new cooperation dynamics. With the upcoming UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (17-19 May 2021), now is the time to transform learning s well as our societies to be more sustainable. The webinar panel therefore includes HE leadership, research, and student perspectives. The discussion and its takeaways will feed into the UNESCO ESD Conference and particularly the session on Higher Education that IAU is co-organising.

- Panellists:

  • Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Professor, Rhodes University, South Africa.
  • Inga Žalėnienė, Rector, Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania.
  • Jade Monroe, Interim Director of Education, Students Organising for Sustainability UK (SOS-UK).
  • Diana Senior Angulo, Director of the Office for International Affairs and External Cooperation, University of Costa Rica.

- Moderator:

  • Stephen Sterling, Professor of Sustainability Education, Centre for Sustainable Futures (CSF), Plymouth University, UK.

- Opening & Closing Remarks:


As higher education across the world begins to think of life after COVID, we need to rethink what the purpose and philosophy of our universities are, or should be, because a return to the status quo ante is neither possible nor desirable. ’Business as usual’ will not be adequate to deal with the weaknesses shown up in our systems, nor will it really be able to rise to the challenges posed by a post-COVID world.

On the positive side, the response by universities to the pandemic has demonstrated the deep well of creativity, engagement, and solidarity that exists within them. We need to capture that emerging spirit and create the conditions for a new, more democratic, inclusive and networked university to emerge. Just like the pandemic, that project will necessarily be an international one; it will also need to involve all university stakeholders, not only managers but also all staff and, of course, the students.

- MC:
Joanna Ozarowska, Programme Manager, DCU in the Community.

- Introduction of Minister for Higher Education, Simon Harris, by DCU President Prof Daire Keogh.
- Address by Minister Harris.
- Symposium facilitated by Prof Ronnie Munck.

- Panellists:


The book Higher Education’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Building a More Sustainable and Democratic Future was launched in Latin America through this webinar. This session is in Spanish.


Quality in higher education is a blurred concept that can be interpreted in different ways. Next to quality in research and teaching, one may ask for instance about the quality of a university in relation to the community it serves. What about the social, democratic, ethical quality of a university? How do you define the quality of a curriculum? Is it the breadth and integration of local and global knowledge? In what ways does the university lend quality to the socio-economic and cultural context it operates in? What about the university’s capacity to respond to that context?
Reaching beyond a debate on rankings and the indicators they employ, this webinar asks university leaders how they define quality for their own universities and make it part of their leadership agenda.

- Panelists:

- Moderator:

  • Andreas Corcoran, Deputy Secretary-General, IAU.

- Q&A and Closing Remarks:


Session co-hosted by IAU and Center for International Higher Education, Boston College.

This webinar will focus on the “practical” impact of the dramatic changes affecting academic publishing in recent years (e.g. "open access” and its implications, changes to the role and composition of editorial boards and peer reviewers, increased competition and commercialization, and the resulting rise in predatory journals). The panel will discuss these changes from the perspective of editors, publishers and researchers, with a particular focus on those located in the global south.

- Panellists:

  • Jeroen Huisman, Editor, Higher Education Policy.
  • William M. Breichner, Journals Publisher, Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Ibrahim Oanda, Senior Program Officer, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA).

- Moderator:

  • Gerardo Blanco, Associate Professor & Academic Director, Center for International Higher Education, Boston College.

- Q&A:

  • Giorgio Marinoni, Manager, HE and Internationalization Policy and Projects, IAU.


Universities are the key to healthier, greener, fairer and more inclusive societies – in short, to ensuring a better future for us all. Their response to the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the crucial impact they have through teaching and research on key issues, and their engagement with local communities.

2021 is a critical year for higher education. As nations start to plan their recovery from the pandemic, there is a danger that higher education budgets will be cut – putting at risk not just an inclusive and sustainable post-COVID recovery, but also the entire education ecosystem and progress against the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In times of crisis, cooperation is more crucial than ever. The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), and the International Association of Universities (IAU) are working in partnership to advocate for higher education and its role for sustainable development at the highest levels.

