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The IAU represents its Members and speaks out on behalf of the global higher education community at meetings and events around the world. The Association, represented by the IAU President, members of the IAU Administrative Board, the Secretary General and senior staff from the secretariat, presents its work and shares expertise on strategic issues for higher education and society at large. The selection of events listed aims at showcasing the ways in which the Association engages with HE stakeholders around the world for the benefit of the HE sector and society at large.

IAU official Policy Statements are available here.


- 13 December
The University of Sassari, Member of the IAU, organizes a cycle of training activities on Public Engagement (PE) of research and the social impact of universities. This training is conceived as a series of action-learning initiatives aimed at sharing and increasing knowledge among participants, but also at identifying possible perspectives and developments aimed at fostering and enhancing PE in our University. Activities include: a) policy, strategic and governance aspects, and b) concrete "on the ground" practices of PE applied to teaching and research. These themes are debated through a series of online webinars and in-person workshops. Dr Van’t Land was invited to speak to the role of HE for sustainable development and the promise of higher education see recordings here

- 13-15 December
The 8th Senior Officials Meeting and ASEMME8 (Asia Europe Ministers Meeting) hosted by Thailand (online) took place in December. It saw the launch of the ASEM Strategic Plan and the Action Plan. These ASEMM8 Documents along with the Conclusions by the Chair and the joint AUN – EUA and IAU Letter to the meeting can be downloaded here
The ASEM Process is awaiting a new secretariat to continue its important work.

- 5-6 December
UARCTIC Rectors’ meeting: Rectors representing the Universities member of UArctic and IAU met in Versailles at Université de Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines (UVSQ) and Paris Saclay in December. Dr van ’t Land was invited to chair one of the plenary sessions. The Conference came with a beautiful hosting at the Chateau de Versailles thanks to UVSQ:

- 2-4 December
ERUA Summit in Sofia (online): Dr van’t Land, IAU Secretary General sits on the Advisory Board to EUEA – the European Research University Alliance, one of the 41 University Alliances funded by the European Union. ERUA met for the first time in December


- 30 November
Joint ACU, Wellcome Trust and IAU organized webinar to debate the Wellcome commissioned Report on “Language equity in health sciences in Africa”.

- 18-19 November
HERE Annual (Final) Conference 2021 offered an opportunity to take stock of achievements and to look forward: What is in store for the new EU cooperation programmes for higher education and where is emphasis placed? How do HERE envisage the university of the immediate future and how can this be achieved? How have the dynamics of global cooperation changed and where are there new challenges and opportunities? Dr van ‘t Land chaired one of the sessions and reflected on two TAM sessions organized by the IAU in the context of the HERE programme – one in Israël and the other one in Azerbaijan. More info: &

- 17 November
The 4th World Access to Higher Education Conference (on WAHE-Day) 2021 asked the question: “Who will be going to university in 2030?” and welcomed Dr van’t Land as keynote speaker, see: . – The WAHED Conference series aims to bring global attention to inequality in access to higher education and accelerate action.

- 9-24 November
41st General Conference of UNESCO: IAU took an active part in the General Conference, in particular in the sessions on education -


- 13-15 October
IAU is an observer to the Steering Committee for Educational Policy and Practice (CDPPE) which oversees the Council of Europe’s programmes in the field of education and advises the Committee of Ministers on education issues. Dr van ‘t Land presented the work on the local mission of the university to which the IAU contributes. A Global Forum to debate on the topic is scheduled for June 2022 in Dublin.

- 11 October
IAU Secretary General Dr. Hilligje van’t Land is invited to a pre-COP26 webinar on Higher Education, Knowledge Democracy and Sustainability on Monday, 11th October 2021 from 4-5:30 CEST. Based on the book Socially Responsible Higher Education: International Perspectives on Knowledge Democracy, this webinar will focus on two themes: knowledge democracy and place-based learning, offering perspectives from India, Africa, Latin America, and North America. The event is a joint initiative between the UNESCO Chair in Community-based Research and Social Responsibility, the Centre for Research and Development in Adult and Lifelong Learning (University of Glasgow) and the Low and Middle Income Countries Research Network (University of Glasgow).
Registration and more information here: on

- 7-9 October
IAU Manager Digital Transformation of HE and IAU Secretary General took part in an in person meeting to work with partners on the development of deliverables in the project ‘Innovative Doctoral Courses for Sustainability’ (IDOCOS), in Sweden. IAU Secretary General also met with the leadership of UKÄ to plan for a study visit to France in Spring 2022.

- 6-8 October
2nd Universities South Africa (USAf) Higher Education Conference 2021 focused on “The engaged university”. The conference provided a platform for thought leadership, debates, deliberation and shared understanding among senior academics, researchers, executive leadership of public universities, government, business and civil society and offered to reflect on the state and purpose of South Africa’s higher education system – looking at the past, the present and the future.. The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) endorsed the conference as a key national event for the sector. The IAU was invited to take an active part by presenting and taking part in the debates, see:


- 30 September
IAU co-hosted a series of sessions on the future of internationalisation of higher education - EAIE

- 15 September
Joint IIUM-IAU International Webinar on Higher Education Leadership : Future of Education with a Soul – see:

- 14-15 September

- 13-15 September
IAU organised a session on Higher Education and Research – How universities around the world engage with Sustainability and build partnerships for the SDGs" as part of the 9th World Sustainability Forum (WSF), which took place virtually from 13-15 September ( Experts from the IAU network made a strong case for higher education’s role in sustainable development, and also linked it with IAU’s work on its strategic priority of Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD). Strategies for increased collaboration between universities and other higher education institutions around the world were outlined, supported by presentations from representatives from the IAU Global HESD Cluster. The session focused specifically on SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing; SDG 4: Quality Education; and SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals.
The recording is available on the IAU Youtube Channel here:

- 10 September
Giorgio Marinoni, Manager Internationalisation and Hilligje van ‘t Land, IAU Secretary General spoke to Inclusive International Mobility of People and Knowledge at the 8th ASEF Regional Conference on Higher Education (ARC8)

