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  • IAU EAIE Internationalization Leadership Retreat

  • Call for Proposals Now Open: IAU 2024 International Conference

  • Work with the IAU

    The IAU currently has no open positions or internship opportunities.

    Intern - Events and Projects

    Internship description
    The successful candidate will work on the preparation of the IAU 2024 International Conference. Responsibilities will include making contact with participants from around the world, preparation of communication campaigns and maintaining the conference website. Furthermore, the successful candidate will work on membership development in relation to the Conference.

    According to the time available, the successful candidate will also have the opportunity to support the work on Digital Transformation which includes supporting data collection of the Global Survey on Digital Transformation; participating in the organization of the meetings of the Expert Group on Open Science and other tasks in the field of Digital Transformation.

    Read the full description and learn how to apply

  • Call for Papers: Universities and the Interplay of Human Intelligence and Generative AI

    Call for Papers: Universities and the Interplay of Human Intelligence and Generative AI

    In the upcoming ‘In Focus’ section of IAU Horizons, we aim to bring together multiple perspectives and reflections on how generative AI impacts higher education. We wish to demonstrate the breadth of the impacts whether it concerns the future of teaching and learning, the impact on pedagogy and cognition, and how we carry out assessments or conduct research. Likewise, the aim is to shed light on the problems around inequalities, the ethical issues related to data representation, quality, veracity, ownership and curation, and how it interweaves with academic values and codes of conduct. The purpose is to bring together both the voices of concern as well as the visionary aspirations. This is a non-exhaustive list of examples of what could be addressed.

    Read the full call for papers here.

    To discuss the important questions relating to Universities and the Interplay of Human Intelligence and Generative AI, the IAU calls for thought pieces of a maximum 800 words.

    - > Please submit a proposed abstract by 8 February 2024
    - > Deadline for submission of the full opinion piece is 1 March 2024

    For more information or questions, please contact: Trine Jensen

  • Warm wishes from the IAU for 2024...

    Warm wishes from the IAU
    The IAU extends its season’s greetings and wishes for a happy new year to our Members, partners, associates, affiliates, and senior fellows. Reflecting on the past year, the IAU takes pride in the accomplishments and collaborations that have enriched our endevours. Our interactions and engagements with Members and partners have been rewarding, and we look forward to continuing to engage with the higher education community and strengthening the voice of higher education in 2024.

    Read the full season’s greetings message here.

  • Learn About Open Science with the IAU at Utrecht University

    The IAU is pleased to announce that it is organising an upcoming Institutional Site Visit to be hosted by Utrecht University in the Netherlands from 3 – 4 April 2024. The University is pleased to welcome IAU Members to learn from the extensive experience of the institution in its transition to Open Science.

    Open Science is a movement which encourages collaborative and public research in which findings are shared at the earliest stage possible. The purpose of Open Science is to foster more transparent, collaborative, and inclusive scientific practices to make new knowledge more accessible and verifiable, to ensure more equitable access to science and knowledge, and to enhance international research collaboration.

    Learn more about this upcoming Institutional Site Visit on Open Science or express your interest in participating today.

  • Visit the IAU HESD Global Portal

    During the IAU 2023 International Conference, the Association presented the latest version of the IAU HESD Global Portal. This portal is a tool developed by the International Association of Universities (IAU) for its Members, partners and the general public. It provides access to university actions and more initiatives developed around the world to promote sustainability and contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    First created in 2012 and launched at the IAU 14th General Conference in Puerto Rico, the IAU HESD Portal has come a long way. It constantly improves and integrates content submitted by IAU members and partners and collected via desk-based research. Following the 2015 adoption of the SDGs, these UN Goals were integrated into the page and search function. In 2018, the IAU HESD Cluster was created, and their work is featured on a special Cluster page on the portal. November 2023 marks the relaunch of the Portal to include new functionalities and an improved layout.

    The IAU HESD Portal is updated regularly by the IAU and IAU Members, and partners are invited to contribute relevant content. While some services are offered on a priority basis for IAU-Members, the portal is openly accessible online. We look forward to receiving your contributions, questions, and input at the HESD team.

    >>>Discover university actions for sustainable development and SDGs
    >>>Find out how to publish your university’s actions on the IAU HESD Portal

  • IAU Horizons issue, Volume 28, no. 2, 2023

  • IAU 2023 International Conference

    IAU 2023 International Conference
    The IAU 2023 International Conference was held from 25-27 November at Qatar University in Doha, Qatar. The conference discussed the theme Higher Education with Impact: The Importance of Intercultural Learning and Dialogue. Read the concept note to learn more about the IAU 2023 International Conference.

    About the Conference
    Universities provide excellent environments to foster intercultural learning and competence which embraces diversity, treasures differences and is necessary for graduates to thrive in a globalised world. It enhances their appreciation and respect for the other and leads to a more forceful commitment to human rights, democracy, the rule of law, and building peace.

    The IAU 2023 Global Conference explored how universities around the world promote and support intercultural learning and dialogue, the impact geopolitics is having on this goal, and the broader implications it has for our society

    Learn More
    The IAU 2023 International Conference website can provide all necessary information regarding the programme, speakers, registration, and conference logistics. We invite you to explore the website and register now.

