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    IAU takes part in UNESCO Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) meeting in Costa Rica to help define the future of the post gap agenda. It is also the opportunity for IAU to present its work in promoting higher education and research for sustainable development globally.

    The Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD, the follow- up programme to the Decade of ESD (2005-2014), seeks to generate and scale-up ESD and to accelerate progress towards sustainable development. The GAP aims to contribute substantially to the 2030 agenda.

  • Register for the IAU 2018 international Conference in November!

    Higher Education Partnerships for Societal Impact is the theme of the IAU 2018 International Conference. The Conference is organised in collaboration with the University of Malaya. It will take place from 13 - 15 November in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    The IAU 2018 International Conference website is live! Please visit the website to discover the programme and the excellent speakers who will contribute to a very stimulating programme in Kuala Lumpur.

    Make sure to register at early bird rate:
    Discover the programme and register now.

  • Job opportunity at IAU - Communication Officer

    VACANCY POSTE: Communication Officer – M/F

    Contract: Temporary contract of 12 months possibly leading to a permanent contract
    Starting Date: immediate
    Deadline for applications: 16 April 2018
    Working hours: 35 hours a week
    Working conditions: shared offices

    About IAU
    The International Association of Universities (IAU) is an international NGO bringing together higher education institution (HEIs) from around the world. The offices are located in Paris.

    IAU encourages debate and action on key issues related to higher education. IAU also offers its members and the worldwide higher education community a set of services as well as a forum for discussion. More information on

    Reporting to the IAU Secretary-General/Executive Director, and working in collaboration with all IAU staff members responsible for programmes/projects; the Communication Officer coordinates, plans and develops IAU’s communication internally and with the external community of higher education around the world.

    - On-going interaction with IAU staff members and stakeholders to ensure that information circulates within the secretariat , IAU Members and the Administrative Board
    - Conducting a communication needs assessment and proposing strategies to increase IAU visibility, including through social media
    - Raise profile of IAU initiatives and publications, in particular on WHED (
    - Write press releases for national and international media
    - Manage and update IAU website and coordinate specialized portals updates
    - Develop and enhance IAU communication tools and support in using the different communication tools at their disposal;
    - Continue developing a graphical charter for IAU communications, including a branding consolidation strategy;
    - Bring the necessary support to the secretariat team

    Dynamic, with strong inter-personal and inter-cultural skills, a positive attitude, a capacity to work both independently and as part of a team, able to manage competing priorities.
    Strong oral and written communications skills in English and in French;
    Understanding of the work of the IAU, UNESCO and other inter-governmental organizations;
    Master’s degree in Communications/ Journalism or related field
    Minimum 3-4 years of professional experience in a similar level position directly related to communications

    Please send CV and covering letter to Ms. Angella NINO

  • Job opportunity at IAU - Administrative Assistant

    JOB OFFER - Administrative Assistant (M/F)

    Contract: CDD 12 months
    Starting Date: immediate
    Deadline for applications: 16 April 2018
    Working hours: 28 hours per week over 4 days (Monday to Thursday or Tuesday to Friday) 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm)
    Working conditions: shared offices

    About IAU
    The International Association of Universities (IAU) is an international NGO bringing together higher education institution (HEIs) from around the world. The offices are located in Paris.

    IAU encourages debate and action on key issues related to higher education. IAU also offers its members and the worldwide higher education community a set of services as well as a forum for discussion. More information on

    The Administrative Assistant will assist the IAU Secretary-General on a daily basis, as well as the Head of Administration and Finance and the Program and Membership Development Officer. The main tasks of the post are the following:

    Management Assistant
    - Organization of the Secretary-General’s agenda - appointments, conference calls, meetings;
    - Tracking the Secretary-General’s emails and files;
    - Organisation and preparation of the Secretary-General’s travel
    - Sorting and filing of related documents, business cards, etc.

    Administrative tasks - Membership
    - Preparing calls for payment of membership fees (annual call and reminder);
    - Issuing payment receipts;
    - Updating membership payment database (in ACCESS)
    - Depositing of cheques;
    - Membership mailings (information packs, welcome kits);
    - Updating and archiving of membership files;

    General Administrative Tasks
    - Collection, registering and redistribution of mail;
    - Franking and sending of mail;
    - Preparation and sending of IAU publications (IAU Horizons, 4th Global Survey, etc.) and preparation of bulk sending via courier service;
    - Preparation of stationery orders;
    - Overseeing the maintenance of the printer and franking machine;
    - Updating the inventory of computer equipment and furniture;
    - Arranging travel for IAU staff as necessary;

    Required profile
    - Perfect command of written and spoken French;
    - Good knowledge of written and spoken English;
    - Proficient in MS Office, EXCEL and ACCESS;
    - Multi-skilled and organized;
    - Rigorous and flexible;
    - Sense of discretion;
    - Excellent interpersonal and intercultural skills;
    - Minimum BAC + 2 (BTS Management Assistant, BTS Management Assistant SME-SMI etc) or other equivalent diploma, with a minimum of two years’ work experience.

