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  • IAU releases the 5th Global Survey on Internationalization of Higher Education

    THE 5TH GLOBAL SURVEY IS OUT!


    IAU publishes Internationalization of Higher Education: An Evolving Landscape, Locally and Globally

    Knowing how the process of internationalization is evolving is paramount to gain a thorough understanding of its potential benefits and risks. Researching global trends is essential for IAU to continue providing the required support to higher education institutions (HEIs), governments and individuals as they develop their internationalization strategies, policies and activities.

    Based on input from some 1,000 HEIs in 126 different countries, the IAU 5th Global Survey Report is the most geographically comprehensive collection and analysis of primary data on internationalization of higher education. It covers all aspects of internationalization from policy and activities to research, human resources and staff development, student mobility and the design of curricula.

    >> Learn more about the IAU Global Survey, read the Executive Summary and order your copy here !




  • Discover the programme and register for #IAU2019



  • IAU at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development



  • IAU Panel of experts in internationalization visited Toyo University, Japan

    On 1-3 July 2019, an IAU panel of experts visited Toyo University in Tokyo, Japan, in the framework of an "Assessing Strategy and Monitoring Achievements" strand of service of the IAU ISAS (2.0) programme.

    The panel was chaired by Eva Egron-Polak, IAU Former Secretary-General and Senior Fellow, and included Giorgio Marinoni, IAU Manager for Internationalization, Betty Leask, Prof. Emerita, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia and Visiting Professor, Centre for International Higher Education (CIHE), Boston College, USA, and Akiyoshi Yonezawa, Vice-Director, International Strategy Office, Tohoku University, Japan,

    This IAU advisory service generated an internal process of critical self-analysis of the current internationalization strategy at Toyo University, an IAU member institution. This reflection has already resulted in immediate improvements but will also inform strategic developments for the future. The Expert Panel is currently working on a final report, which will provide external qualitative feedback on Toyo University’ internationalization strategy and achievements. This assessment will include constructive recommendations for Toyo university to address current and future challenges and will encourage further progress towards the goals set in the internationalization strategy of the institution.

    >> Learn more about IAU’s advisory services in internationalization




  • First issue of the IAU HESD Publication Series - Higher Education & SDG 13

    Universities around the world are mobilizing for climate action !
    Higher education institutions’ leadership, academic and administrative staff and students are stepping up their action.

    The International Association of Universities (IAU) has gathered 15 concrete examples of meaningful initatives towards climate action, undertaken by higher education institutions and organizations from all over the world, from Cyprus to Malaysia, from Peru to India, Lithuania, Costa Rica, Uganda, Ireland, Japan, USA, Jamaica and Australia.

    The publication " Higher Education and SDG 13 : Climate Action Through University Teaching, Research and Community Engagement " is the first of a series of IAU publications dedicated to Member institutions’ contribution to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

    With this series of publications, IAU hopes to inspire other universities to join the effort and take action to transform the world for the better through higher education.

    >> Download the HESD Publication in pdf




    SDG5 smallCALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR THE NEXT ISSUE ON SDG 5!

    Your institution is undertaking exciting initiatives towards SDG 5 - Gender Equality ? Send information on your innovative projects to be part of the next publication of the series and gain visibility worldwide for your good work !
    Contact: contact[@]iau-hesd.net

    >> More information about IAU’s work on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development.




  • Call for papers in IAU Horizons: Transforming Higher Education for the Future

    In preparation for the upcoming IAU 2019 International Conference in Puebla, Mexico, in November 2019, the ‘In Focus’ section of the next issue of IAU Horizons magazine, will be devoted to the theme of the conference: ‘Transforming Higher Education for the Future’ . In this In Focus, we aim to:

    -  Imagine different scenarios for the future of higher education and its relation to societal development
    -  Discuss different key challenges as well as opportunities for these transformations of higher education
    -  Present current initiatives and research being carried out to transform higher education and promote sustainable solutions for future societies.

    The section will be divided into 4 parts:

    1- The future of universities : anticipation and foresight
    This part introduces the topic, questions the status quo and proposes possible perspectives on what higher education could look like in the future

    2- Financing higher education
    This part discusses how the shifts in higher education financing models impact the future of higher education and if these changes will be an obstacle to/ an opportunity for the transformation of higher education

    3- Higher education and Technology
    This part aims to analyse how best to take advantage of the digital transformation that is already happening and harness the potential of technology for the benefit of higher education quality and increased access to knowledge

    4- Societal engagement
    This part examines the role of higher education in addressing the big societal challenges of today and tomorrow and how it has to adapt to remain relevant locally


    If you are interested in contributing a paper related to this topic, please send a message expressing your interest and explaining briefly how you wish to address this topic in your paper.

    Deadline for expressions interest: 5 August 2019
    Deadline for submission of paper (max 800 words): 2 September 2019

    >> More about the IAU Horizons magazine




  • IAU at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

    The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) is the yearly conference of the United Nations where governments, UN Agencies and civil society come together to discuss the achievements that have been made towards Agenda 2030. This year, the HLPF 2019 will be dedicated to “ Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality ”.

    As the most global university association contributing to Sustainable Development and having the Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council, IAU will take an active part in the debates and will organize a series of side events, together with 8 IAU Member Universities.

    Follow the discussions and learn more about IAU’s contribution to the HLPF!

    >> ALL ABOUT IAU’S PARTICIPATION IN HLPF 2019




  • Registration is now open for #IAU2019!

    >> VISIT THE CONFERENCE WEBSITE !

    Hosted by Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP), the IAU 2019 International Conference will take place in Puebla Mexico from 13-15 November 2019.

    With a view to exploring how leaders and experts of higher education institutions envisage higher education in the future, Transforming Higher Education for the Future is the theme of this year’s conference. The conference will constitute a platform not only for discussing opportunities, but also for outlining major challenges facing higher education today. Recognizing that higher education is exposed to a multitude of challenges in increasingly complex societies, this conference will, among others, consider the impact of technological advancements, and discuss the responsibility of higher education in the pursuit of sustainable development in a world where populations are increasingly impacted by the consequences of climate change.

    IAU believes that higher education has an essential role to play in proposing solutions as well as highlighting the ethical dimensions and social responsibility in relation to these transformations. Research can inform decisions-makers and community engagement can enable inclusive and innovative solutions to address societal challenges. As the global association of higher education institutions and organisations, we seek to generate a meaningful dialogue and mutual understanding about advancing higher education for sustainable societies.

    For thorough information on the theme, speakers and programme, visit the conference website!

    Register now and benefit from the early bird rate!

    Discover Puebla!
    See some highlights from the 2018 conference in Kuala Lumpur.

    Global Meeting of Associations (GMA)

    Hosted by Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP) and co-organized with the Association of Universities of Latin America and the Caribbean (UDUAL), the Global Meeting of Associations (GMA) will precede the International Conference, taking place on 12-13 November. This meeting is open exclusively to leaders of higher education associations, organizations and networks. It will offer the opportunity for peers to exchange on emerging trends in higher education in the different regions of the world, and to discuss opportunities for future partnerships.

    Registrations open in April and you may select the option "GMA" when you register for the IAU 2019 International Conference.

    For more information, please contact Trine Jensen.




  • Call for nominations - 2019 UNESCO ICT in Education Prize

    The UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the use of ICT in education is now accepting candidatures. The theme of the 2019 edition is the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to innovate education, teaching and learning .

    THE PRIZE

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advancements in neuroscience have the potential to enhance teaching methodologies, support lifelong learning and personalize learning through various ways, as well as propel and accelerate the discovery of new delivering modes of education. Keeping in with Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education, UNESCO with its partners is aiming to explore the effective and ethical use of AI applications to reduce barriers to access education and optimize learning processes with a view to improve learning outcomes.

    In 2019, the Prize will award AI-powered solutions as well as applications of neuroscience in AI aiming to improve learning outcomes, to empower teachers and to enhance the delivery of education services, while advocating for inclusive and equitable use of these technologies in education.

    SUBMIT A PROJECT PROPOCAL TO IAU !