- 10 September
IAU Secretary General contributed to the Meeting of the National Correspondents for Qualifications Frameworks (QFEHEA) as an expert – see:

- 9 September
Together with Ocean Sustainability Bergen, Cluster Lead for SDG 14: Life Below Water, IAU organised a session at SANORD Conference on "Bringing SDG 14 to the forefront of Higher Education". Speakers included Lise Øvreås (UiB), Hilligje van’t Land (IAU), Stacy Kennedy (UWI), Martin Visbeck (Geomar Kiel), Isabelle Ansorge (University of Cape Town), and Aschneel Chandra (UiB).
More information here:

- 7 September
IAU Secretary General presented the outcomes of the IAU UIL global survey on the role of higher education in lifelong learning at the September EUCEN Policy Talks “Messages and consequences of recent trends in ULLL across Europe to Policy Makers | Equity, Management, Pedagogy, Quality, HE-VET” - see


- 26-27 August
Pam Fredman, IAU President, opened the 2021 Gothenburg International Research Conference on SDG 8, which was organised by the team at Gothenburg University also working with the IAU HESD Cluster as Lead for SDG 8. Fredman was also a discussant in a session on higher education’s role for the future of work on one of the conference days.
More information:

- 23 August
Pam Fredman, IAU President took part in policy makers’ panel on: Universities for the future: the contribution of research in learning and instruction , which took place during the 19th Biennial EARLI Conference 2021. Participants presented results and ideas on state-of-the-art research in learning and instruction, specifically around the topic "Education and Citizenship: Learning and Instruction and the Shaping of Futures ".

JULY 2021

- 30 July
IAUP Triennial Virtual Conference : Key Priorities for Higher Education in a Post Pandemic World, Virtual/Mexico 2021. The conference focused on ‘Major Challenges in Higher Education’, ‘Innovation: Universities and the Future’, ‘Inclusion: A Major Challenge for Globalized Universities’. Pam Fredman, IAU President talked about Trends in HE in 2021.

- 6-15 July
For the third consecutive year, IAU was actively involved in the UN High-Level Political Forum.
All events and details here:

JUNE 2021

- 22 June
Giorgio Marinoni, IAU Manager HE and internationalisation, member of the Steering Committee, contributed to the session "Capitalizing on the existing regional networks and collaborations” at the launch event of the report of the study “The Internationalisation of Higher Education: current and prospective trends”. The event was organised by the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and the study was commissioned by UfM and conducted by UNIMED Mediterranean Universities Union.
The recordings of the event are available on the UfM YouTube channel at:

- 16 June
Giorgio Marinoni, IAU Manager HE and internationalisation presented the first results of the second edition of the IAU Global Survey on the impact of Covid-19 on higher education during a session at the Going Global conference. The session recordings are not available to the general public, but some highlights of the second day are available at

- 11 June
Giorgio Marinoni, IAU Manager HE and internationalisation presented IAU’s work in research, with a special focus on research on internationalisation, at the WES-CIHE Summer Institute 2021 Fourth Panel: Practitioner-Oriented Research. The session recordings are available on the CHIE YouTube channel at:

- 10 June
7th EWORA Conference "Leadership in Higher Education and Research in Times of Dynamic Global Change" was organized online jointly by ETH Zurich and EWORA on 9-10 June 2021. Pam Fredman represented the IAU at this event.

- 9-10 June
The IAU President Pam Fredman spoke on Gendered Impacts of the Pandemic in the context of Higher Education, during the 7th EWORA (European Women Rectors Association) online Conference. See programme

- 2-4 June
Global University leaders council, Hamburg, on The Role of Universities and their Leaders facing the Grand Challenges of Climate Change and Sustainability (see 45 University leaders from 27 countries, including Pam Fredman, President, International Association of Universities, met virtually to discuss the contribution of universities to tackling climate change and making society more sustainable.
In their final declaration, the university leaders committed their institutions to taking a holistic approach to climate protection and sustainability.

MAY 2021

- - 26 May:
Dr Hilligje van‘t Land joined Eddie Watson, AAC&U, Olivia Fleming, OneHE and Warren Kennard, CONNECTed for a debate on The future of higher education, A global perspective, as part of a series of conversations in the GlobalMindEd-OneHE Virtual Events’ Week.

- 19 May:
IAU takes part in the Calie Conference:

- 17 May:
IAU supports the C40 Students Reinventing Cities:

- 12 May:
AAP dialogue on Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity in Africa and the Diaspora: sponsored by the IAU

- 7 May:
First Advisory Board meeting of the newly launched Global Observatory on Academic Freedom (GOAF):

- 4 May:
University of Rosario Launch event on the Digital transformation of HE and its impact on internationalization and interculturality:

- 4 May:
Deputy Secretary General Andreas Corcoran spoke at the ENIC NARIC network roundtable focusing on access to higher education due to COVID-19 and recognition of qualifications giving access to higher education.

APRIL 2021

- 31 April:
EARLI Conference 2021 - The 19th Biennial EARLI Conference was hosted by the EARLI Executive Committee as an online conference. Participants presented results and ideas on state-of-the-art research in learning and instruction, specifically around the topic "Education and Citizenship: Learning and Instruction and the Shaping of Futures ". Pam Fredman, international Association of Universities, Sweden spoke to the session on “Universities for the Future: The Contribution of Research in Learning and Instruction” with Sari Lindblom, University of Helsinki, Finland and Ian Dunn, Coventry University, United Kingdom

- 28-29 April:
Dr Hilligje van‘t Land spoke on the transformation of internationalization and new dynamics ahead at the Faubai Virtual Conference 2021

- 26 April:
The IAU attended the third Expert Group Meeting working on the global report on HESD to be launched at the UNESCO WHEC

- 22-23 April:
2021 EUA Annual Conference Universities 2030: From vision to reality, online: Pam Fredman IAU President spoke in the Official Opening and Session I: The future of Europe and its universities. The session opened with a Video message by Charles Michel, President, European Council, followed by an exchange with Pam Fredman, President, International Association of Universities (IAU) and Michael Murphy, President, EUA and moderated by Amanda Crowfoot, Secretary General, EUA. The Session set the scene for the conference by discussing the path ahead based on the European Union’s ambitions for research and higher education and the position published by EUA: Universities without walls – A vision for 2030

- 22 April:
EUA Annual conference: Universities 2030: From vision to reality – Both Pam Fredman, President, and Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Secretary General IAU took part in the meeting

- 20 April:
IAU ACU and AUF spoke on Higher Education for Sustainable Development at the THE Innovation and Impact Summit. Prof Barnabas Manangwe, VC Makerere University moderated the international Panel.

