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  • Aiming Higher, the IAU series on higher education produced by BBC Storyworks
    IAU is very pleased to launch Aiming Higher, the IAU series on higher education, produced by BBC StoryWorks. The series can be found at

    This series wishes to underline that higher education is instrumental to the development of sustainable and democratic societies; shaping minds, promoting diversity, ethical leadership and social responsibility. In light of the major global challenges facing society, universities play a key role in the transformations that lie ahead.

    Aiming Higher presents the stories of 34 IAU Members from all around the world and how they instill core values in young people and society more generally, in order to foster prosperity, innovation and equity.

    The videos present just a few of the many examples of universities around the globe that carry out initiatives with great social impact in the areas of leadership, technology, internationalization and sustainable development. These are not only in line with IAU’s priorities, but also at the forefront of transformations in higher education today.

    This ambitious project, launched at the IAU 2019 International Conference in Puebla, Mexico, represents a great diversity of voices from around the world and enabled a broad range of institutions to participate.

    Inasmuch as this is an exciting opportunity for you to discover the important work of many IAU Members, this series shows how much you as key players of higher education shape the future through such diverse and innovative approaches.

    The series will be promoted over the next few weeks via Twitter and Facebook. We invite you to share our posts and join the conversation. Promote these beautiful stories to your community and amplify the global voice of higher education for the end of changing society for the better!



  • IAU Horizons: the latest issue is out!

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  • Discover the programme and register for #IAU2019

  • Discover the trailer of IAU documentary series : IAU AIMING HIGHER

  • Call for Papers on Gender Equality in Higher Education

    Share your initiatives on gender equality in higher education !

    In the framework of the IAU Global Cluster on HESD, IAU has launched a series of publications promoting the work undertaken by universities from around the world to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals identified in Agenda 2030 – Transforming our World.
    The first publication in the series was dedicated to SDG13: Climate Action. Published in July, "Higher Education and SDG 13 : Climate Action Through University Teaching, Research and Community Engagement " gathered 15 concrete examples of meaningful initatives towards climate action.

    A call is now open for contributions on SDG5 - Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women and Girls!

    Together with the University of Bologna, the institution leading the work on SDG5 in the Global Cluster on HESD, IAU invites Members to submit a paper or a case study that showcases what their institution is doing to promote gender equality.

    The resulting publication will include a wide variety of initiatives to represent all world regions and the diversity of higher education institutions.


    • IAU Members should make their submissions (in English or French) using the dedicated application form and send it to Amanda Sudic
    • Submissions should present a research topic, a student initiative, a programme, a MOOC, a community initiative, or any other action specifically targeting SDG-5
    • Each member can submit a maximum of 2 initiatives
    • The University of Bologna and IAU will make a selection among the submissions received for the publication. However, all initiatives will also be published online on the IAU HESD Global Portal.

      Deadline for submissions : 15 November 2019

      Submit a case study!

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


    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 !

  • 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


    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[@]

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

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