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  • IAU and SOS-UK

    SOS-UK is a charity set up by the National Union of Students in 2019 in response to the climate emergency and ecological crisis. It supports students to learn, act and lead for sustainability and works across the UK to green campuses, curricula and communities. IAU and SOS signed an MOU to jointly advance Sustainable Development at student level. They jointly plan on piloting a “Responsible Futures project”, to foster a whole-institution approach to embedding social responsibility and sustainability across the curriculum (plan for 2021, tbc).

  • IAU and Irish Aid

    Irish Aid - Department of Foreign Affairs is a partner of the IAU at the IAU 16th General Conference in Dublin. Within the context of Ireland’s new policy framework A Better World: Ireland’s Policy for International Development, Irish Aid and IAU are jointly organising a special outbreak session on the role and influence of higher education on policy-making in the field of development. In addition, Irish Aid has kindly agreed to sponsor university leaders from low-income countries to participate in the IAU 16th General Conference

  • IAU and Scholars at Risk

    IAU partners with Scholars at Risk, an international network protecting academic freedom. IAU supports the network and their actions and in June 2020 were pleased to welcome Scholars at Risk as a panelist at the IAU webinar, in partnership with the Council for Higher Education Accreditation/CIGQ, on The Future of Value-Based Higher Education and Quality Assurance - The Future of Academic Freedom.

  • IAU and CIMEA

    CIMEA is the official Italian centre within the NARIC – National Academic Recognition Information Centres – network of the European Union and the ENIC – European National Information Centres – network of the European Council and of UNESCO. IAU and CIMEA share a strong interest in the current and future development of higher education qualifications’ recognition and academic and professional mobility.

    To this end, IAU and CIMEA are embarking on a project involving integration of the IAU Global WHED IDs and other WHED data in CIMEA’s new “diplome” application. This enables the user to store their certificates in a secure wallet through the use of block chain technology. This collaboration represents the first use of blockchain technology in the field of qualification recognition.

  • IAU and BBC

    IAU partnered with the BBC in the production of Aiming Higher, a series of films demonstrating the impact of higher education on the development of sustainable and democratic societies; shaping minds, promoting diversity, ethical leadership and social responsibility. Produced by BBC StoryWorks, Aiming Higher presents the stories of 34 IAU Members from all around the world and how they instill core values in young people and society more generally, in order to foster prosperity, innovation and equity. This ambitious project was launched at the IAU 2019 International Conference in Puebla, Mexico.

  • IAU and Falling Walls Foundation

    The Falling Walls Foundation is a charity organization founded in 2010 in Berlin. It serves as a unique international platform for pioneers in academia, industry, politics, the arts, and civil society. The Falling Walls Foundation promotes groundbreaking ideas across borders and disciplines – and brings together pioneers and innovators form all over the world. In commemoration of the peaceful fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, it focuses on the question: Which are the next walls to fall? The World Science Summit with the Falling Walls Conference and the Berlin Science Week are organised by the Falling Walls Foundation every year.

    IAU supports this initiative and sits on the Jury of the “Digital Education” category of Falling Walls call for breakthrough initiatives.

    - Falling Walls and Berlin Science Week.
    - The World Science Summit online. Registration is free
    - The Falling Walls Foundation:

  • IAU and ACU

    ACU – Association of Commonwealth Universities

    The ACU is an international organisation dedicated to building a better world through higher education. International collaboration is central to this ambition: by bringing universities together from around the world – and crucially the people who study and work within them – the ACU helps to advance knowledge, promote understanding, broaden minds, and improve lives. The ACU champions higher education as a cornerstone of stronger societies, supporting its members, partners, and stakeholders as they adapt to a changing world.

    IAU, ACU and AUF have signed a Memorandum of Understand in particular to jointly work on Higher Education for Sustainable Development and advocate for HESD at the UN HLPF among other projects.

    For more information on ACU:


    SULITEST is to develop Sustainability Literacy worldwide and empower engaged and committed global citizen to make informed and responsible decisions, and collectively build a sustainable future. It is to expand sustainable knowledge, skills, and mindset that motivates individuals to become deeply committed to build a sustainable future and to make informed and effective decisions. SULITEST provides citizens and organizations with internationally recognized and locally relevant tools to engage learning and access the degree of awareness on sustainability challenges and solutions of their stakeholders. SULITEST collects meaningful indicators on the awareness on sustainability challenges and solutions. Sharing these indicators may allow researchers, educators and other relevant stakeholders to tailor pedagogical approaches and learning experiments to support education for sustainable development.