- 20 April:
IAU presented on the role of higher education and global networking for sustainable development to the Greek Ministry of Higher Education Meeting.

- 19 April:
IAU attended the Launch meeting of the AUF UniLab project

- 14 April:
Giorgio Marinoni, IAU Manager HE and Internationalisation, presented on the topic of South / South mobility and cooperation at the virtual conference "South / South mobility: a framework for cooperation and action” organised by UNIMED, Mediterranean Universities Union

- 13 April:
IAU took part in the first Steering Committee meeting on to launch the “Best Practice Programme in Promoting Academic Integrity
– Watch this space: a Call for proposals will be issued shortly.

- 13 April:
IAU attended the UIL Advisory Group meeting on a joint international project on the role of higher education for Lifelong Learning

- 8 April:
IAU took an active part in the IInd Central Asia Nobel Fest Conference - YOUTUBE: with Andrew Deeks, VC University College and IAU Board Member delivering a speech on the importance of science; Trine Jensen, Manager Events and Digital Transformation speaking on “The digital transformation of HE” and Hilligje van ‘t land, IAU Secretary General on “Soft Skills” – see:!/tab/300184980-2

MARCH 2021

- 24 - 26 March:
IAU is an Observer to the Steering Committee for Educational Policy and Practice (CDPPE) which oversees the Council of Europe’s programmes in the field of education and advises the Committee of Ministers on education issues. IAU is involved in the work on democracy, ETINED, The Local Mission of the University and a new project on Academic Integrity

- 22 March:
Giorgio Marinoni, IAU Manager HE and Internationalisation and Isabel Toman, IAU Programme Officer, Sustainable Development, gave a presentation titled "Higher Education around the world in the (post) Covid-19 era” at the University of Florida Wildlife Ecology and Conservation department’s weekly seminar

- 19 March:
Giorgio Marinoni, IAU Manager HE and Internationalisation, gave a presentation at the Master in Management delle Università, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, on the topic "The challenge of COVID-19 for university systems: an international outlook

- 18 March:
Giorgio Marinoni, IAU Manager HE and Internationalisation, participated in the 2nd and last Steering Committee meeting of the 2021 edition of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) Survey. During the meeting a preliminary report was presented to the Steering Committee members.

- 18 March:
The Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Change Education (MECCE) Project team, including the IAU, met to debate and define the future work plans for this project with global scope.

- 15 - 19 March:
The IAU Secretary General spoke at the S4D4C #SciDipNet2021 closing Conference on Addressing Global Challenges together - the Role of Science diplomacy .
A Summary is available here. The plenary sessions are available on YouTube channel. #SciDipNet2021 was a great milestone for the S4D4C initiative and, while the project is ending in April, its achievements and those of the science diplomacy cluster are not stopping here: learn more about the European Union Science Diplomacy Alliance here.

- 11 March:
Giorgio Marinoni, IAU Manager HE and Internationalisation, participated in the 4th and last Steering Committee meeting of the Study on the Internationalisation of Higher Education in the Euro-Mediterranean region commissioned by UfM, Union for the Mediterranean and conducted by UNIMED, Mediterranean Universities Union. The study has been completed and a preliminary report was presented to the Steering Committee.

- 11 March:
IAU was invited to organize a workshop on how universities engage with Agenda 2030 and the SDGs for the Council of Higher Education Israel. Muneo Kaigo, Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tsukuba University , Japan and Eva Wiberg, Rector, Gothenburg University, Sweden shared their vision and work during the Session. Context – Erasmus + Project

- 10 March:
Giorgio Marinoni, IAU Manager HE and Internationalisation represented IAU at the meeting to present the report on the solidarity project of NGO partners of UNESCO to fight against the pandemic.

- 1 March:
A virtual meeting of the Network of International Education Associations, of which IAU act as coordinator, took place. The meeting discussed mainly internal organisational matters of the network such as the election of NIEA chair for the year 2021 or applications for NIEA membership and agreed to hold the next two official meetings for the year 2021 in a virtual form coinciding with the NAFSA and CAIE conferences in June and October respectively.

- 1 March:
International Working Group Meeting on new international project on the Local Mission of Higher Education


- 26 February:
15th Meeting of the Ubuntu Committee of Peers for the RCEs – for further information:

- 25-26 February:
Trine Jensen coorganised a workshop on digital transformation of higher education for the Falling Walls Digital Education Conference

- 16 February:
Meeting of the Administrative Board of Sulitest. IAU sits on the AB; SULITEST scales up its activities see:

- 5 February:
IAU attended the Council of Europe 4th meeting of the ETINED Platform. The Council of Europe Platform on Ethics, Transparency and Integrity in Education (ETINED) tries to address these challenges through a genuinely European dialogue and by drawing upon the materials and norms developed by the Council of Europe over the years. IAU brings in a global perspective and brings the ETINED outcomes to the attention of the global higher education community.

- 1 February:
IAU and the International Science Council are supporting partners to the UNESCO / University of Bergen Global Independent Expert Group on the Universities and the 2030 Agenda (EGU2030). The Expert group and supporting partners met in February to advance on the development of the Project Report to be submitted at the UNESCO WHEC2021


- 28 January:
The International Steering Committee Meeting to discuss the future work of the Global Cooperation to Advance the Democratic Mission of Higher Education -CoE/IC/OAS/IAU took place in January.