    Please send CV and covering letter to Mrs. Angella NINO

    Download offer in pdf

  • Take part in IAU 5th Global Survey on Internationalization

    The International Association of Universities (IAU) is conducting its 5th Global Survey on Internationalization of Higher Education. Each IAU Global Survey provides a unique analysis of global trends on internationalization of higher education. It is the longest running internationalization survey of its type, with the first survey being undertaken in 2003. The IAU Global Surveys have become an invaluable resource for those interested in internationalization of higher education.

    You can take the survey in English or French or Spanish.

    The deadline to fill in the survey is 30 June.

    Sponsoring partners of the 5th edition of the Global Survey on Internationalization of Higher Education:

    Contact Giorgio Marinoni

  • Apply now for Rockefeller Bellagio Center Academic Residency!
    You are an academic willing to share your commitment to the development of society ? Seize this unique opportunity to carry out your project and make connections!

    The call for applications to the Academic Writing Residency Programme in Bellagio Center is open. By assisting the Rockefeller Foundation with the global outreach development of this beautiful programme, IAU is proud to encourage to apply individuals who shape thinking and catalyze action around projects that align with the Foundation’s mission of promoting the well-being of humanity, particularly through issues that have direct impact on the lives of poor and vulnerable populations. These issues include but are not limited to health, economic opportunity, urban resilience, as well as food and agriculture.

    This Residency Programme welcomes university and think tank-based academics, researchers, professors, and scientists from a wide array of backgrounds, disciplines and geographies, during a month in a serene but stimulating environment, combining uninterrupted individual day-time and evenings spent with innovative practitioners, writers and artists.

    Apply now and make a difference!
    Contact Ms Juliette Becker for more information.

    The Call for application is now open until May 1, 2018 for residencies in 2019.

  • Last chance to register for LGEU-5 Canada

    McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, will host the 5th session of the LGEU PROGRAMME. It will take place 13 - 18 May 2018. from LGEU provides an international peer-learning space to help higher education leaders prepare for the multiple and complex responsibilities they take on in a challenging global context. Bringing together an international cohort of university representatives, to recognise and address local and regional opportunities and constraints, each LGEU session also offers a unique opportunity to learn about the local higher education system. Apply to work with colleagues from different institutions and countries. Join the growing LGEU alumni group. The programme is limited to 20 persons - so don’t miss this opportunity! Contact: Juliette Becker

  • IAU 2018 International Conference - Call for case studies

    IAU 2018 International Conference, co-organized with the University of Malaya, will take place from 13-15 November 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It will be dedicated to the theme Higher education partnership for societal impact.

    IAU believes that higher education institutions (HEIs) play an important role in the development of societies. HEIs engage with society in a variety of ways. Partnerships with civil society, the private sector, local authorities and decision-makers or between HEIs take on numerous forms and shapes. Therefore, the conference will discuss and showcase how universities contribute to societal development around the world.

    IAU is launching a call for case studies to collect innovative partnerships for societal impact pursued by universities and other higher education institutions. Universities, which initiatives will be selected, will be invited to present their work at the conference.

    >> Call for case studies

    Mark your calendar, conference registrations will open on 3 April 2018!

  • IAU Horizons Magazine : Academic Freedom and University Autonomy under Threat

    This issue presents IAU projects and initiatives, focuses on the results of IAU 2017 Conference. It details results and opportunities linked to the IAU key thematic priorities of work; presents the new Members and the various projects IAU is involved in. The In Focus section offers a series of papers on « Academic Freedom and University Autonomy under Threat » of authors from around the world.

    >> Read the magazine
    >> Order printed copy
    >> Request more information

  • IAU President & Secretary General at SDG Conference Bergen

    From 8 to 9 February, IAU President (Pam Fredman) and IAU Secretary General (Hilligje van’t Land) took part in the SDG Conference on Knowledge for Our Common Future organized by the University of Bergen in Norway, an IAU member. The objective of the conference was to engage Norway’s research and higher education communities, politicians, government officials, NGOs and industry in a discussion on how universities can contribute towards implementation of the SDGs.

    "It is important that your own institution lives the goals!”, said Pam Fredman IAU President. As former Former Vice-Rector of Gothenburg University in Sweden, Pam Fredman talked about her own experience. She stressed the importance of engaging the whole staff as well as students in order to efficiently implement the SDGs. She invited universities to share successful initiatives to inspire others.

    We must take diversity in culture and knowledge systems into account when working towards the SDGs”, declared Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Secretary General. She stressed that we can only achieve the goals by working together. She reminded that IAU always been committed to sustainable development and that the association will continue to play a key role in supporting higher education institutions to achieve the SDGs.

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