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  • 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 (

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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