- 27 January:
WUN Webinar on: BUILDING SOCIAL IMPACT AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT: Universities play a crucial role in creating new knowledge and educating the people who can apply this knowledge to benefit the society. This webinar will explore 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 is hosted by University World News and Mastercard Foundation. The panelsist are Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Secretary-General, Lorlene Hoyt, Executive Director, Talloires Network of Engaged Universities and Maha Haidar Makki, Director, MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, American University of Beirut (AUB)
The session is moderated by Brendan O’Malley, Managing Editor, University World News

- 22 January:
IAU sits on the UNU Ubuntu Committee of Peers. The RCEs, Session 2, debating the new Strategic orientation for the RCE community took place in January, online

- 20-22 January:
IAU supported the York Conference “Sustainability on the Go” and contributed to several panels, including in particular: on Sustainable and Inclusive Internationalization. Read the Conference Statement on 2021 Toronto Declaration on the Future of Sustainable and Inclusive Internationalization in Higher Education

- 19 January:
Dr Hilligje van’t Land sits on the High Level Advisory Group for Mission 4.7. A first meeting of the Group took place in January.

- 18 January:
Dr Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Secretary General sits on the new Advisory Board for the redevelopment of U-Mutirank. The 1st Advisory Board Meeting to debate the future of U-Multirank took place

- 14-15 January:
The MRU-AIUB Webinar on Higher Education in the New Normal
Pam Fredman and Hilligje van’t Land respectively opened the event and presented on the challenges and opportunities marking the HE landscape today.

- 12 January:
Giorgio Marinoni, IAU Manager HE and Internationalisation, participated in the 3rd Steering Committee meeting of the Study on the Internationalisation of Higher Education in the Euro-Mediterranean region commissioned by UfM, Union for the Mediterranean and conducted by UNIMED, Mediterranean Universities Union. During the meeting UNIMED updated the Steering Committee on the development of the study.

- 8 January:
Giorgio Marinoni, Manager Internationalization IAU, contributed to the “Forum des Carrières” organized by ISIT PARIS – Institut de Management et de Communication Interculturels


- 1 December: IAU Manager HE and Internationalisation, Giorgio Marinoni contributed to the XIV webinar of the International Fair of Higher Education (FIESA) organised by the Inter-university National Council (CIN) of Argentina on the theme “Times of global change in Higher Education. Effects on Internationalisation processes.” The webinar language is Spanish.

- 2 December: IAU partnered with NUFFIC, DAAD and AAU and prepared the Opening Round Table on “Leave no knowledge behind” during the Africa Know! Conference

- 2-4 December: IAU took an active part in the UNODC E4J Dialogue series 2020 “Reimagining education for a more just world – inspire, change together
IAU coorganised two sessions and took an active part in the in the Opening and closing sessions: “Reaching SDG16 through higher education: Are we ready to educate the future leaders?”

If you want to know more about the E4J Global Dialogue Series, please visit the following webpage, where you can access video recordings and other materials of the various sessions. In addition, please read the webstory about the E4J Dialogue Series. If you would like to keep up to date with the Education for Justice’s activities and materials, please register here.

- 3 December: IAU Manager HE and Internationalisation, Giorgio Marinoni contributed to the 2020 One Belt One Road Education Forum: "Educational Cooperation and Development under the Belt and Road Initiative framework” organised by Beijing Normal University, China in collaboration with Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia. Giorgio Marinoni contributed with the presentation “From talent attraction to talent circulation: the world needs more collaboration and less competition” under session 2 of the forum “Talent Training and International Cooperation in BRI countries”

- 16-18 December: IAU 2020 international Conference of NGOs to UNESCO “Envisioning a better and sustainable future: a new paradigm for civil society”. IAU chaired the Round table on the Role of Higher Education.
The Conference resolution can be accessed online.


- 3 November: IAU participated in the Austrian Higher Education Conference (Hochschultagung 2020) organised by the Austrian Agency for Education and Internationalisation (OeAD). Hilligje van’t Land was the keynote speaker at the conference on the topic “Internationalization of higher education under review: is it time for a new paradigm?”.

- 6 November: IAU Secretary-General Hilligje van’t Land contributed through a video message to the annual conference of the Japan Society for Global System and Ethics (JSGSE). In the video message Secretary-General Hilligje van’t Land reflected on the actual state of higher education in the world and on future society.

- 9 November: IAU participated in the Falling Walls Day as part of the Jury selecting the Breakthroughs of the Year in digital transformation of teaching and learning. Held on the anniversary of the historic fall of the Berlin Wall, the event is organized every year in Berlin by the Falling Walls Foundation, in cooperation with the Centre for Higher Education (CHE), the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) and the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, this year online.

- 18 November: IAU Secretary-General Hilligje van’t Land attended the Wilton Park Dialogue on Putting African Youth at the Centre of COVID-19 Recovery. The event was organised by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Wilton Park Youth Dialogues, in partnership with the African Union.

- 18 - 20 November: IAU took part in the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) annual Conference which was themed ‘Advancing Full Participation’. Ira Harkavy, Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania, Ahmed Bawa, UNISA, and Hilligje van’t Land presented in the session entitled ‘Higher Education’s Mandate in Comparative Context: The Fight for Diverse, Inclusive, Anti-Racist Democracies.’ A follow up project is being developed.