    As an NGO in official partnership with UNESCO and active in the field covered by the Prize, the International Association of Universities can submit up to three nominations to UNESCO, who will then select the two best projects among all nominations received. Two awards will be granted, and each recipient will receive a monetary award of USD 25,000 during the Award Ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

    Should you wish to submit a nomination to IAU, please contact Trine Jensen before 1 October 2019.

    APPLICATION PROCESS

    For more detailed information on eligibility criteria, submission and nomination process, please see the flyer and visit UNESCO ICT in education Prize webpage.




  • We’re hiring a Secretarial Assistant !

    The International Association of Universities is currently hiring :

    - A SECRETARIAL ASSISTANT (M/F)

    The Secretarial Assistant will assist the IAU Secretary-General on a daily basis, as well as the Manager, Finances and Administration. He/she will also work with other Members on staff, in particular in the context of IAU events and the development of the Membership.

    >> See the complete job offer here.

    Please send your cover letter and CV to Ms. Angella NINO, Manager, Finances and Administration.




  • Discover our new article in University World News


    Discover the article in University World News from June 2019, presenting the preliminary trends arising from IAU’s 5th Global Survey on Internationalization of Higher Education,

    By Giorgio Marinoni, IAU Manager, Internationalisation policy and projects, and Hans de Wit, Director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College, United States, and member of the IAU Advisory Committee for the 5th IAU Global Survey on Internationalisation of Higher Education.



    Is inequality in internationalisation of HE on the rise?

    The internationalisation of higher education is a phenomenon that has implications far beyond the domain of higher education; it impacts society at large.

    According to the definition of Jane Knight, updated in 2015 by Hans de Wit and others, internationalisation is “an intentional process undertaken by higher education institutions in order to enhance the quality of education and research for all students and staff, and to make a meaningful contribution to society”.

    Assuming that internationalisation is an intentional process, the question arising is: how strategic is this process? In other words, is internationalisation at higher education institutions supported by a defined strategy, with clear objectives, actions, and point persons, framed within a realistic timeline and supported by the necessary (human and financial) resources?

    Is this strategy monitored and are outcomes evaluated? And in the current political climate of anti-globalisation, anti-immigration and increasing nationalism, to what extent is this strategy still relevant and up to date?

    The results of the 5th Global Survey on Internationalisation of Higher Education, an online survey conducted by the International Association of Universities (IAU) in 2018, help us address these questions.

    >> Read the full article on University World News




  • Congratulations to our new LGEU graduates!

    Last week, the 7th session of IAU’s leadership development programme, Leading Globally Engaged Universities (LGEU), took place in Paris, France. Led by Dr. Tom Kennie, leadership expert in HE, and the IAU Secretary General Dr. Hilligje van’t Land, the programme addresses the challenges of leading a university in today’s world—integrating at once local and global perspectives.

    ISIT - Institut de Management et de Communication Interculturels, an IAU Member, hosted the five-day seminar for socially engaged university leaders from all over the world: Bangladesh, Botswana, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Kenya, Romania, Turkey and the United Kingdom. LGEU participants included Heads of Institutions, Vice-Presidents, Deans as well as Academic Department Heads and senior professional service leaders.

    Throughout the week, attendees participated in leadership development exercises, sharing their own insights and institutional approaches to global engagement. They also had the opportunity to learn about the French higher education system, through meetings with Campus France, Conference des Grandes Ecoles and the Association of Francophone Universities, as well as through a visit to the renowned Ecole Normale Supérieure.

    Look out for the LGEU#8 in Hong Kong !
    More information and dates will be communicated soon.
    For more information, contact Juliette Becker at j.becker@iau-aiu.net.




  • Take part in the 2nd Global Survey on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development!

    As Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are at the core of discussions about how universities can shape future societies, the International Association of Universities (IAU) has developed the 2nd Global Survey on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD).

    The main goal of the survey is to demonstrate the contribution of higher education to Agenda 2030 and to wider societal transformation. We aim to identify the ways in which universities incorporate sustainable development into teaching, learning and research, as well as into their day-to-day running, in order to provide a comparative analysis of HESD trends around the world, highlighting the diversity in the approaches to sustainable development.

    IAU will present the initial findings at the United Nations High-Level Political Forum in New York, USA, to highlight the key role that higher education is playing in achieving the SDGs. It will next be presented at the IAU 2019 Conference in Puebla.

    Participants will also be able to use the results to inform their own decision-making, and benchmark their own institutions against others, in order to develop new and innovative strategies. The survey report will be published by the end of this year.

    The survey will only take 15-20 minutes to complete and is available in English ; French ; Portuguese and Spanish

    To ensure that we collect as many diverse perspectives as possible, we have designed the survey in such a way that anyone within an institution can contribute.
    Deadline : 1 July 2019.

    For more information, contact Stefanie Mallow.




  • IAU Horizons: The New Edition Is Out!

    The latest issue of IAU Horizons (24.1) has just been published.

    This issue offers detailed information about IAU’s most recent activities and suggests ways to get involved. It presents the topic of the IAU 2019 International Conference on 13-15 November and the Global Meeting of Associations on 12-13 November in Puebla, Mexico: Transforming Higher Education for the Future.

    The In Focus section features contributions to sustainable development from the lead institutions in the IAU Global Cluster on HESD. We hope that this will inspire other universities to join the effort towards achieving a more sustainable present and future.

    >> Read the new IAU Horizons

    >> Consult former issues




  • The IAU workshop on Leveraging Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education

    In the beginning of March, IAU held a workshop on Leveraging AI for Higher Education during the UNESCO’s flagship event “Mobile Learning Week” (MLW). IAU’s Members from Spain, Malaysia and South Africa described distinct opportunities and research to use AI for the benefit of higher education. The main aim of the workshop was to explore how to leverage AI for good— augmenting human intelligence through the support provided by machines and artificial intelligence.
    Agata Lapedriza, Professor at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), Spain and Visiting Researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Medialab, introduced the state of the art in Emotional Artificial Intelligence. She explained the role of emotional recognition in analyzing students’ experiences in the learning process. This tool has the potential to support student-centered learning and to tailor the learning process to the specific needs of individual students.

    Ram Gopal Raj, Deputy Director of the Centre for Academic Strategic Planning at the University of Malaya, spoke about its challenge to ensure employability of students. The university is therefore developing a Virtual Assistant Teacher service with a view to tracking the progress of student learning and competences and then linking this to the needs of employers. It thus hopes to ensure a more seamless transition from university to the world of work. Raj also underlined the necessity to continuously update the syllabus to reflect the rapid changes in technology and fluctuations of the labor market.

    Mandla Makhanya, Vice-Chancellor of the University of South Africa (UNISA), shared his experience at the largest online and distance learning university in Africa, with 800,000 students enrolled (75 % in Africa and 25 % in other regions). UNISA uses AI to process student applications in order to match the necessary requirements for enrollment with the information provided in the application form. Furthermore, they are testing how to better use this technology to assess when students are underperforming, so that university can offer them greater support.

    Daniel Burgos, Director of the Research Institute for Innovation & Technology in Education at the International University of Rioja (UNIR), Spain introduced the potential of learning analytics using big data to enhance learning. He made a case for the use of OERs as a tool to make higher education more accessible and for more openness in education at large. He explained that 40 % of UNIR’s modules and support material is freely available whereas the remaining 60 % is fee-paying in order to sustain the work of the university.

    The session was well received by the audience and IAU was also pleased to ensure that the MLW included considerations specifically related to higher education. In effect, AI concerns society as a whole and will have an impact all fields, but the education sector, including higher education, plays a particularly important role as it plays a key role in shaping minds and preparing students for the life of work.




  • Take part in IAU-BBC Documentary Series!

    Dear Members,

    I am excited to announce that BBC StoryWorks, the commercial creative arm of BBC Global News, will produce a series on higher education for the IAU and the wider higher education community. The purpose is to reaffirm the fundamental values of higher education and its role in transforming societies. In order to do this, we will spotlight the work of IAU Member institutions contributing to this effort around the world.

    Higher education is instrumental to the development of sustainable and democratic societies; shaping minds, promoting diversity, leadership and social responsibility. In light of increasing global challenges, HEIs play a key role in addressing the societal transformations that lie ahead.