This coalition of three global associations – representing more than 2,000 institutions across more than 140 countries – is calling on the sector to come together to champion, defend, and support higher education. Watch this session to find out more about how higher education institutions are engaged with sustainable development.

- Association Perspectives:

- University Perspectives:

  • Myriam Moïse, Secretary-General, Universities Caribbean; Associate Professor, Université des Antilles, Martinique.
  • Francis Aduol, Vice-Chancellor, Technical University of Kenya.


Session co-organised by the Council of Europe, the International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility and Democracy, and IAU.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a watershed. Higher education had to react rapidly and make daunting decisions on how to reorganise teaching, learning, and research, as well as other activities. Institutions needed to take account of the health and safety of students and staff as well as of the approach established by public authorities for addressing the sudden health crisis. Beyond this immediate response, higher education must play a major role in helping to shape a better, more equitable and just post-COVID world.

To better understand “Higher education’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic”, the Council of Europe has published a book, co-edited by representatives from the Council, the International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility and Democracy, and the IAU, describing the various ways in which higher education is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is designed to help universities, specifically their staff, students, and partners, contribute to a more sustainable and democratic future. Authors who contributed to the book are the webinar panelists. Learn More and get a copy of the book.

- Panellists:

  • Ligia Deca, Presidential Adviser to the President of Romania, Department of Education and Research.
  • Paul Pribbenow, President, Augsburg University, USA.
  • Barnabas Nawangwe, Vice Chancellor, Makerere University, Uganda.
  • Naoto Yoshikawa, Vice Chancellor for Global Initiatives, Tokai University.

- Moderator:

  • Sjur Bergan, Head of the Education Department, Council of Europe.

- Q&A:

- Closing Remarks:

  • Ira Harkavy, Associate Vice President and Founding Director, Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania; Chair, International Consortium.

Please read the closing remarks here.


The pandemic has unexpectedly accelerated the digital transformation of higher education around the world. Is the increased use of digital technologies a temporary measure to curb the spread of the virus or are we discovering new opportunities to enhance the quality of teaching and learning? This session discusses the lessons learnt in the past year, and how teaching and learning models are likely to evolve in the future.

- Panellists:

  • Laura Czerniewicz, Professor and Director, Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching, University of Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Francisco Cervantes Pérez, Rector, International University of La Rioja (UNIR), Mexico.
  • Li Yan, Professor and Director, Department of Curriculum and Learning Sciences & Director of Research Center for AI in Education, Zhejiang University.

- Moderators:

  • Hilligje van’t Land, Secretary-General, IAU.
  • Trine Jensen, Manager, HE & Digital Transformation, Publication and Events, IAU.


The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted the entire higher education sector around the world; HE leaders and stakeholders reacted by showing resilience, adaptability, and spirit of innovation. More than a year into the pandemic, the world is still in a state of emergency. Even as the development of vaccines provides hope to overcome the crisis, the number of infections and resulting deaths remains high, while the new virus mutations threaten further disruption.

Despite these challenges, the global higher education community is already thinking about the post-pandemic scenario and planning for the future. To understand the effects of the pandemic, and to learn more about how universities and higher education institutions have transformed the way they operate, the International Association of Universities has launched a second edition of the Global Survey on the Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education.

This webinar presents the key topics covered in the Survey, while also underlining the importance of data-driven decision-making.

- Panellists:

- Moderator: Hilligje van’t Land, Secretary-General, IAU.


The pandemic has accelerated and prompted new questions on universities’ place in society. This session kicked off the IAU Webinar Series on The Future of Higher Education for 2021, with a discussion on actions university leaders must take to address the institutional and societal needs of the future.

At the institutional level, university leaders are asked to do more with less. At the systems level, university leaders are asked to create synergies and share resources, as well as convincingly demonstrate how their institutions will actively contribute to shaping a post pandemic recovery and development processes.