    Since the creation of SULITEST, IAU has played a supportive role, including regular reviews of the test and new modules, promotion of the tool in networks, and support the development of the project as IAU is part of the SULITEST Administrative Board.


  • IAU and Energy Observer

    Energy Observer was created in 2013 as an organisation that explores and develops solutions that prove that another future for energy is possible, which is more respectful of the planet and those who live here.

    IAU has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Energy Observer Solutions for a partnership regarding recording universities’ actions relating to sustainable development to be shared on the future Energy Observer Solutions Platform

    Energy Observer:

  • IAU and ONEHE

    OneHE was formed in 2018 as an organisation with a commitment to social impact in higher education. It is focused on better teaching in higher education. IAU is a member to OneHE’s global Advisory Group.

    - OneHE:
    - OneHE’s global Advisory Group

  • IAU and ASEF

    Asia-Europe Foundation ASEF

    ASEF is an intergovernmental not-for-profit organisation that connects people and civil societies of 51 Asian and European countries and 2 regional organisations to jointly create a sustainable future in all 3 dimensions of sustainability – economic, social and environmental. IAU is a partner with ASEF in the biennial ASEF Rectors’ Conferences and Students’ Forum.

    - ASEF:
    - ASEF Rectors’ Conferences:

  • IAU and NUFFIC

    NUFFIC is the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education. NUFFIC is an Affiliate Member of the IAU. NUFFIC DAAD AAU and IAU will cohost a high level panel debate at the Africa Knows Conference (December 2020 to February 2021)
    Together they also sit on the Donor Harmonisation Group.

    - Nuffic :
    - Africa Knows Conference
    - Donor Harmonisation Group:

  • IAU and NUS

    National Union of Students

    The National Union of Students is the UK body representing the interests of students in the UK. It is a confederation of 600 students’ unions in the UK. IAU and NUS signed an MoU to advance SD at student level.


  • IAU and EUA

    European University Association

    The European University Association (EUA) is an association comprised of European universities, national associations and higher education organisations.

    EUA is a Member organisation of IAU. EUA recently contributed to the IAU report on Regional and National Perspectives on the Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education.

    - EUA:
    - Report Regional and National Perspectives on the Impact of COVID-19

  • IAU and British Council

    The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. In addition to providing language education, research, and policy positions, it works with higher education institutions and organisations in the UK and internationally and supports international exchange and mobility.

    The British Council was a partner with IAU for IAU’s 4th Global Survey on Internationalization. IAU also has a partnership with the British Council’s annual Going Global conference. IAU presented at the 2020 British Council Going Global sessions on Universities Reaching the Sustainable Development Goals and on internationalization.

    - British Council:
    - 2020 Going global SDG session:
    - 2020 Going global internationalization session

  • IAU and Palgrave Macmillan

    Palgrave Macmillan is an international publisher of a wide range of books and journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

    It is publisher of IAU’s quarterly journal ‘Higher Education Policy’ and of IAU’s flagship publication the International Handbook of Universities.

    - Palgrave Macmillan:
    - HEP:
    - International Handbook of Universities:

  • IAU and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

    The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, SIDA, is a government agency working on behalf of the Swedish parliament and government, with the mission to reduce poverty in the world.

    IAU partnered with SIDA from 2002 to 2014, receiving support in its work in particular with higher education institutions in developing countries. SIDA supported IAU in a wide range of activities and publications, including, among others, the Guide to Higher Education in Africa, the LEADHER program for leadership development, the IDEA-PhD project on Innovative Approaches to Doctoral Education in Africa, and the HEEFA – Higher Education and Research working for Education for All – project.


  • IAU and UVED

    UVED Université Virtuelle Environnement & Développement Durable

    UVED, the Digital University for environment and sustainable development, is supported by the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. It aims to coordinate, finance, and promote educational resources and digital training. It coordinates the production of a number of MOOCs in the field of sustainable development. UVED is a Member of IAU. The IAU Secretary-General is a Member of the UVED Administrative Board.



    U-Multirank is a multidimensional, user-driven approach to international ranking of higher education institutions. It enables comparisons at the level of the university as a whole and at the level of specific study programmes. is developed and implemented on the initiative of the European Commission by an independent consortium led by the Centre for Higher Education (CHE) in Germany. IAU sits on the U-Multirank Advisory Board.