    OUR AMBITION:

    • Highlight the importance of core values being implemented at universities to contribute to sustainable and fair societies
    • Understand and communicate how universities are central to prosperity, innovation and social change
    • Promote strong and diverse higher education systems and institutions

    YOUR STORIES:

    As part of this process, I would like to invite you to share your impactful and innovative work. We’d like to know about the case studies and stories occurring within your institutions that translate core university values into action.

    In order to have real impact with viewers, it is vital that we bring to life work in the areas of internationalisation, technology, leadership and sustainable development. These are not only in line with the IAU’s strategic priorities, but also at the forefront of transformations in higher education today.

    BBC StoryWorks will produce mini documentary-style films that tell these meaningful stories. Their creative teams will work with various institutions around the world, to capture their work in a compelling and visually engaging way. Those involved in the project will be able to use this content in their communication, advocacy and fundraising efforts.

    THE PROCCESS:

    Please express your interest in this project by responding to the three questions below. Selected institutions will be asked to fund the production costs of a mini-documentary. They will have the opportunity to shape the film’s creative treatment using BBC StoryWorks teams’ expertise and knowledge. The series will be distributed to relevant audiences across the globe in a cross-platform campaign managed by BBC StoryWorks.

    IAU is committed to ensuring the diversity of voices in this project. Whilst we understand the terms of this project might not be suitable for all IAU Members, we have worked to develop an approach that we hope will enable a broad range of institutions to participate.

    This opportunity is open exclusively to IAU Members. We welcome non-member institutions to discover IAU’s membership benefits and join the Association, in order to participate. For more information, please contact Juliette Becker.

    TIMELINE:

    The deadline for expressions of interest from institutions is April 30. Please respond with the requested information and details before this date, after which point the BBC StoryWorks team will be in contact with those expressing an interest.

    Production will then be conducted in advance of the series launch at the IAU 2019 International Conference on 13-15 November in Puebla, Mexico.

    We hope this is not only an exciting opportunity for you to profile important initiatives of your institution on a global scale, but also for the higher education sector as a whole.

    I look forward to seeing your stories brought to screen, demonstrating the important role of higher education in societal development!

    Hilligje van’t Land, PhD
    IAU Secretary General
    Executive Director

    EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST:

    To express your interest in participating in the series, please respond to the following in an email to Elan Shuker:

    1. How are IAU’s core values reflected in your institution’s philosophy and overarching mission?
    2. Please describe one or two specific projects that contribute to positive change in society through internationalisation, technology, leadership and sustainable development (past, present or future)
    3. Please include any relevant links/URLs to supporting information or content.

    Please provide contact details for the leader of your institution (e.g. Chancellor / Vice Chancellor /President) as well as the Head of Marketing and Communications. Please include phone number and email address.

    For all IAU queries, please contact:
    Juliette Becker
    Programme & Membership Development Officer
    Juliette Becker




  • Outcomes of the 1st UNICA-IAU Master Class on Internationalization

    On 7-10 April, IAU held its first joint Master Class on Internationalziation with UNICA in Dubrovnik, Croatia. We welcomed 35 university leaders from 24 countries at University of Zagreb’s Center of Advanced Academic Studies. Beyond the geographic diversity, participants represented a great mixture of positions and professional backgrounds, which allowed for dynamic and nuanced discussions. The goal of the Master Class was to address the needs of today’s Vice-Rectors/-Presidents for internationalization, in order to achieve comprehensive and values-based internationalization. It combined plenary and interactive peer-learning sessions on a variety of topics, including strategic planning, global engagement, regional networks and language policy.

    “We were pleased to welcome such a diverse group of internationalization leaders. They not only exchanged on specific challenges and opportunities in their local contexts, but also critically discussed the latest trends in internationalization globally, based on the results of the IAU 5th Global Survey. For IAU, the Master Class also provided an opportunity to strengthen our collaboration with UNICA and promote our vision of fair and ethical internationalization,” said Giorgio Marinoni, the Manager of Internationalization Policy and Projects at IAU.

    Participants were encouraged to shape the agenda of the Master Class and themselves led several sessions presenting the experience of their home institutions. When it came to global trends, Marinoni presented the preliminary results from the IAU 5th Global Survey on Internationalization, which takes place every four years to identify and analyze emerging internationalization trends worldwide. The results—particularly about geographic priorities and perceptions of risks, benefits, drivers and obstacles to internationalization—helped inform the participants’ own strategic plans.

    “It was a real privilege to participate in the UNICA-IAU Master Class and exchange with decision-makers from universities around the world. I feel inspired and have found a renewed sense of motivation for my own role and daily tasks", said Prof. Gerhard Berchtold, Dean of European Programmes, UCN Universidad Central de Nicaragua.

    In their feedback participants indicated that they found the discussions enriching and networking allowed for potential partnerships, which they would like to develop further. IAU and UNICA to build on the positive outcomes of this initiative to strengthen the community spirit and continue promoting values-based internationalization.

    IAU will continue to offer Members and beyond opportunities for peer-learning and exchange, as we believe that these are key to making international interactions more equal and respectful of the diverse contents in which higher education institutions operate.

    To learn more about IAU’s work in internationalization, click here.

    Contact: Giorgio Marinoni




  • IAU’s first Institutional Site Visit on Tech & Higher Ed was a success!

    On 27-28 March, IAU held its first Institutional Site Visit on technology in higher education at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) in Barcelona, Spain. We welcomed 24 participants from 16 countries, both online and onsite universities. The visit combined plenary and interactive sessions on a variety of tech-related solutions for enhancing higher education and achieving SDG 4. Participants were able to shape the agenda of the visit by choosing topics of their interest. These included: accreditation of online universities, online student mobility, doing an internship online, virtual labs, chatbots and AI for student-centered learning.

    "It was a true pleasure for IAU to bring together representatives from 5 regions to discuss how to leverage the potential of technology. Beyond geographic diversity, we also had a mixture of online and onsite universities and this allowed for dynamic and nuanced discussions. Finally, I’d like to commend UOC for its openness and eagerness to share its extensive experience. At IAU, we believe that collaborative approach is essential for shaping the future of higher education", said Trine Jensen, Lead on Higher Education & Technology at IAU.

    IAU chose UOC as the first host for Institutional Site Visits, as it is the world’s first 100% online university with nearly 25 years of experience. It thus provided participants with invaluable insights on the operations of online education and how technology in general can enhance higher education.

    "To share experiences is to support learning, so it is a pleasure for UOC to host IAU’s first site visit on technology! We also look forward to learning from participants joining us from around the world", the UOC President Josep A. Planell said at the opening of the IAU Institutional Site Visit.

    In their feedback participants indicated that they came away with concrete tools and practices, which they can take back and adapt to their home institutions. Based on the positive outcomes, IAU is now considering a follow-up capacity-building project that would draw on the expertise of open and onsite universities for digital transformations.

    IAU will continue offering annual Institutional Site Visits – open exclusively to IAU Members – to create opportunities for peer-learning and to foster innovation and institutional partnerships. We believe that multilateral and intercultural dialogues are central to finding viable ways of harnessing digital innovations for the benefit of learning, teaching and research. Members are welcome to suggest topics that they would like to see covered in future site visits.

    Sign-up to receive invitations to future site visits and to be informed about IAU’s work on Higher Education & Technology!

    To learn more about IAU’s activities on technology in higher education, click here.

    Contact: Trine Jensen




  • IAU awards Cardiff Met Uni with the Comprehensive Internationalization Learning Badge

    IAU awarded Cardiff Metropolitan University with the IAU Comprehensive Internationalization Learning Badge in recognition of successfully embedding internationalization in all its institutional strategies and activities. Giorgio Marinoni, IAU’s Manager of Higher Education and Internationalization policy and projects, visited Cardiff Metropolitan University on 7 March to award the institution with the Learning Badge. It was received by Professor Leigh Robinson, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Cyncoed Campus) and the Dean of the School of Sport and Health Sciences. Cardiff Metropolitan University expressed its gratitude through the words of Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, chair of the Board of Governors: "We are absolutely delighted with this award. It recognises our deep commitment to internationalisation and diversity across all activities of this University. We value our close links and shared values with our international partners".