What can leadership do to reaffirm the role of universities as crucial places of knowledge and solutions to global problems? In what ways will system-wide leadership across the higher education sector emerge, organise, and help spin the good across society? What are the challenges and opportunities for higher education institutions globally in the context of massive economic disruption, digitised education, and trust deficits? In short, how do university leaders reimagine the university and its business model in these transformational times? Watch the recording to find out.

- Panellists:

  • Lakeesha K. Ransom, Visiting Faculty and Enterprise Engagement Director, Asian Institute of Technology.
  • Peter Maassen, Professor in Higher Education Studies, University of Oslo.
  • Michael Hölscher, Professor of Higher Education Management and Management of Science, German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer.

- Moderator: Andreas Corcoran, Deputy Secretary-General, IAU.

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Universities play a crucial role in creating new knowledge and educating the people who can apply this knowledge to benefit the society. This webinar explores how universities, through civic engagement and development of social impact and young change leaders, can become a leading force for positive change both locally and internationally. The session was hosted by University World News and Mastercard Foundation.


Universities have a vital role to play in building more sustainable societies and, in particular, achieving all of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set in the context of the UN Agenda 2030: Transforming our World. What does that mean in practice for universities and how might they review, modify, and improve their efforts towards this goal? Find out in this joint IAU and Magna Charta Observatory (MCO) webinar.

Click here for the background document.

- Speakers:

  • Hilligje van’t Land, Secretary-General, IAU.
  • Eva Wiberg, Rector, Gothenburg University.
  • Sijbolt Noorda, President of the Governing Council of the Magna Charta Observatory.

- Moderator: David Lock, Secretary General of the Magna Charta Observatory


Join us for a Special Celebratory Webinar marking the 70th Anniversary of the International Association of Universities (IAU). The virtual celebrations feature contributions from IAU’s Members and Partners, reflecting on these 70 years of HE collaboration at the global level ever since the historical signing of the IAU Constitution by the founding members on 9 December 1950 in Nice, France. This is followed by a discussion on the Future of Higher Education with university leaders. Programme available here.


In these fast-changing times, it is often difficult to step back, make sense of the situation, and learn from the experience of leading in and through a crisis. Join our panel of experts for an insightful webinar, which will help you re-imagine the ways in which current and future trends may shape higher education, both locally and globally.

- Panellists:

  • Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg, South Africa and incoming Director of SOAS, University of London in the UK.
  • Mirta Martin, President of Fairmont State University, West Virginia, US.
  • Tom Kennie, a Director of Ranmore in the UK and a Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne

- Introduction: Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Secretary-General
- Moderator: Andreas Corcoran, IAU Deputy Secretary-General


The IAU Global report on the impact of Covid-19 on higher education demonstrated inequalities between universities - some already had the appropriate infrastructures in place prior to the pandemic and could shift fully online in an easier manner. Other institutions do not own the necessary infrastructures. In some cases teachers and students do not have access to the devices needed and to a proper internet connection from their home.
During this webinar experts will explore how this unprecedented situation impacts higher education institutions including teachers and students and consequently, the right to education. Education is a human right - should connectivity become one as well in the 21st century?

- Panellists:

  • Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO
  • Paul Zeleza, Vice-Chancellor, United States International University-Africa, Kenya
  • Claudio Rama, Academic Director, Universidad de la Empresa, Uruguay

- Moderators: Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Secretary-General and Trine Jensen, Manager, HE & Technology, IAU

➨ THE FUTURE OF INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION AND ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIPS , in collaboration with Boston College’s Center for International Higher Education | 12 November 2020

During this webinar panelists discuss how international collaboration and academic partnerships have changed in the context of the disruption due to COVID-19 and how it might evolve in the future. We explore the impact of travel restrictions - will they trigger increased collaboration within regions and with neighbor countries or will the increased development of online/virtual cooperation weaken the regional partnerships to the benefit of collaboration at global scale instead?
Higher education experts from different regions of the world will share their views and analysis of the situation.