- 19 November: IAU attended the European Higher Education Area Ministerial Conference (EHEA 2020) that took place online yet out of Rome this year and applauds the adoption of: EHEA 2020 Ministerial Communiqué ; Annex I - Statement on Academic Freedom; Annex II - Principles and Guidelines to Strengthen the Social Dimension of Higher Education in the EHEA; Annex III - Recommendations to National Authorities for the Enhancement of Higher Education Learning and Teaching in the EHEA. All documents can be accessed here

- 26 November: IAU participated in the UNESCO IIEP Strategic Debate: Resilience of Higher Education. The webinar participants – Francisco Marmolejo, N.V. Varghese, Hilligje van’t Land, and facilitated by Michaela Martin – discussed the disruption of higher education caused by COVID-19 and how some systems and institutions have adapted and responded.
To learn more about the debate outcomes, please read the following paper on “COVID-19 tests the resilience of higher education”, by Michaela Martin and Uliana Furiv, published in University World News (UWN) on 12 December 2020

- 30 November: IAU Manager HE and Internationalisation, Giorgio Marinoni participated in the 1st Steering Committee meeting of the 2021 edition of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) Survey. The ESNsurvey is a Europe-wide research project covering different topics concerning mobility and education. It is the largest project of its kind carried out solely by volunteers. Every year since the establishment of the project in 2005, the ESNsurvey team develops an online questionnaire and disseminates it among students at European Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to collect information about students’ experiences from their exchange period abroad.


- 2 October: Hilligje van’t Land participated in the Steering Committee for Education Policy and Practice (CDPPE) meeting

- 6 October: Trine Jensen and Hilligje van’t Land took part in the Falling Walls, Digital Education Jury Board session

- 7 October: Isabel Toman and Hilligje van’t Land took part in UNODC E4J grants for young scholar

- 9 October: As part of the expert group for the research project “The Lifelong Learning Provision by Institutes of Higher Learning” coordinated by the Institute for Adult Learning Singapore (IAL), IAU Secretary General, Hilligje van’t Land and Project Officer, Lianne Guerra Rondón participated in a virtual meeting on 9 October to provide feedback on a proposal for indicators to measure lifelong learning.

- 13 October: Trine Jensen chaired the 2020 UNESCO Mobile Learning Week’s break-out session on ’Resources for Distance Learning in Higher Education’.

- 15 October: Hilligje van’t Land attended CoE/IC/OAS/IAU steering committee meeting

- 16 October: Hilligje van’t Land spoke at the ProSPER.Net Webinar on Sustainability UNU-IAS Virtual Event

- 19 October: Giorgio Marinoni took part in the panel discussion on ’The Impact of Covid-19 on Internationalization in Higher Education’ hosted by CLICKS. The session can be watched here.

- 20 October: IAU Secretary General Hilligje van’t Land participated in the 2020 GEM Theme 1: Protect domestic and international financing of education

- 21 October: The Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General of IAU met with the the Egyptian UNESCO Delegation to discuss potential parternships

- 22 October: IAU represented by Hilligje van’t Land attended the UNESCO Extraordinary GEM Meeting High Level Segment

- 29 October: IAU Secretary General Hilligje van’t Land participated in the Council of Europe Conference of Ministers of Education held under the Greek Chairmanship. Themes discussed were the education response to COVID-19; and utilising education to promote awareness of cultural heritage at risk from climate change in a culture of democracy.

- 29 October: IAU Deputy Secretary-General Andreas Corcoran participated in the ENIC-NARIC meeting entitled DigiRec : Connecting digital student data and credential evaluation.

- 29 October: IAU Manager HE and Internationalisation, Giorgio Marinoniparticipated in the 2nd Steering Committee meeting on “Internationalisation of Higher Education in the Mediterranean”, organised by the Union for the Mediterranean in the framework of a service contract performed by UNIMED - Mediterranean Universities Union.

- 30 October: IAU Secretary-General Hilligje van’t Land contributed to the launch meeting of the Observatory for Higher Education Transformations OHET, organised by Higher School of Economics in Moscow. The OHET gathers education research institutes of international universities. Based on the principles of equality and reciprocity, mutual understanding, respect and trust, OHET will promote broader international cooperation and carry out high-quality research in response to multiple political, social, economic and technological challenges worldwide.. IAU is invited as the only global association of universities to be part of it.


- 1 September: Hilligje van’t Land took part in the COVID-19 roundtable during the virtual Higher Education Summit 2020

- 1 September: The IAU, represented by Hilligje van’t Land took part in the Global Education Coalition Emergency Meeting for Lebanon

- 3 September: Hilligje van’t Land spoke at the CGHE 2020 Annual Conference Webinar Panel: Higher Education And Sustainability

- 4 September: IAU Secretary General Hilligje van’t Land participated in the conference on Modern Universities - Adaptability as a Competitive Advantage

- 9 September: Giorgio Marinoni took part in the online International Forum & Expo for Academic Collaboration hosted by the University of Guanajuato. The session can be watched here.

- 18 September: IAU Secretary General who sits on the UNESCO Futures of Education Advisory Board took part in a joint meeting with the UNESCO International Commission to this initiative.

- 18 September: Hilligje van’t Land participated in the UNESCO Futures of Education Advisory Board

- Since July 2020, the IAU Secretary General, Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Deputy Secretary General Andreas Corcoran and IAU Manager, HE & Internationalization Giorgio Marinoni have met with several UNESCO delegations to discuss opportunities for collaboration with the Association and to foster the advancement of the higher education sector in various countries: Uganda, Turkey, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Hungary, Kuwait, The Netherlands, Mexico, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Portugal, Mozambique, Egypt.


- 12 August: Pam Fredman spoke at the virtual International Conference on Phytochemistry, Textile & Renewable Energy for Sustainable Development

- 20-27 August: Giorgio Marinoni and Hilligje van’t Land took part in LACHEC 2020 online conference

JULY 2020

- 3 July: Hilligje van’t Land took part in All Africa Students Union’s COVID-19 Global Assessment webinar.

- 7 July: Hilligje van’t Land spoke at the workshop on ’Developing transformational partnerships to catalyze SDGs implementation’ co-organized by UNODC.

- 8 July: IAU co-organized the HESI workshop ’Where Next? Reimagining Further Education for the Future’ and Hilligje van’t Landmoderated the panel discussion.