    In 2017, Cardiff Metropolitan University undertook an "ISAS (2.0)- Achieving Comprehensive Internationalization" service in order to assess the progress of the university in implementing a holistic approach to internationalization. The IAU Expert Panel visited Cardiff Metropolitan University on 9-11 October 2017. The members of the IAU Expert Panel were Madeleine Green, Senior Fellow, International Association of Universities (chair), Eva Egron-Polak, Senior Fellow and former Secretary-General and Executive Director, International Association of Universities, Tim Gore, Chief Executive Officer, University of London Institute in Paris and Giorgio Marinoni, Manager, Higher Education and Internationalization Policy and Projects, International Association of Universities. Cardiff Metropolitan University met all criteria to be awarded the Learning Badge. IAU also provided the university with relevant recommendations to enhance their internationalization process. The Learning Badge is valid for five years (2017 - 2021).

    IAU’s approach to internationalization of higher education focuses on the equitable and collaborative nature of the process, and recognises that international interactions take place in highly unequal and diverse contexts among Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) with different, resources, needs and interests. IAU thus promotes values-based internationalization by offering ISAS (2.0) tailor-made advisory services to HEIs, relevant individuals at HEIs, national governments and organizations. In particular, ISAS (2.0) consists of three services:

    • Advancing strategic internationalization at HEIs (for HEIs)
    • Facilitating individual learning for internationalization for HEIs and individuals working at HEIs. (for HEIs and individuals at HEIs)
    • National advisory service for strategy or policy development for HE internationalization (for national governments, agencies and organizations)

    Since the launch of ISAS (2.0) in 2016, four universities from four different countries have benefited from ISAS (2.0) services and three more institutions are in the process of undertaking them.

    If you are interested in benefiting from IAU’s tailor-made advisory service in the field of internationalization, please do not hesitate to contact Giorgio Marinoni (g.marinoni@iau-aiu.net)




  • Higher Education Policy: the new issue is out!

    The new edition of Higher Education Policy (HEP), IAU’s quarterly journal, has just been released. This special issue is entitled Taking Account of 20 years of Quality Assurance in German Higher Education and features peer-reviewed papers with distinct research methodologies.

    >> Read




  • IAU’s Annual Report is out!

    IAU has just published its 2018 Annual Report, which provides an overview of past year’s achievements. IAU has enhanced its engagement with Members, strengthened partnerships and launched new initiatives for the benefit of higher education. Special thanks goes out to our partners and Members for supporting IAU’s vision and mission. Members are at the heart of all IAU does - we remain committed to incorporating your feedback and working with you closely for a better future of higher education worldwide!

    Read the IAU Annual Report 2018.




  • IAU to Lead a Workshop during UNESCO MLW

    Join IAU at the UNESCO the Mobile Learning Week, which takes place from 4-8 March in Paris, France. It is dedicated to Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Sustainable Development. On 5 March, IAU will hold a session on Leveraging AI for Higher Education. Members from Spain, Malaysia and South Africa will present innovative initiatives that seek to enhance the quality of teaching and learning. IAU’s participation will ensure that the higher education sector will also be represented in the discussions that will take place during the MLW. You can attend the session free of charge. To register, click here. For further information, please contact Trine Jensen.




  • IAU’s two new articles on University World News

    IAU has published two articles on the University World News — "Is internationalisation creating inequality in higher education?" and "A changing view of the benefits of HE internationalisation". Both articles are based on the initial results from the 5th edition of the IAU Global Survey on Internationalization. IAU has received 986 full responses from 907 institutions in 126 countries and will publish the survey report later this year (Members will receive a free copy). For further inquiries, please contact Giorgio Marinoni.




  • The IAU Global HESD Cluster Members Meet at UNESCO

    On 28-30 January, IAU hosted the first IAU Global Higher Education and Sustainable Development Cluster meeting at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France. IAU brought together 15 universities from around the world, each of which acts as a lead institution on a particular Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). It also organised meetings with the UNESCO delegation representatives, in order to raise awareness about the role of universities in achieving the SDGs and to develop future partnerships.

    The meeting primarily served to set the Cluster’s strategic priorities. The members confirmed their commitment to the Cluster and will soon finalise the strategic plan. The next step will be to participate at the UN High Level Political Forum in July 2019, in order to highlight and strengthen the position of higher education institutions in Agenda 2030. The Cluster Members will continue to meet every two years.

    IAU is grateful to the UNESCO Section on Education for Sustainable Development, which supported the Cluster meeting.

    For inquiries, please contact Stefanie Mallow.




  • IAU at the THE Emerging Economies Summit

    On 14-16 January 2019, the IAU Secretary General Dr. Hilligje van’t Land participated in the Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies Summit, which was hosted in Doha by our Member, Qatar University. Dr van’t Land spoke on the panel about "Can the SDGs form the new dominant measure for higher education impact?" See more here. When engaging with THE’s planned ranking on Sustainable Development Goals, IAU encourages its Members to to ensure that the indicators are comprehensive and well-adapted to their needs.




  • Discover IAU’s 2018-2019 Achievements and Perspectives

    IAU is pleased to have had a productive year and looks forward to the upcoming endeavors. Let’s look back at what we have accomplished together in 2018 and have a glance at what’s coming up! Please click here.




  • IAU at the UNESCO Global Education Meeting 2018

    On 3-5 December 2018, IAU attended the UNESCO Global Education Meeting (GEM 2018), in Brussels, Belgium. The IAU Secretary General Dr Hilligje van’t Land contributed to two important debates on higher education and pedagogical training.

    UNESCO, as the lead agency and coordinator of the Global Education 2030 Agenda, convened the GEM 2018 and the Government of Belgium hosted it. The Meeting brought together stakeholders from the global education community to take stock of progress and identify strategic priority areas requiring political guidance and intervention to achieve the Global Education 2030 Agenda.

    IAU Secretary General, Dr Hilligje van ‘t Land, spoke at the workshop on Higher Education, Lifelong Learning and the World of Work, organized by the World Bank and UNESCO, and a panel on Teachers and Educators in a Changing Landscape. The former highlighted the ways in which higher education can respond to the rapidly changing world of work, while the latter discussed emerging challenges for future teachers and educators to effectively address societal needs.

    "Teachers and professors are constantly challenged by the changing classroom setting and the technological transformations, which impact both teaching and learning mechanisms. In addition, they are expected to be at the forefront of what the world of work requires in terms of skills and competences. On the one hand, this generates uncertainty, but it could also create opportunities for change and innovation in teacher training," said Dr van’t Land. In both sessions, she urged for the recognition of the key roles that higher education plays in developing all levels of education that correspond to today’s challenges and securing a better future for all.

    The GEM 2018 resulted in the drafting and adoption of the Brussels Declaration, which sets the course for education for the next four years through eight priority areas:

    1. Making education and training systems more equitable and inclusive “leaving no one behind”
    2. Eradicating illiteracy
    3. Including migrants, displaced persons and refugees in our education and training systems
    4. Providing quality gender-responsive education and training
    5. Strengthening education for global citizenship and for sustainable development
    6. Providing open, flexible and responsive education and training systems to meet new skill needs
    7. Improving teachers, educators, trainers and school leaders
    8. Increasing investment in education

    For GEM 2018 Programme and Meeting Documents, click here.

    IAU supports and informs Agenda 2030 through research and advocacy, building synergies among universities and other stakeholders, promoting peer learning and exchange.
    On 24 October 2018, IAU took part in 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. In July 2019, IAU will participate in the UN High Level Political Forum in New York, where it will facilitate a workshop on the role of higher education and research in achieving Agenda 2030.




  • IAU and BC collaborate on research about English language instruction in higher education

    IAU and Boston College collaborated on a research project about the role of English language instruction in higher education institutions(HEIs) around the world. IAU and the Boston College Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) co-supervised research undertaken by Xinyan (Sissi) Liu, a student in CIHE’s Master of Arts program in International Higher Education. This program requires that all students participate in a course titled “Field Experience in International Higher Education.” The course combines practical experience at higher education organizations, such as the IAU, with an in-depth research project.