- Chair: Hans de Wit, Director, Boston College’s Center for International Higher Education

- Panellists:

  • Kalyani Unkule, Associate Professor, JGLS and Director & Head of the Office of Alumni Relations, O.P Jindal Global University
  • Orla Quinlan, President, International Education Association of South Africa
  • Susan Buck Sutton, former President of Association of International Education Administrators; Senior Advisor for Internationalization, American Council on Education

, in collaboration with Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
| 27 October 2020

The current global health emergency is essentially leading to a collective awakening of the need to rethink our economic and health system towards a more sustainable one, adapted to our century’s challenges. Higher education institutions have a pivotal role to play as educators of the health workers of today and tomorrow. However, how health is taught in higher education will need to radically transform, both in format and content to meet these challenges. To contribute to the conversation, The IAU Global Cluster on SDG 3 wishes to hold an open discussion and debate on the future of how Health should be taught in higher education in a post Covid-19 context. It will bring together experts from all continents to share their views on the current context and a vision for a more sustainable future.

- Panelists:

  • Marta Aymerich, Vice President for Strategic Planning and Research, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
  • Maria Niemi, Associate Professor, Karolinska Institutet (Sweden)
  • Virginia Schmeid, Professor of Midwifery in the Nursing and Midwifery and Health and Well-being Theme Champion at Western Sydney University
  • Titi Savitri, PhD, Associate Professor in Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing, Universitas Gadjah Madah (Indonesia)
  • David Serwadda, Professor of Public Health, Makerere University (Uganda)

- Presenter: Pam Fredman, President of the International Association of Universities
- Moderator: Albert Barberà, director of the eHealth Center (UOC)


The speakers in this webinar were already advocating for innovation and change in teaching and learning prior to the pandemic. Here they present their views on the future of teaching and learning and discuss whether the remote teaching experience will drive innovation forward or whether it is simply a temporary measure before returning to "traditional" education .

- Panelists:

  • José Antonio Bowen, Senior Fellow, Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
  • Sharron McPherson, Co-Founder & Executive Director, The Centre for Disruptive Technologies, and Senior Lecturer, University of Cape Town

- Moderators: Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Secretary-General and Trine Jensen, IAU Manager, HE & Technology

|13 October 2020

The Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education, adopted in November 2019 at the UNESCO General Conference, has been hailed as a multilateral milestone, a collective move towards democratizing knowledge, and an enabler of a fluid circulation of talent and global trust in higher education.
This webinar wishes to discuss the potential of the Global Convention within the current political, cultural and economic context and explore the implementation process and data provision needed for its successful application on a global scale.

- Panelists:

- Moderator: Andreas Corcoran, IAU Deputy Secretary-General


In these turbulent times, university leaders around the world have to make decisions based on rapidly changing variables that make it difficult to make meaningful predictions. This webinar reflects and exchanges on principles of leadership that have helped mitigate the present challenges and shape the future. The panelists will speak about the financial, systemic and educational ramifications of the pandemic and share their experiences and decision-making process during these times.

- Panelists:

- Moderator: Andreas Corcoran, IAU Deputy Secretary-General


This webinar look at the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) initiatives undertaken by universities worldwide and present examples of how they integrate the SDGs at their institutions using a Whole Institution Approach (WIA). UNESCO ESD for 2030 and the synergies with the IAU Higher Education for Sustainable Development (HESD) work will be discussed. The IAU Global Cluster on HESD serves as an example of how the IAU fosters engagement of universities with SDGs and monitors developments with reports and surveys.

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- Panelists:

  • Alexander Leicht, Chief of Section, Education for Sustainable Development, UNESCO
  • Dr. Shakuntala Laskar, Senior Professor, Assam Don Bosco University, India (IAU HESD Cluster SDG 7)
  • Charles Hopkins, UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Education towards Sustainability, York University Toronto, Canada (IAU HESD Cluster SDG 4)

- Moderators: Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Secretary-General and Isabel Toman, Programme officer, Sustainable Development, IAU

This webinar discusses the lessons learnt from the experience of remote teaching and learning from the perspective of different types of higher education institutions. What are the opportunities deriving from this experience in the context of COVID-19 and how could it contribute to innovation in teaching and learning?