- 8 July: International Green Gown Awards Ceremony 2020-Hilligje van’t Land presented the winner for ‘Sustainability Institution of the year’

- 13 July: IAU co-organized the workshop ’Teaching, Learning and Integrating the SDGs at universities and beyond - Linking to the Decade of Action’ and Hilligje van’t Landmoderated the panel discussion.

- 15 July: Hilligje van’t Land took part in the HESI Rountable on how ’Higher Education can come together to redesign the future of further and higher education’

- 29 July: Pam Fredman took part in the 8th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) - Europe and Central Asia.

JUNE 2020

- 2 June: Hilligje van’t Land took part in the discussion about internationalization at universities, organized by RENEPA.

- 5 June: Hilligje van’t Land spoke at the MINES ParisTech – PSL and British Council webinar entitled ‘Reaching the Sustainable Development Goals: Universities and Students Looking for Solutions”.

- 11 June: Giorgio Marinoni participated in the Symbiosis International University, India webinar ‘Conversations for Communities - The Way Forward’.

- 11-12 June 26: Meeting CDPPE Steering Committee for Education Policy and Practice – IAU is an observer to the CDPPE. The CDPPE discussed the education policies and practices throughout Europe in the context of COVID-19. Sharing of policies and practices allowed to develop the first draft of a joint statement for policy and action to be adopted in the fall.

- 15 June: Andreas Corcoran took part in the ENIC NARIC annual meeting and presented IAU’s work related to WHED and the WHED-ID.

- 18 June: Online Meeting with leadership Magna Charta Observatory on launch of Magna Charta Universitatum 2020

- 24 June: International meeting of the Advisory Board to the Futures of Education Initiative under the presidency of HE Sahle-Work Zwede, President of Ethiopia and the leadership of S. Giannini, ADG/ED UNESCO. IAU is one of the Members of the Advisory Board. The Board validated the document “Nine Ideas for Public Action – Education, learning and knowledge in a post-Covid world”, developed by the International Commission on the Futures of Education

- 25 June: AUF (Bureau de l’Europe de l’Ouest) – Réunion sur le développement d’un document cadre sur la diplomatie académique francophone (en ligne)

- 25 – 27 June: ACUNS (Academic Council on the United Nations System) Annual Meeting on the Future of partnership and multilateralism - online this year. IAU was invited to speak during the Second Plenary session on Global Partnerships in an International World: Towards Innovative Co-operation.

MAY 2020

- 4 May: Pam Fredman was one of the speakers the webinar and online launch of the report ‘New Schools of Thought: Innovative Models for Delivering Higher Education’ by the Qatar Foundation and the Economist Intelligence Unit.

- 11 May: IAU took part in the judging panel for the Green Gown Awards. Developed under the leadership of EAUC, this Award is co organised with IAU, ACU and AUF. The Awards will be announced virtually during the UN High Level Political Forum in New York, in July 2020.

- 15 May: The IAU Secretary General was convened to an online meeting with the Ministry of higher Education of Turkmenistan, 10 Rectors from Turkmenistan Universities and representatives from the Embassy of Turkmenistan to France to debate future cooperation and the development of HE in Turkmenistan. For more information on the HE system and the HEIs in Turkmenistan, please use the IAU WHED (

- 20 May: The IAU Member University the University of Catalonia organised a Webinar on the Role of higher education to address the Sustainable Development Goal 3 – Health and Well being

- 22 May: Pam Fredman made a presentation at the Open Up Education event ‘E-learning and open educational resources’.

- 28 May:Hilligje van’t Land and Giorgio Marinoni participated in the ASEM (Asia Europe Meeting) meeting to debate future of ASEM work.

- 28 May: IAU took part in the CGHE (Centre for Global Higher Education) webinar panel ‘Does Covid-19 mean the end of international education as we know it?’

APRIL 2020

- 3 April: IAU attended the EAIE (European Association for International Education) online meeting ‘Placing care at the centre of COVID-19 responses’.

- 6 April: IAU attended the Council of Europe Global Forum meeting, online.

- 16 April: IAU took part in a CHEA/CIQG Webinar ‘Sustaining and Enhancing Institutional Autonomy: The Role of Quality Assurance’.

- 20 April: Trine Jensen attended the UNESCO Expert Meeting for the development of an instrument on ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to shape the first UNESCO Global Recommendation on AI.

- 20 April: IAU took part in the Administrative Board Meeting of Sulitest (online meeting).

- 24 - 27 April: Hilligje van’t Land represented the IAU on the Council of Europe Steering Committee for Education Policy and Practice (CDPPE) meeting (online). In particular the meeting discussed the impact of COVID-19 on European education sector, including higher education and discussed the draft CDPPE position paper

MARCH 2020

- 4 – 6 March: Hilligje van’t Land participated in the GUNi ‘International Conference on Sustainable Development Goals: Higher Education & Science Take Action’, in Barcelona, Spain.

- 9 – 10 March: Hilligje van’t Land participated in the Council of Europe Expert Group on the local mission of higher education in Strasbourg, France.

- 12 March: Hilligje van’t Land participated in the first virtual meeting of the UNESCO Advisory Board of the Futures of Education Initiative, as Member of the Advisory Board.


- 3 February: Hilligje van’t Land attended the 11th European Innovation Summit at the European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium, where she presented the outcomes of the IAU Survey Report on "Higher Education in the Digital Era: The current state of transformation around the world"

- 4 – 5 February: Hilligje van’t Land and Lianne Guerra participated in in the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) expert meeting to discuss the role of universities in promoting lifelong learning and to launch IAU’s joint project with the UIL on this topic.

-  6 – 8 February: Giorgio Marinoni participated in the Conference at RUDN – People’s Friendship University entitled ‘Living values of the university in globalizing world in Moscow, Russian Federation.

- 6 – 7 February: Hilligje van’t Land participated in the 2020 SDG Conference at the University of Bergen, Norway and chaired the session on research for SD.

- 10-14 February: the IAU President, Pam Fredman was invited to attend the 12th International Conference of Higher Education - Universities 2020 in Havana, Cuba organised by the Ministry of Higher Education together with universities in Cuba.

