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IAU counts four categories of Members: Institutions, Organizations, Affiliates and Associates. Members have specific rights and benefits. Each IAU membership category has a specific set of criteria and application process. IAU gathers more than 650 members from 120 countries.


Member Institutions are universities or degree-conferring higher education institutions whose main objective is teaching and research, irrespective of whether or not they carry the name of university. Benefiting from IAU’s complete range of services and able to become active participants in all IAU working groups and activities, they also participate in the election of the President and the Administrative Board.

IAU Observer status can be granted to public or private not-for-profit degree-conferring higher education institutions, which do not yet meet the eligibility criteria for Membership of 3 cohorts of students. The Observer status is valid until the institution graduates three cohorts of students at which time it is admitted to full Institutional Membership. In creating this category, IAU wishes to become more inclusive and to contribute to the development of quality higher education globally.

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Since the General Conference held in Durban in 2000, IAU counts Member Organizations. Member Organizations are higher education organizations active on the national, regional or international level. Just like Member Institutions, they are granted full benefits, voting rights, and are represented on the Administrative Board. IAU counts 31 Member Organizations.

- International higher education organizations

- National higher education organizations

Association of Universities of Bangladesh

Universités Canada

Asociación Colombiana de Universidades (ASCUN)

Digital University for environment and sustainable development (UVED)

Bavarian University Alliance (BUA)

Hungarian Rector’s Conference

Association of Indian Universities

Association of Private Universities of Japan
Japan Association of National Universities

National Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions (ANUIES)

Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities

National Association of Universities from Peru

The Netherlands
Association of Universities in the Netherlands

The National Council of Rectors in Romania

South Africa
Universities South Africa

Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities (CRUE)
Associació Catalana d’Universitats Públiques

Association of Swedish Higher Education (SUHF)

Cyprus Universities Association

American Council on Education (ACE)


IAU Associates are well-known and respected leaders and experts in higher education who share IAU’s goals and values, and wish to enhance their personal collaboration with the Association. Connected to the information dissemination programme, Associates attend conferences and participate in IAU projects.

- Mr. Jason Laker, Ph.D. - Professor, Department of Counselor Education San José State University, San José, CA, U.S.A.
- Dr. H. Ian Macdonald - Président honoraire, Université York, Canada
- Dr. Fava de Moraes - Ancien Recteur, Université de Sao Paulo, Brésil
- Dr. Justin Thorens - Président Honoraire et Ancien Recteur, Université de Genève, Suisse.
- Dr. Agneta Bladh - Former IAU Administrative Board Member and Former Rector of the University of Kalmar,Sweden
- Prof. Clifford Nii Boi Tagoe - Former IAU Administrative Board Member and Former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Ghana
- Prof. Is-Haq Oloyede - Former IAU Administrative Deputy Board Member and Former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Nigeria
- Prof. J.D. Amin - Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University, Dutse Nigeria
- Mr. Stefan Delplace - Honorary Secretary General, EURASHE, European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (aisbl)
- Dr. Juliette Torabian, Senior Int’l education expert (policy and strategy)
- Ms. Dorothy Davis, Senior Expert in internationalization of higher education
- Mr. Kevin Kinser, Department Head, Education Policy Studies, Pennsylvania State University, USA

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