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IAU turns 70!

Created in 1950 at the initiative of UNESCO and higher education leaders around the world, IAU launched a year of celebrations to mark its 70th anniversary on 9 December 2020. To commemorate the occasion, we are delighted to present a yearlong series of festivities kicked off with a Celebratory Webinar, as well as these wonderful video contributions on international higher education cooperation shared by IAU Members, partners, and friends. More videos are being prepared along the way, which will be shared as they come all through this year. If you would like to submit a video, please contact Isabel Toman at [email protected].

We also invite you to read the special issue of IAU Horizons, offering a glimpse into these past seven decades of IAU, recalling salient moments since its inception, and looking into the future of HE and society.

Happy Anniversary to IAU and the global higher education community! We look forward to celebrating this milestone with you throughout the year.

Watch the recording of the Special Celebratory Webinar.


Messages from IAU President and Secretary General
Pam Fredman
President of the International Association of Universities since 2016

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Hilligje van’t Land
IAU Secretary General

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See also Aiming Higher and the IAU series on higher education, produced by BBC StoryWorks


Messages from UNESCO
Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education

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David Atchoarena, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, Director

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Messages from IAU Administrative Board
Maria de Fátima Marinho
Former Vice-Rector for Cooperation and Culture, University of Porto, Portugal
Pornchai Mongkhonvanit
President, Siam University, Thailand
Daniel Hernandez Ruiperez
Former Rector, University of Salamanca, Spain
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Prof. Dr. Mosleh M.S. Duhoky
University of Duhok, Kurdistan Region, Iraq
Prof. Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, Rector
International ‎Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Malaysia
Former IAU President
Carmen Lamagna, Vice-Chancellor, Students and Staff
American International University-Bangladesh
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Dr. Mahmoud Nili Ahmadabdi
IAU Board Member and President, University of Tehran, Iran
Remus Pricopie
Rector, National University of Political and Administrative Studies, Romania
Inga Žalėnienė
Rector, Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania
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Andrew Deeks
President, University College Dublin, Ireland


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Messages from IAU members, partners and friends
Prof. Atsushi Yokota,
Executive Vice President for International Affairs,Hokkaido University, Japan
Sjur Bergan,
Head of the Council of Europe’s Education Department
Prof. Oldřich Starý,
Vice-rector for International Relations, and Team Czech Technical University, Prague, Czech Republic
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Eva Egron-Polak,
Former IAU Secretary General
Marco Teixeira and Bianca Kopp,
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Graham Carr,
President and Vice-Chancellor, Concordia University, Canada
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Mr. Marilen Pirtea,
Rector, University of Timisoara, Romania
Fr. (Dr.) Stephen Mavely,
Vice Chancellor, Assam Don Bosco University, India
Torunn Gjelsvik,
Secretary General, International Council for Open and Distance Education
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Muneo Kaigo,
Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan
Sijbolt Noorda,
Professor, President, Magna Charta Observatory
Vinitha Gengatharan,
Executive Director of York International
Prof. Charles Hopkins & Katrin Kohl,
UNESCO Chair and Executive Chair Coordinator, York University, Canada
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Francesco Ubertini,
Rector of the University of Bologna, Italy
Prof. Álvaro Barbosa,
Vice-Rector for Internationalisation and Strategic Development, University of Saint Joseph (Macao), China
Dr. Wali Mahmood Hamad,
President of Koya University (KOU), Iraq
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Prof. Ricardo Rivero Ortega,
Rector of the University of Salamanca, Spain
Dr. Md. Sabur Khan,
Founder & Chairman Daffodil International University, Bangladesh
Prof. Dr. Alexander Gorbunov,
Rector of Pyatigorsk State University, Russia
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Prof. Dr. Amr Galal El-Adawi,
President, Beirut Arab University, Lebanon
Prof. Nikolaos G. Papaioannou,
Rector of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Prof. Dr. A.K.Mahapatra,
Vice Chancellor, Siksha ’O’ Anusandhan, Deemed to be University, India
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Prof. Katerina Viktorovna Astakhovа,
Rector of Kharkov University of Humanities “People’s Ukrainian Academy”, Ukraine
Prof. Dr. Marcelo Knobel,
Rector of the University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil
Dr. David Julien, Executive Director,
Inter-American Organization for Higher Education (OUI-IOHE)
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Prof. Waleed Abulfaraj,
Rector of AlMaarefa University, Saudi Arabia
Jenneke Lokhoffj,
President ENIC-NARIC Networks/Senior Policy Officer at Nuffic, Netherlands
Gohar Hovhannisyanj,
President of the European Students Union (ESU)
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Team at DUZ,
Medienhaus, Academic Publisher, Germany
Prof. Jon Atli Benediktsson,
Rector of the University of Iceland
AURORA Network
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Prof. Tamym Abdessemed,
Dean and CEO of ISIT Paris, France
Orla Quinlan,
Director of Internationalisation, Rhodes University, South Africa and President of the International Education Association of South Africa, IEASA
Major General Milinda Peiris,
Vice Chancellor and deputy VCs of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU), Sri Lanka
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Adel El Zaïm,
President, Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA)
Dr. Esther D. Brimmer,
Executive Director and CEO NAFSA: Association of International Educators
Prof. Taher Mansour,
Rector, Shatt Al-Arab University College, Basra, Iraq
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Prof. Irène Rabenoro,,
University of Antananarivo, Madagascar Former Acting Chief of the Higher Education Section UNESCO
Dr. Modesto Seara Vázquez,,
Rector of the Oaxaca State University System, Mexico
Prof. Rocky S. Tuan,,
Vice-Chancellor / President The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
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Dr. Pastora Martínez Samper, Vicepresident Globalisation and Cooperation
Dr. Albert Barbera, Director eHealth Center
Nadja Gmelch, Director Open Knowledge Projects
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Open University of Catalonia
Prof. Dr. Martin Hellström,
Vice-Chancellor, University West in Trollhättan, Sweden
Peter Aronsson,
Vice-Chancellor Linnaeus University, Sweden
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Astrid Söderbergh Widding, Ph.D.
President of The Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions (SUHF) and Vice-Chancellor, Stockholm University
Prof. Ewa Wiberg,
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Mauro Mantovani,
President of the Conference of Rectors of Roman Pontifical Universities and Institutions (CRUIPRO),
Rector of the Salesian Pontifical University,
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Père Michel Jalakh,
Rector of Université Antonine, Lebanon
Dr. Shawn Chen,
Chairman and Founder of Sias University, China

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