- 13-14 February: Hilligje van’t Land took part in the Council of Europe Directorate of Education Expert Group Meeting on CDC (Competences for Democratic Culture) guidance document for higher education in Paris, France. A document now finalised and available on the Council of Europe website


- 16 January: Hilligje van’t Land and Giorgio Marinoni presented the outcomes of the IAU 5th Global Survey on Internationalization of Higher Education at the CPU, the French Rectors Conference.

- 24 January: Hilligje van’t Land – attended the UNODC - the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, in Vienna, Austria Conference to mark the International Education Day. She presented on higher education and research for sustainable development, with special focus on SDG4 and 16.

- 27-29 January: Hilligje van’t Land attended the Association of Commonwealth Universities international partnership meeting in Wilton Park, UK to exchange on how higher education is contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

- 29-30 January: Giorgio Marinoni participated in the ARES meeting in Brussels, Belgium.

- 29–31 January: the IAU President, Pam Fredman was invited to take part in the Future of Higher Education – Bologna Process Researchers’ Conference in Bucharest, Romania.


- 9 December: Pam Fredman, Nobel Week Dialogue - Into the unknown: Uncertainty, risk and opportunity - Gothenburg, Sweden


- 27-28 November: Giorgio Marinoni and Eva Egron-Polak, 1st ISAS visit (Internationalization Strategy Advisory Service) to the University of Bologna, Italy

- 26 November: Hilligje van’t Land, Meeting of Ministers of Education of the States Parties to the European Cultural Convention, organised under the French Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on the theme “Citizenship education in the digital era”, Paris, France

- 21-22 November: Hilligje van’t Land and Andreas Corcoran, 10th Donor Harmonization Group Forum 2019, London, UK

- 12-13 & 13-15 November: IAU 2019 Global Meeting of Associations and IAU 2019 International Conference, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Puebla, Mexico


- 16–17 October: Pam Fredman, Marta Losada, Roberto Escalante and Eva Egron-Polak, MCO 2019 Conference and Ceremony - University Freedoms and Responsibilities: Responding to the Challenges of the Future, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada

- 7-9 October: Hilligje van’t Land, E4J High Level Conference - Educating for the Rule of Law, Vienna, Austria

- 2-4 October: Pornchai Mongkhonvanit and Hilligje van’t Land, Tsukuba Conference 2019 - How do science, technology and innovation contribute to achieving Society 5.0 and SDGs?, Tsukuba, Japan


- 24–27 September: Hilligje van’t Land and Giorgio Marinoni, 31st Annual EAIE Conference, Helsinki, Finland

- 10-11 September: Hilligje van’t Land, EIT Digital Conference and Partner Event - ’For a Strong Digital Europe’, Brussels, Belgium

- 11 September: Giorgio Marinoni, Les Midis de l’ARES - Internationalisation de l’enseignement supérieur : bilan, perspectives et défis au niveau mondial, européen et de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Bruxelles, Belgique


- 21-23 August: Giorgio Marinoni, IEASA 2019 Conference, Internationalisation of Higher Education in the Context of the 4th Industrial Revolution: Innovation, Diversity, Inequality and Inclusivity, Cape Town, South Africa

JULY 2019

- 9-12 July: Hilligje van’t Land, United Nations High-Level Political Forum, New York, USA

- 2-3 July: Hilligje van’t Land, UNESCO 2019 Forum on Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship, Ha Noi, Viet Nam

JUNE 2019

- 21 June: Giorgio Marinoni, Developing networks and alliances – The European sector perspective, a Dialogue on Enhancing international competitiveness of universities - a European perspective, co-organized by the British Council and Université PSL, Collège de France, Paris, France

- 5-7 June: Pam Fredman, Global University Leaders Council Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

MAY 2019

- 11-15 May: Hilligje van’t Land and Giorgio Marinoni, 7th ASEF Rectors’ Conference and Students’ Forum (ARC7), Bucharest, Romania

- 27-28-29 May: Hilligje van’t Land, 3ème conférence internationale de la Chaire UNESCO Education, Formation et Recherche en Développement Durable - L’éducation au Développement Durable, levier de transition pour nos sociétés, Bordeaux, France

- 26-31 May: Giorgio Marinoni, NAFSA 2019 Annual Conference & Expo, "Global Leadership, Learning, and Change., Washington, D.C., USA

APRIL 2019

- 13-17 April: Hilligje van’t Land, FAUBAI 2019 Conference, Belem, Brazil

- 11-12 April: Hilligje van’t Land, 2019 EUA Annual Conference, Paris, France

MARCH 2019

- 30 March: Pam Fredman, Rethinking Higher Education: Inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

- 26-27 March: Hilligje van’t Land, the Meeting of the Expert Group for Council of Europe’s Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

- 18-22 March: Hilligje van’t Land, the Second Intergovernmental Meeting on the Global Convention on the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications, UNESCO headquarters, Paris, France

- 11-12 March: Hilligje van’t Land, the 6th SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee meeting, UNESCO headquarters, Paris, France


- 11-12 February: Hilligje van’t Land at the Helsinki University to advise on its institutional strategy, Helsinki, Finland
- 7-8 February: Pam Fredman, SDG Conference Bergen, Re: thinking, Re: wording, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway


- 14-16 January: Hilligje van’t Land at the THE Emerging Economies Summit, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar


- 18 December: Amanda Sudic, ‘Matinée’ Education Sector of Association des Professionnels de l’Information et de la Documentation (ADBS) at the UNESCO International Institute for Education Planning (IIEP) , Paris, France

- 17-19 December: Hilligje van’t Land and the Secretariat staff at the International Conference of NGOs, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

- 13-14 December:Hilligje van’t Land, the UNESCO International Institute for Education Planning (IIEP) to discuss its new international research project on “SDG4: Planning for flexible learning pathways in higher education” in Paris, France

- 5-7 December:Hilligje van’t Land and Carine Sébast, the Global Convention on the Recognition of
Higher Education Qualifications, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

- 3-5 December:Hilligje van’t Land, the UNESCO Global Education Meeting (GEM 2018), in Brussels, Belgium


- 28-29 November:Hilligje van’t Land, the Swiss Agency of Accrediation and Quality Assurance (AAQ) Institutional Accreditation Day 2018, Bern, Switzerland

- 29-31 October: Hilligje van’t Land, the Hearing on Competences for Democratic Culture and Higher Education (CDC-HE), Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France

- 25 October: Hilligje van’t Land, the Convocation of the 10th meeting of the Steering Committee for Education Policy and Practice (CDPPE), Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France

- 24 October:Hilligje van’t Land, the Europe and North America 2030 Education Consultation jointly convened by UNESCO in close cooperation with the Council of Europe (CoE) and the European Commission, at the CoE, in Strasbourg, France.