    - U-Multirank:

  • IAU and NAFSA

    NAFSA: Association of International Educators

    NAFSA is a US-based association focused on international education and exchange. It provides networking and training opportunities together with resources for international educators.

    NAFSA is a Member of IAU. NAFSA was a sponsor of IAU’s Fifth Global Survey on Internationalization and is a member of NIEA, the Network of International Education Associations which is coordinated by IAU.

    - NAFSA:
    - NIEA

  • IAU and Observatory Magna Charta Universitatum

    Magna Charta Observatory

    The Observatory aims to be the guardian for fundamental university values and to assist universities and higher education systems to operate effectively in accordance with them. Based in Bologna, the Observatory monitors the status of institutional autonomy and academic freedom worldwide and works to uphold the principles contained with the Magna Charta Universitatum.

    An Affiliate Member of the IAU, Magna Charta Observatory and the IAU have cooperated together since the MCO’s inception in 1988. Former Secretary General of the IAU, Eva Egron-Polak, was a member of MCO Governing Council.

    - Magna Charta:
    - Magna Charta Universitatum

  • IAU and HESI

    Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI)

    HESI is a global collective that brings together both UN entities and Higher Education Sustainability Networks to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It aims to encourage higher education institutions to commit to teach sustainable development concepts, encourage research on sustainable development issues, green their campuses, and support sustainability efforts in their communities.

    IAU is part of the HESI network and IAU gave a keynote address ] at the HESI special event at the 2020 UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

    - HESI:
    - Keynote address

  • IAU and EAIE

    European Association for International Education (EAIE) provides expertise, networking and resources in the internationalization of higher education. It provides training, conferences and knowledge acquisition and sharing.

    IAU and EAIE have a sister organisation agreement, cooperating with other’s international conferences. EAIE is also a member of NIEA, the Network of International Education Associations which is coordinated by IAU.

    • EAIE:
    • NIEA:

  • IAU and DUZ Medienhaus

    DUZ Academic Publishers, located in Berlin, Germany, publishes academic journals with a focus on higher education and culture.

    DUZ published the IAU 5th Global survey on Internationalization in 2019. IAU coordinated the editorial process for the journal ‘Internationalisation of Higher Education’, published by DUZ, for several years until 2019. IAU also distributes to IAU Members the quarterly publication ‘International Higher Education’ which is published by DUZ and produced by Boston College Center for International Higher Education.

    - DUZ:
    - 5th Global Survey
    - Internationalisation of Higher Education
    - International Higher Education

  • IAU and DAAD

    DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service, promotes the international exchange of students and scientists, the internationalization of German universities, and supports developing countries in setting up universities.

    DAAD partnered with the IAU to provide support for the 5th Global Survey on Internationalization of Higher Education.




    The COPERNICUS Alliance is a European network of universities and colleges committed to transformational learning and change for sustainable development. Through partnership with society, it aims to re-orient higher education programmes and research towards sustainable development.

    The COPERNICUS Alliance is an Affiliate Member of the IAU. Having signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the IAU to work on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD), it is a key partner in IAU’s Working Group on Sustainable Development.

    - Copernicus Alliance:
    - Memorandum of Understanding:
    - IAU’s Working Group on Sustainable Development:

  • IAU and AUF

    AUF, the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, is the agency for Francophone universities in 119 countries. The AUF works towards universities who are actively engaged in economic, social and cultural development of societies.

    AUF, a Member of the IAU, has a long history of cooperation with the IAU. Most recently, together with the Association of Commonwealth universities, all three organisations have partnered together to strengthen joint collaboration to advance and promote the contribution of higher education to meeting our shared global challenges and have issued a joint Statement on Higher education’s essential contribution to the SDGs.

    AUF partnered with the IAU to provide support for the 5th Global Survey on Internationalization of Higher Education and is also working together with IAU in the follow-up project to the survey on internationalization in francophone countries.

    - AUF:
    - Strengthen joint collaboration :
    - Higher education’s essential contribution to the SDGs:

  • IAU and ARES

    ARES, the Académie de recherche et d’enseignement supérieur (Academy for Research and Higher Education) is the umbrella organisation of higher education institutions in francophone Belgium.

    IAU and ARES work together in the field of internationalization. ARES has partnered with the IAU to provide support for the 5th Global Survey on Internationalization of Higher Education and currently in the follow-up project to the survey on internationalization in francophone countries.


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