    Sissi’s report explores the national policies and role of English language instruction at HEIs in Brazil, France, Malaysia, South Africa and Spain. This is a particularly timely topic at the time when English language has become dominant in many fields, including in highly cited research and scholarship more broadly.

    To learn more about IAU’s activities in internationalization, please click here.




  • IAU launches a Global Higher Education Cluster to address Agenda 2030

    The International Association of Universities (IAU) has launched a Global Cluster on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD) to advocate for the key role that higher education institutions play in achieving Agenda 2030. This global endeavor directly engages universities in addressing all 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs).

    The IAU HESD Cluster consists of 16 lead universities, one for each SDG; IAU leads the work on SDG 17 on global partnerships. The lead universities, which are based in all world regions, will work with ‘satellite’ universities to advance a particular SDG, all the while ensuring synergies among all goals. Professor Pornchai Mongkhonvanit, President of Siam University, in Thailand, chairs the IAU work on HESD, including the Cluster.

    The Cluster has two main objectives. First, it will serve as a resource and networking hub for universities around the world. Universities that are already engaged in SDGs locally can establish partnerships through the Cluster and scale up their activities. Those who are just starting this line of work will be able to turn to the Cluster for collaboration and guidance on best practices to translate and advance SDGs in local, national and international contexts.

    Second, the Cluster aims to be a global voice for higher education in sustainable development debates (including at the UN High Level Political Forum, HLPF), informing international organizations and national governments about the role of universities in achieving the SDGs. It will foster collaboration and exchange among all stakeholders and inform decision-making at local and global policy levels. In 2019, IAU plans to attend and present a paper at the HLPF in New York to highlight and strengthen the position of higher education institutions in Agenda 2030.

    “We are not seeking to duplicate the existing work in this field, but rather to find new ways to effectively join forces and work together,” explained the IAU Secretary General Hilligje van’t Land.

    IAU and its Member universities presented the initiative on November 15 at the IAU 2018 International Conference on Higher Education Partnerships for Societal Impact in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Dag Rune Olsen, the rector of the University of Bergen that leads on SDG 14 ‘Life Below Water’, spoke at the conference, noting, “Research and education are key; and academia needs to inform policy development. We must work across borders, across disciplines and across the 17 goals.”

    The Cluster adopts a holistic and transformative approach to sustainable development, attending not only to its environmental, but also cultural, economic and social aspects. It promotes the Whole Institution Approach—embedding sustainable development concepts and principles at all levels of university operations, including teaching, learning, research and community engagement.

    In January 2019, the Cluster leaders together with the UNESCO country delegation representatives will meet in Paris at the UNESCO headquarters to discuss further steps and finalize the strategic plan.

    Sustainable Development is one of IAU’s four thematic priorities and the association has been advocating for the importance of higher education for sustainable development and now Agenda 2030 since the early 90s. IAU is part of the UNESCO Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development (GAP ESD) and partners with many organizations in the field, including the UN Higher Education for Sustainability Initiative (HESI), Regional Centers of Expertise Network, SDG Accord and Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) among others.

    For further information on the IAU HESD Cluster and ways to get involved, visit the IAU HESD Portal or contact: Stefanie Mallow, Programme Officer.




  • Takeaways from #IAU2018 International Conference

    The IAU 2018 International Conference has just ended in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Higher Education scholars, researchers and experts from around the globe came together for three days to discuss Higher Education Partnerships for Societal Impact. The conference drew around 300 participants from 68 countries, including 67 heads of institutions and 63 speakers. The conference was organized in cooperation with the University of Malaya.

    Participants discussed some of the most pressing issues facing today’s higher education community, such as digital transformation, community engagement, responsible research and sustainable development.

    In addition, at the conference IAU launched the Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD) Cluster, which includes 16 lead universities worldwide per Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) and aims to advocate for Higher Education Institutions’ role in achieving Agenda 2030. IAU also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Union of Students in the United Kingdom that will enable us to develop joint projects on the SDGs.

    Please consult the conference programme and IAU’s twitter account to learn more about the discussions that took place at the conference.

    IAU is pleased to announce that its 2019 International Conference will take place from 13-15 November in Puebla, Mexico.




  • IAU Horizons: The New Edition Is Out!

    The latest issue of IAU Horizons (23.2) has just been published. It offers detailed information about IAU’s most recent activities and suggests ways to get involved. The In Focus section gathers 10 contributions from higher education scholars and university leaders worldwide discussing "Higher Education Partnerships for Societal Impact", which was also the topic of the IAU 2018 annual conference on 13-15 November in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    • READ the new issue of IAU Horizons
    • To consult former issues, click here



  • Take Part in IAU’s Open Consultation on ICTs

    In light of rapid technological changes, IAU is developing a new policy statement outlining the key principles and values that must underpin this transformation. IAU is committed to making the process inclusive and ensuring that the voices of its Members and the wider higher education community are heard.

    This is why we have launched an open consultation on the topic, allowing both university leaders and relevant staff to share information about how they experience the digital transformation of higher education. The consultation takes place in the form of a survey and is open until 1 April 2019.

    IAU encourages all Members and beyond to contribute to shaping the policy statement and thereby learning more about tech-related initiatives and trends in higher education around the world.

    >> MORE INFORMATION HERE




  • LGEU#7: Applications are Open for the Session in Paris!

    Applications have just opened for the 7th session of Leading Globally Engaged Universities, IAU’s unique professional development programme for socially engaged university leaders!

    This five-day seminar provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about the theory and innovative practices of institutional leadership and management. Participants will engage in peer-to-peer learning, build new partnerships and gain insights about challenges and opportunities for higher education leaders worldwide.



    >> MORE INFORMATION HERE


    >> READ THE BROCHURE


    DATES
    2 - 7 JUNE 2019

    LOCATION
    PARIS, FRANCE
    Hosted by Institut de Management et de Communication interculturels

    ONLINE APPLICATION
    The deadline for applications is 5 May 2019. The programme is limited to 20 persons. Apply now!

    CONTACT
    Juliette Becker




  • LGEU#6 kicks off in Romania

    This week the 6th session of IAU’s leadership development programme, Leading Globally Engaged Universities (LGEU), opened in Bucharest, Romania. Led by Dr Tom Kennie, leadership expert in HE, and the IAU Secretary General Dr Hilligje van’t Land, the programme addresses the challenges of leading a university in today’s world—integrating at once local and global perspectives.

    The National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA), an IAU Member, is hosting the five-day seminar for socially engaged university leaders. On this occasion, the university Senate rewarded IAU with the anniversary gold medal ’SNSPA 25 plus 1’, for its contribution to the modernisation of international higher education.

    LGEU participants come from all around the world and include Heads of Institutions, Vice-Presidents, Deans as well as Academic Department Heads, Registrars and senior professional service leaders. The current LGEU session brings together participants from Afghanistan, Egypt, France, Ghana, Moldova, Pakistan, Palestine and Romania. Throughout the week, attendees participate in leadership development exercises, sharing their own insights and institutional approaches to global engagement.

    Mark your calendars for the LGEU#7 – Paris, France!
    IAU is pleased to announce that on 2-7 June 2019 Institut de Management et de Communication interculturels (ISIT) will host LGEU-7.
    For more information, contact Juliette Becker at j.becker@iau-aiu.net.




  • Join the UNICA-IAU Masterclass on Internationalization!

    IAU is pleased to launch its first joint master class together with the Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe (UNICA) on internationalization of Higher Education.

    What does it mean to be a Vice-Rector for Internationalization in today’s moving world?

    In the era of globalization, internationalization of higher education has become inevitable. Institutions develop deliberate internationalisation strategies to improve the quality of education, research and service to society. This requires the full engagement of the academic leadership as it is gaining increasing relevance in the strategic decision-making process.

    DOWNLOAD THE ANNOUNCEMENT

    DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAMME

    The master class targets Vice-Presidents /Vice-Rectors for internationalization as well as academic leaders involved in internationalization policies/strategies. Combining keynote presentations with interactive group sessions, the master class will give participants a set of practical tools and techniques in order to effectively plan, monitor and evaluate internationalization activities as well as analyse local and global trends in international higher education.