- 15 October: Giorgio Marinoni, Le Programme national d’aide à l’Accueil en Urgence des Scientifiques en Exil (PAUSE), PAUSE Network Day, College de France, Paris, France

- 5 October:Hilligje van’t Land, U-Multirank Advisory Board Meeting


- 26-27 September: Hilligje van’t Land at the Western Balkans Regional Meeting on Ethics and Integrity in Higher Education in Skopje, Macedonia. The meeting was organised within the framework of the joint European Union and Council of Europe action “Strengthen integrity and combat corruption in higher education”.

- 17-19 September: Pam Fredman and Eva Egron-Polak at the 30th Anniversary of the Magna Charta Universitatum - University values in a changing world in Salamanca, Spain

- 11-14 September: Giorgio Marinoni and Hilligje van’t Land, EAIE 2018 conference, Geneva


- 28 August -2 September: Giorgio Marinoni, 70th anniversary of Tabriz University, Iran
JULY 2018

- 8-10 July: Hilligje van’t Land, Jordan Academic Society, Amman

JUNE 2018

- 27 June: Hilligje van’t Land Symposium "Professions within Higher Education, contributers to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)", Paris, France
Event website

25 June: Hilligje van’t Land Sustainability Curriculum Consortium Faculty Conference 2018, Pittsburgh, USA (IAU remote)
Event website

- 20-21 June: Amanda Sudic, UNESCO-IFAP 10th session of the Intergovernmental Council, Paris, France
Event website

- 18-19 June: Carine Sébast ENIC Naric Network Meeting, Prague, Czech Republic

- 11-13 June: Pornchai Mongkhonvanit ISCN Conference "Sustainable Development, acting with purpose", Stockholm, Sweden
Event website

- 7 June: Pam Fredman spoke at the Conference on “Higher Education in a Challenging World” organised by the Romanian National Council of Rectors (CNR), the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA), in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF).

- June: Prof Abdulganjyu Ambali, Vice Chancellor, Ilorin University Nigeria and IAU Vice President, represented the IAU at the African Association of Universities (AAU) Board meeting.

MAY 2018

- 25-25 May: Hilligje van’t Land, EHEA Ministerial Conference, Paris, France
Event website

- 23 May: Hilligje van’t Land, Observatory Magna Charta (MCO) Seminar, Paris
Event website: Integrity: a Cornerstone Value for Higher Education and Research

- 21-22 May: Pam Fredman, IV Universia International Rectors’ Meeting, Salamanca, Spain

APRIL 2018

- 25-27 April: Hilligje van’t Land, UNESCO Global Action Programme on ESD, Costa Rica

- 12-13 April: Hilligje van’t Land, 2018 Annual Groningen Declaration Network (GDN) Meeting, Paris, France
Event website

- 5-6 April: Hilligje van’t Land, EUA 2018 Annual Conference: Engaged and responsible universities shaping Europe
Event website

MARCH 2018

- 14-15 March : Hilligje van’t Land, International Cooperation in Education Conference 2018, Bodø, Norway
Event website

- 9 March : Hilligje van’t Land, U-Multirank Meeting


- 19 February : Hilligje van’t Land, Council of Europe Meeting on Higher Education and Democracy, Strasbourg, France

- 15 February : Hilligje van’t Land, UNESCO Regional Consultation Meeting for Western Europe bon Quality Assurance in Higher Education, Geneva, Switzerland
Event website

- 8-9 February: Hilligje van’t Land, SDG conference on Knowledge for Our Common Future, Bergen, Norway
Event website


- 31 January - 1st February: Hilligje van’t Land, CHEA 2018 Annual Conference & CIQG 2018 Annual Meeting: A Global Quality Forum, Washington DC, USA
Event website

- 25 January : Hilligje van’t Land, MIDIS / développement durable - Agenda 2030 : quel rôle pour les établissements d’enseignement supérieur ?
Event website


- 5 - 8 dec: Hilligje van’t Land, First RCE Conference : Towards Achieving the SDGs, Okayama, Japan
Event website


- 27 - 29 nov: Hilligje van’t Land, Bologna Process Researchers’ Conference, Bucharest, Roumania
Event website

- 16 - 17 nov: Pam Fredman, Netter Center 25th Anniversary Conference, Philadelphia, USA
Event website

- 13 - 14 nov: Hilligje van’t Land, Extraordinary Meeting of the Lisbon Recognition Convention Committee, Strasbourg, France

- 8 - 10 nov: Hilligje van’t Land, Donor Harmonisation Group, Stockholm, Sweden


- 25 - 28 oct: Hilligje van’t Land, 8th Prague Forum, Prague, Czech Republic
Event website


- 18 - 19 sept: Hilligje van’t Land, GUNI International Conference on Sustainable Development Goals: Actors and Implementation, Barcelona, Spain
Event website

- 12 - 15 sept: Hilligje van’t Land and Giorgio Marinoni, EAIE 2017 Conference, Seville, Spain
Event website

- 30 août - 2 sept: Eva Egron-Polak, IAU former Secretary General and IAU Senior Fellow, Magna Carta Observatory Conference XXIX Anniversary, Pécs, Hungary
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