- Speakers:

  • Dr. Àngels Fitó, Vice-President for Competitivity and Employability, Open University of Catalonia
  • Dr. Kamila Ghazali, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic & International), University of Malaya
  • Prof. Liz Johnson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Education at Deakin University

- Moderators: Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Secretary General and Trine Jensen, Manager, Technology and Higher Education, IAU


The webinar discuss the strategies envisaged for the reopening of universities for the new semester/academic year in different parts of the world in the context of the pandemic of COVID-19, which is developing asymmetrically in different parts of the world and therefore implies different challenges for universities.

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- Speakers:

  • Ahmed Bawa, Chief Executive Officer, Universities South Africa
  • Brad Farnsworth, Vice President, Global Engagement, American Council on Education, U.S.A
  • Robert Napier, President, European Student Union
  • Dr. Sylvia Schmelkes, Deputy Rector, Iberoamericana university in Mexico
  • Suchatvee Suwansawat, President, Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning

- Moderators:

  • Pam Fredman, President, International Association of Universities
  • Hilligje van’t Land, Secretary General, International Association of Universities

THE FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION: INTERNATIONALIZATION STRATEGIES POST- COVID-19, in collaboration with the Boston College Centre for International Higher Education | 30 June, 2020

A panel of higher education experts from different regions of the world discuss the impact of COVID-19 on internationalization and the kind of internationalization strategies that higher education institutions may have to develop in the post COVID-19 era.

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- Speakers:

  • Chika Seehole, Pretoria University, South Africa, on perspectives from Africa
  • Vidya Yeravdekar, Symbiosis University, India, on perspectives from Asia
  • Irina Ferencz, Academic Cooperation Association, on perspectives from Europe
  • José Celso Freire Junior, UNESP, Brazil, on perspectives from Latin America
  • Robin Helms, American Council on Education, on perspectives from North America

- Moderators:

  • Hilligje van’t Land, Secretary General, International Association of Universities
  • Hans de Wit, Director, Centre for International Higher Education, Boston College
  • Giorgio Marinoni, Manager, HE and Internationalization, International Association of Universities

THE FUTURE OF ACADEMIC FREEDOM, in collaboration with CHEA/CIQG | 17 June, 2020

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- Speakers:

  • Robert Quinn, Scholars at Risk
  • Marcelo Knobel, Rector, University of Campinas, Brazil
  • Sjur Bergen, Head of Education Department, Council of Europe


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- Speakers:

  • Giorgio Marinoni, Manager, HE & Internationalization, International Association of Universities
  • Hans de Wit, Director, Center for International Higher Education, Boston College
  • Michael Gaebel, Higher Education Policy Director, European University Association
  • Marta Losada, Dean of Science, New York University Abu Dhabi

THE FUTURE OF INTERNATIONALIZATION OF HIGHER EDUCATION: SHORT, MEDIUM AND LONG-TERM PERSPECTIVES in collaboration with the Boston College Centre for International Higher Education | 19 May, 2020

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- Speakers:

  • Marta Losada, Dean of Science, New York University in Abu Dhabi
  • Saburo Aoki, Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba
  • Eva Egron-Polak, IAU Senior Fellow and former Secretary General

THE FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION: SHORT, MEDIUM AND LONG-TERM PERSPECTIVES IN MID- AND LOW-INCOME COUNTRIES in collaboration with the Boston College Centre for International Higher Education | 12 May, 2020

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- Speakers:

  • Marcelo Knobel, Rector, University of Campinas, Brazil
  • Eden Woon, President, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
  • Wondwosen Tamarat, President founder, St. Mary University, Ethiopia

THE FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION: SHORT, MEDIUM AND LONG-TERM PERSPECTIVES AROUND THE WORLD, in collaboration with the Boston College Centre for International Higher Education | 5 May, 2020

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- Speakers:

  • Roberta Bassett, World Bank Group
  • Ahmed Bawa, CEO of Universities South Africa
  • Ellen Hazelkorn, Partner at BH Associates Education Consultants

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