    APPLICATION:

    Deadline: 1 March 2019
    The number of participants is limited to 30 people.
    Apply now by filling out this online form!

    PRACTICAL INFORMATION:

    Dates: 7-10 April 2019 (duration: 3,5 days)
    Host institution: Centre for Advanced Academic Studies, University of Zagreb in Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik, Croatia

    REGISTRATION FEES:

    €700 for IAU or UNICA Members
    €800 for non-Members
    Please note that fees include accommodation at CAAS Residence (3 nights), lunches, breaks, and the social programme. Fees do not cover travel expenses.

    CONTACT:

    If you have any queries or need additional information, please contact:
    Mr Giorgio Marinoni (IAU Office, Paris): g.marinoni@iau-aiu.net, + 33 1 45 68 48 04
    Ms Aurelie Duchateau (UNICA Office, Brussels): aurelie.duchateau@unica-network.eu, +32 2 514 79 00




  • IAU launches its Institutional Site Visits on technology - Apply now!

    IAU is pleased to announce that Open University of Catalonia will host its first Institutional Site Visit on technology and higher education. The visit will be dedicated to e-learning and student-centered learning, and will take place on 27-28 March in Barcelona, Spain.

    The purpose of the annual Institutional Site Visits is to create opportunities for Members to exchange and learn from host universities about how to improve higher education using digital technologies. IAU thus seeks to support its Members and build their capacity of adaptation in the ever-changing landscape. The visits will generate new ideas, tools and insights on harnessing digital innovations for the benefit of universities.

    The Institutional Site Visits are exclusively open to IAU Members (all categories) and target those engaged in the digital transformation. IAU charges a coordination fee of 150 € which covers the material and catering during the 2 day meeting. The fee does not include accomodation and travel.

    Applications are being accepted until 8 March 2019. Apply now!




  • Dr Hasan Sohaib Murad, IAU Deputy Board Member, Passes Away

    It is with great sadness that IAU has learned of the tragic passing away of Dr Hasan Sohaib Murad, Founder UMT and esteemed Deputy Board Member of the IAU. We convey our sincere condolences to the Members on staff at the University of Management and Technology and also to his Family and friends. He will be missed in the international higher education community and by the Members of the Board of the IAU. We much appreciated his valuable contributions to the advancement for higher education in Pakistan and the world.




  • Tabriz University Celebrates 70th anniversary

    Tabriz University celebrated its 70th anniversary on 29 August 2018. It is the second oldest university in Iran and one of IAU’s founding members. Giorgio Marinoni, IAU’s manager for internationalization, delivered a speech at the conference dedicated to this occasion. He thanked the Prof.Dr. Pourmohammadi, the President of Tabriz University and IAU Deputy Board Member, for having invited IAU and congratulated the institution on 70 years of dedication to advancing higher education. IAU will continue collaborating closely with Tabriz University for the development of higher education in Iran and abroad.

    Image source: www.tabrizu.ac.ir




  • Only a few days left to register for IAU leadership programme in Romania!

    There is only a few days left to register the 6th session of IAU leadership development programme
    LEADING GLOBALLY ENGAGED UNIVERSITIES (LGEU)

    Bringing together a cohort of 15-20 university representatives from all parts of the world, LGEU provides a unique opportunity for higher education leaders with an international outlook to engage in peer-to-peer learning in a distinctive, internationally-oriented leadership development programme. LGEU offers a real opportunity to gain new insights into higher education trends and practices in a wide range of countries as well as a chance to build new institutional connections.

    >> MORE INFORMATION HERE


    >> READ THE BROCHURE


    DATES
    14 - 19 OCTOBER 2018

    LOCATION
    BUCHAREST, ROMANIA
    hosted by The National University of Political Studies and Public Administration

    ONLINE APPLICATION
    The programme is limited to 20 persons - so don’t miss this opportunity! Apply here

    CONTACT
    Juliette Becker




  • Register to the first ISAS (2.0) webinar!

    As part of its offer of services in the field of internationalization of higher education, IAU is developing a series of webinars in English and French, each dedicated to a specific topic of importance in the current global agenda. These webinars will expand the range of learning opportunities available to individuals and higher institutions and draw on the knowledge of internationalization experts from different parts of the world.

    The first ever ISAS (2.0) webinar will focus on ‘Developing a Strategic Approach to Internationalization’.
    Participants will be given access to all materials used during the presentation and the opportunity to ask questions live to the speakers.

    The first seminar in English will take place on 4 October at 17:00 CET and be broadcast again on 9 October at 9:00 CET to enable participants from other time zones to take part.

    The number of participants is limited, so please choose your preferred date and register as soon as possible at:https://goo.gl/forms/jtN65DqLKc7W2o3D3




  • Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan passes away

    The IAU joins the worldwide higher education community in extending our condolences to the family and colleagues of Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General from 1997 to 2006. Committed to the cause of education as a foundation for progress in society, Kofi Annan was Chancellor of the University of Ghana, a long-standing IAU Member, from 2008 to 2018.

    “Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development.” Kofi Annan.




  • IAU 5th Global Survey is collecting responses!

    IAU Global Surveys on Internationalization provide 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. It has become an invaluable resource for those interested in internationalization of higher education.

    IAU is now conducting its 5th Global Survey on Internationalization of Higher Education and invites all Higher Education Institutions around the world to take the questionnaire and allow IAU to collect the most relevant data internationally and share with all of you a clear and accurate picture of the global higher education landscape today.

    >> Read more about the IAU Global Surveys

    >> Read the instructions to complete the Survey in:

    >> Take the Survey now in ENGLISH, FRENCH or SPANISH.



    Contact Giorgio Marinoni




  • IAU LYNX July 2018 - Find out about the HE news from 26 countries in this month’s edition!

    IAU Lynx provides you with a monthly overview of international, regional and national policies and initiatives in higher education around the world.

    This month’s edition covers HE news from 26 countries.

    Find out about the UN’s new technology programme for development; universities’ responses to Horizons Europe, the sucessor to Horizon 2020; the outcomes of CRES - the Regional Conference for HE in Latin America and the Caribbean; and the launch of the first Arabic Citation Index.

    Discover the Baltic Recognition Agreement; the new Chinese plan to promote artificial intelligence in universities; Mexico’s agreement for a higher education Gender Equality Observatory; and South Korea’s plans for academic exchanges with North Korea.

    Learn about India’s new regulations for university teachers qualifications; Ghana’s policy to upgrade teacher training institutes; Indonesia’s strategy for preventing radicalism in universities and how minority serving institutions in the USA increase upward mobility ... and much more!

    >> GO TO IAU LYNX




  • Sign up now for the 6th session of IAU leadership development programme

    Registrations are now open for the 6th session of IAU leadership development programme LEADING GLOBALLY ENGAGED UNIVERSITIES (LGEU).
    Bringing together a cohort of 15-20 university representatives from all aprts of the world, LGEU provides a unique opportunity for higher education leaders with an international outlook to engage in peer-to-peer learning in a distinctive, internationally-oriented leadership development programme. LGEU offers a real opportunity to gain new insights into higher education trends and practices in a wide range of countries as well as a chance to build new institutional connections.



    >> MORE INFORMATION HERE


    >> READ THE BROCHURE


    DATES
    14 - 19 OCTOBER 2018

    LOCATION
    BUCHAREST, ROMANIA
    hosted by The National University of Political Studies and Public Administration

    ONLINE APPLICATION
    The programme is limited to 20 persons - so don’t miss this opportunity! Apply here

    CONTACT
    Juliette Becker




  • Stephen Freedman, IAU Board Member, passes away

    Dear Members of the IAU Community,

    It is with great sadness that IAU announces the sudden passing of Stephen Freedman, Provost of Fordham University, New York, on 2 July 2018.

    Stephen, a Member of the IAU Administrative Board since 2008, was a strong supporter of the work of the IAU, sharing the values, the mission and vision upheld by the Association. Stephen was a very dedicated, passionate, open-minded and caring man, who was truly committed to teaching, research and community engagement and to what a global, inclusive and diversity-minded university should stand for.

    His absence from the IAU Administrative Board will be greatly felt, and he will be sorely missed, not only by his fellow Board Members but also by the IAU Secretariat, and Members of IAU who had the privilege to have known him and worked with him.

    You will find a tribute to Stephen on Fordham University website

    IAU would like to express its deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues at Fordham University,

    Yours sincerely,
    Hilligje van’t Land, PhD
    Secretary General, International Association of Universities (IAU)
    Executive Director, International Universities Bureau




  • 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.

    The International Association of Universities has reached out to the Higher Education Institutions around the world, including to some 50 higher education organisations inviting them to take the 5th Global Survey Questionnaire on the Internationalization of Higher Education. Responses will all and always be treated as completely confidential:

    • We do not report or share individual results or identifying characteristics with the IAU Membership or higher education community.
    • We only report average results to the global higher education community unless specific agreements have been officially been agreed upon for specific issues to be highlighted. Your response will be averaged with other responses to protect the identity of all individual respondents.

    If you’d like to learn more about how IAU shares the results of the Survey, please contact g.marinoni@iau-aiu.net

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

    The deadline to fill in the survey is 31 July.

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

    Contact Giorgio Marinoni




  • Salamanca celebrates 800 Years - IAU President attends IVth Rectors’ Meeting

    Pam Fredman, IAU President, represented IAU at the Inaugural Panel of the IV International Rectors’ Meeting Universia 2018. The Meeting took place on 21 - 22 May at the University of Salamanca, Spain.
    An IAU founding Member since 1950, University of Salamanca celebrates its 8th centenary. Themed ‘University, Society, and Future’, the Meeting, attended by rectors, deans and academic leaders from over 600 universities in 26 countries, focused on training and learning in the digital world; research at the university; and universities’ contribution to social and territorial development.
    Prof. Fredman emphasized the importance of academic values and academic competences students acquire during their studies, themes which were brought up by many speakers. The Meeting concluded with the release of the Declaration of Salamanca.

    The event has been covered by various newspapers around the world:




  • IAU Blog on the role of technology in higher education

    IAU is pleased to launch a blog dedicated to the role of technology in higher education and to the transformation of higher education in the digital era. The aim of this blog is to share experiences and information about the digital transformation in higher education with perspectives from all regions of the world. IAU Members and beyond can share innovative initiatives and best practices or voice concern about developments in this field. IAU believes that through exchange and cooperation, we can contribute to shaping the digital transformation in higher education.

    Click here to discover the blog

    The IAU Horizons magazine (23.1) dedicated the ’In Focus’ section to the topic "Technology and higher education: opportunities for bridging divides?" The authors of the 11 articles coming from around the world also agreed to share their thinking and articles on the blog in order to kick-start the discussion.

    IAU invites its Members to consider contributing and submitting a contribution to IAU (max 800 words).

    Please contact Trine Jensen for expressions of interest.




  • IAU Expert Advisory Group meeting on digital transformation in Bucharest, Romania

    Hosted by the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA), the IAU Expert Advisory Group was officially established and started drafting a new IAU Policy Statement on the digital transformation in higher education on 28-29 May 2018 in Bucharest, Romania. Members from around the world discussed the structure and the essential principles and values that must guide the digital transformation in higher education for the common good.

    The drafting process will take place over the next two years and include several stakeholder consultations. The final statement will be submitted for adoption to the IAU 16th General Conference, which will take place in Dublin, Ireland in 2020.

    A survey will be developed and disseminated to all IAU Members and beyond in order to collect information that will serve the drafting of the statement.

    Contact Trine Jensen for more information.




  • IAU Horizons 23.1: Technology in Higher Education & Call for papers next edition

    The first 2018 edition of IAU Horizons (23.1) presents information about the activities of the Association, the upcoming IAU 2018 International Conference in Kuala Lumpur. The In Focus section gathers 11 articles from around the world discussing the important topic: “Technology in Higher Education: Opportunities for Bridging Divides’ Click here to read the magazine.

    Call for papers for IAU Horizons (23.2): higher education partnerships for societal impact

    In preparation of the upcoming conference, the next issue of IAU Horizons, the ‘In Focus’ will be devoted to the theme of the conference: ‘Higher education partnerships for societal impact’
    If you are interested in contributing a paper related to this topic, please send a message expressing your interest and explaining briefly how you wish to address this topic in your paper.

    Deadline for expressions interest: 30 June 2018
    Deadline for submission of paper (max 800 words): 31 July 2018
    Contact: Juliette Becker




  • IAU took part in the EHEA Ministerial Conference in May

    IAU took part in the Ministerial Conference celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Bologna Process. It was held in Paris, on May 24-25, 2018. Opened to European Higher Education Area (EHEA) delegations, it included a Bologna Policy Forum that provided an opportunity to pursue a dialogue between EHEA and non-EHEA countries. The Paris Conference thus offered an opportunity to reinforce international cooperation for a better future of higher education.
    The Ministerial Communiqué stresses the need to improve the implementation of fundamental values, especially democracy, since the standards of higher education convey notions of peace and freedom.
    IAU Vice President Remus Pricopie, Rector SNSPA, and Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Secretary General represented the IAU during these events. The SG chaired the round table on Higher Education social responsibility: the civic role of higher education institutions.

    Declaration Ministerial Conference

    Bologna Policy Forum Statement




  • Professor Justin Thorens Former President IAU receives the IAU President Award

    On 4 May 2018, the IAU was honored to present the IAU President’s Award in Higher Education to Professor Justin Thorens, Former IAU President (1985-1990), Former President University of Geneva, for his outstanding contributions to IAU’s life and work and his full commitment to the higher education values promoted by the IAU. The Award was presented by IAU past Secretary General Eva Egron-Polak and the current Secretary General and in the presence of the IAU Secretariat.
    Please click here for more information on Professor Justin Thorens’ career and his contributions to development of the IAU statement on Academic Freedom and University Autonomy.




  • #LGEU5 - 5th session of Leading Globally Engaged Universities in Canada

    The 5th session of Leading Globally Engaged Universities (LGEU), the IAU unique leadership training programme, was hosted for the first time ever in North America, by McMaster University in Canada, from 13 to 18 May 2018.

    The week-long event gathered representatives from Canada, Colombia, Haiti, Ghana, Romania, South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States and Thailand. Participants particularly enjoyed the excellent hosting of the event and the unique opportunity provided to connect and learn to trust each other on sensitive issues relating to leadership in very different contexts yet presenting similarities conducive to unique exchanges.

    Mark your calendars to attend the next session, learn more about the kind of leader you are and how best to engage globally!
    LGEU-6 will be hosted by the prestigious National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, in Bucharest, Romania on 14-19 October 2018.
    More information here or contact (j.becker@iau-aiu.net).




  • UNESCO GLOBAL ACTION PROGRAMME ON EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

    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.




  • 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.




  • IAU Secretary General at CHEA Conference on Quality Assurance

    Last week, CHEA 2018 Annual Conference & CIQG 2018 Annual Meeting took place in Washington DC, USA. Gathered within a global Forum, Higher education stakeholders debated on Quality assurance.

    Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Secretary General, chaired the session on ’Are Institutional Autonomy and Social Accountability Mutually Exclusive?’.




  • ISAS (2.0) Planning & Strategy : Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology

    Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology is undertaking an ISAS (2.0) Planning and Strategy to put in place an internationalization strategy. The Expert Panel, set up by IAU to provide guidance for the elaboration of the strategy, undertook a site visit to Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) in India. It took place from 17 to 19 January 2018. During the three-day site visit, the Expert Panel consulted with members of the whole academic community of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT). During the next six months, IAU together with the Expert Panel will provide the institution with advice on how to develop their internationalization strategy.

    The Expert Panel, chaired by Eva Egron-Polak (IAU Senior Fellow), comprises Hans-Georg van Liempd (Managing Director, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Tilburg University, The Netherlands), Giorgio Marinoni (IAU Manager, HE and Internationalization Policy and Projects), and Manoranjan Prasad Sinha (Vice-Chancellor, Sido Kanhu Murmu University, Dumka, India).




  • Call for papers for IAU Horizons: Technology in Higher Education

    The next issue of IAU Horizons will focus on: Technology in higher education: opportunities for bridging divides? The rapid development technology and the digital transformation of society bring changes and new opportunities. The ‘In Focus’ section will consider how these changes impact higher education. What are the new opportunities that the digital transformation offer and how can they contribute to bridging rather than exacerbating already existing divides at the international, national and local level.

    IAU Members and beyond are invited to submit a paper sharing their experiences and views on the topic. Please send an email to IAU to indicate your interest and specify which aspect of the topic you wish to address.

    • Deadline for expression of interest: 5 March 2018
    • Deadline for full paper (max 800 words): 26 March 2018

    Contact: Trine Jensen




  • IAU Annual Report 2017 is now available

    The latest IAU Annual report will provide you with a yearly overview of IAU work, including both the IAU 16th General Conference in Thailand and the IAU 2017 International Conference in Ghana.

    Read IAU Annual Report 2017




  • NEW EDITION HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY JOURNAL

    The latest edition of Higher Education Policy (HEP), IAU’s quarterly peer-reviewed journal has just been released. A special edition, entitled The Role of Higher Education in the Socio-Economic Development of Peripheral Regions, it features papers looking at developments and issues in two distinct national settings within a broader European context, namely Norway and Czech Republic. Papers include a literature review and framework of analysis, the role of institutions in fostering industry clusters in peripheral regions, lifelong learning, cultural preconditions, and third mission.

    >> Read Abstracts
    >> Order a copy




  • New Publication IAU-UNESCO IIEP: Quality Management in Higher Education

    The UNESCO Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP-UNESCO), in collaboration with the International Association of Universities (IAU), has just published Quality Management in higher education: Developments and drivers. This publication fills a knowledge gap on the state of quality management in higher education institutions. The Authors, Michaela Martin and Shreya Parikh, draw on the responses of over 300 institutions worldwide to map recent developments, drivers, and obstacles in quality management today. As the first truly global survey of its kind, it provides first-hand primary data on this salient issue in higher education reform.

    Decision-makers in higher education are increasingly seeking models for state-of-the-art quality management systems, which can help pave the way to improved academic quality and graduate employability. This publication explains the dynamics of quality management, including its various actors, structures, tools, and much more, from a global perspective. Its wealth of insight aims at supporting the implementation of policies enabling higher education to act as a driver for socioeconomic progress and overall sustainable development.

    This publication is part of a larger international IIEP research project helping countries develop stronger capacities for more effective quality assurance. It follows the publication of eight case studies from universities with innovative practices who share in great detail the evolution and impact of their quality management systems.

    The publication i available in print, and online on the IIEP-UNESCO website.




  • ISAS (2.0) Planning and Strategy site visit at Shigakkan University

    The site visit by the ISAS Expert Panel to Shigakkan University in Japan took place on 29 November - 1 December 2017. The Expert Panel was chaired by Eva Egron-Polak, IAU Senior Fellow, and included Anna Ciccarelli, Fellow of The University of South Australia, Riyuki Takemura, former Senior Coordinator, Office of International Affairs, Hokkaido University, Japan, and Giorgio Marinoni, IAU Internationalization Manager. During the three day site visit, the Expert Panel had very fruitful discussions with members of the whole academic community of Shigakkan University. Based on these discussions, the Expert Panel will submit a report to the university at the beginning of January 2018. During the next six months, the Expert Panel will provide the institution with advice on how to develop an internationalization strategy. Once the university has developed its internationalization strategy, the University will receive the IAU learning badge “Planning and Strategy”.




  • Welcome to IAU New website

    IAU is proud to welcome you on its brand new website showcasing more efficiently IAU activities and partnerships. It also provides more visibility for IAU members’ latest initiatives.

    Navigate to discover IAU:
    - Strategic priorities
    - Membership
    - Latest publications
    - Global events




  • 5th Global Survey on Internationalization

    On Friday 17 November 2017, the IAU Secretary General, Hilligje Van’t Land and the Rector of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), Jean-Paul de Gaudemar, signed a Memorandum of Understanding detailing the contribution of AUF to the development of the IAU 5th Global Survey on Internationalization of Higher Education. AUF will help disseminate the questionnaire in the Francophone world and will translate the final report into French. The IAU is very pleased with this cooperation as it will allow to increase the visibility of this important survey, which will help understand the importance and significance of internationalization of higher education world round. This Memorandum of Understanding is an initial step which will lead to a deeper collaboration between both Associations.




  • IAU Global Meeting of Associations & International Conference took place in Ghana in October

    IAU 2017 International Conference and Global Meeting of Associations (GMA) ended after a week of fruitful discussions on challenges relating to funding of higher education. 170 people coming from 45 countries took part in these events hosted by the University of Ghana in Accra.

    The GMA offered the opportunity to 70 representatives from Associations of Universities to share their specific challenges through group discussions.
    During the conference, the speakers presented views from different countries and higher education systems to 170 representatives of higher education institutions around the globe.

    Discover more on the conference website including programme and speakers presentations.

    Take a look at the pictures of the Global Meeting of Associations and IAU International Conference.

    Contact: Trine Jensen




  • Apply now to the Bellagio Center Writing Residency!

    IAU is pleased to offer its members a unique opportunity to expand their work and put forward the value of academics’ contributions to the development of society.

    IAU supports the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Academic Writing Residency Programme which welcomes scholars, researchers, professors, and scientists from a wide array of backgrounds, disciplines and geographies, during a month in a serene and stimulating environment, combining uninterrupted individual day-time and evenings spent with innovative practitioners, writers and artists.

    The call for application is now open until 1 December 2017 for residencies in 2018 and early 2019.

    Take your chance! Contact us for more information to Juliette Becker.




  • New IAU Publication: Higher Education Paving the Way to Sustainable Development

    The IAU launches the report of its 2016 global survey on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD).

    With this publication, the International Association of Universities wants to underline the key role higher education plays in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By sharing knowledge and promoting international cooperation, the IAU aims at supporting and inspiring higher education leaders to develop HESD strategies. The findings of this publication are based on an IAU survey conducted in 2016, in which 120 higher education institutions worlwide took part. The results underline that universites are involved in sustainable development and integrate it in their strategic development plans. However, there is still room for progress. In the publication, you will find inspiring sustainability initiatives undertaken by IAU Members worlwide. Get inspired and commit to the SDGs!

    Download the publication and share it with your networks!




  • ISAS (2.0) “Achieving Comprehensive Internationalization” at Cardiff Metropolitan University

    Cardiff Metropolitan University is the first institution that will be awarded the ISAS (2.0) “Comprehensive Internationalization” badge. The decision was taken after the positive opinion expressed by the Expert Panel that accomplished a site visit to institution on 9 - 11 October 2017. The Expert Panel was chaired by Dr. Madeleine Green, IAU Senior Fellow and included Tim Gore, Chief Executive Officer, University of London Institute in Paris, Eva Egron-Polak, IAU Senior Fellow and Giorgio Marinoni, IAU Manager, HE and Internationalization Policy and Projects. The Expert Panel provided the institution with a final report underlying the accomplishment achieved and suggesting improvements for the future. The badge will be officially awarded to the institution during the 2018 IAU international conference.




  • Call for applications for the position of Deputy Secretary General

    IAU is pleased to announce the opening of a call for applications for the position of Deputy Secretary General. The person to be hired will work in close collaboration with Dr van‘t Land, IAU Secretary General. The Deputy Secretary General will collaborate on the development, implementation and coordination of the ongoing and theme-focused activities of the Secretariat as well as the overall management of personnel. To learn more about this position, please read the full Call for Applications, available here.




  • Call for papers next issue IAU Horizons, December 2017

    Theme: the next issue of the magazine focuses on Academic Freedom and University Autonomy under Threat.
    Contributions: Authors interested in contributing a paper are invited to submit a proposal including a three line description of the focus of the paper they would wish to contribute.
    Deadlines for Abstracts: 29 September 2017
    Deadlines for Full paper (700 words max. magazine style): 23 October 2017
    Contact: Juliette Becker

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