    Conference Website Programme and Presentations Conference Photos

    IAU Member Organizations were invited to also participate in the Global Meeting of Associations held immediately before the International Conference on Saturday 25 November.

    With any other questions, please contact the IAU Events team

  • Launch Announcement : IAU-SOS Responsible Futures International Pilot

    Launch Announcement : IAU-SOS Responsible Futures International Pilot

    The IAU is pleased to announce its partnership with Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS-UK), for the international adaptation of the Responsible Futures programme, that SOS-UK already has been conducting with further and higher education institutions for almost 10 years in the UK.

    Responsible Futures is a whole-institution approach to embedding holistic sustainability across the formal and informal curriculum in higher education. It is a supported change programme and accreditation mark that works to put sustainability at the heart of student learning. The Responsible Futures framework assists in creating an environment for staff and students to work together, in partnership, to embed sustainability throughout teaching and learning. The programme legitimises and mainstreams education for sustainable development (ESD), ultimately helping to ensure students leave education with the knowledge, skills, and attributes needed to create a more just and sustainable society. The framework facilitates a close working partnership between student representatives and their institutions through a set of criteria drawn from good practice across the sector. Thirty-nine partnerships across the UK have joined Responsible Futures since its launch in September 2014. Collectively, they represent nearly 700,000 students. For more information see the RF programme website.

    International Pilot Launch Workshops
    With two workshops taking place online on 3rd and 5th October, the IAU and SOS UK successfully kicked off the international pilot of the RF programme with the first group of universities. The universities participating in the pilot are IAU members who have been invited on board in recognition of their existing commitment to sustainable development and working with an SD strategy at the whole institution. Pilot universities will play a leadership role in working with IAU and SOS to co-create an international RF framework and shape how the international programme is designed and delivered. Around 35 participants joined over the two days, next to SOS UK and IAU facilitators, staff and students from the following universities:

    • Murdoch University, Australia
    • Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania
    • Queens University, Canada
    • The University of the West Indies (UWI), Caribbean
    • Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
    • Women’s University of Africa (WUA), Zimbabwe

    Furthermore, representatives from the University of Derby and the University of West of England, both institutions have been involved in the UK Responsible Futures for a number of years, shared how RF created new possibilities and developed initiatives with lasting impact for coordination of institution-wide sustainability engagement.
    Participants reported on existing sustainability activities and challenges to reach all part of the institution. The programme aims to support them in overcoming institutional barriers and putting systems in place that will encourage the development of lasting sustainability initiatives. In addition to introducing participants and defining aims and objectives, the workshops served to review of the RF framework and exchange experiences.

    Erica Clother-Joseph, President of the UWI Global Campus STAT Corp, University of the West Indies, stated after the workshop: "We are looking forward to Responsible Futures pilot and the collaboration across campuses and faculties and departments on ESD. This will really bring a sense of unity to our work and bring our university closer together as we work toward this important initiative.”

    Heather Aldersey, faculty member at the School of Rehabilitation Therapy and Special Advisor to the Principal on the UN SDGs, Queen’s University, believes that: “The programme will be helpful to learn from international colleagues around their efforts and through student involvement. The RF framework is useful to look at our baseline and how we’ll move forward in the coming years.”

    Sarah-Jane Cullinane, ESD fellow at Trinity College Dublin, believes that “the programme [will] give us a mechanism to support our students to lead on ESD and to have some transparency around the process as well.”

    Why Responsible Futures international?
    In her welcome words, IAU Secretary General Hilligje van’t Land stressed how universities are already transforming towards sustainability and how this links to the RF international pilot. “The joint IAU and SOS UK Responsible Futures International Programme is an accelerator on the highway to successfully working with sustainability at the whole institution and can help students, staff and leadership at universities work more closely together” she said.

    The IAU strongly advocates for the role of higher education for the 2030 Agenda and for the importance of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) as a backdrop for action in HE. The IAU decided to endorse the Responsible Futures programme based on its focus on student engagement and co-development so as to accelerate and ensure both medium- and long-term success of sustainability initiatives at the participating universities. Thanks to the diverse group of institutions from different countries, higher education systems, and backgrounds involved in the pilot group and framework co-design process, the IAU is convinced that the international RF programme will be beneficial and help HEIs to advance their sustainably efforts.

    Next steps
    Next steps will include further individual meetings with institutions, support consultations, and preparing a possible audit. This first round of the IAU-SOS Responsible Futures pilot will conclude in summer 2024, and its results will be presented at the IAU International Conference 2024 in November 2024 (more details will be announced shortly).
    IAU Members interested in participating in the Responsible Futures International in 2024 are invited to contact Isabel Toman to receive further information on requirements and timelines.

    About Students Organising for Sustainability

    Students Organising for Sustainability is a student-led education charity focusing on sustainability. We know environmental sustainability cannot be achieved in isolation, so our work spans across issues of social justice and wellbeing as well.

    Through our work we want to see...
    • More students leading on, and learning for, sustainability.
    • An education system repurposed around the climate emergency and ecological
    • Sustainability that is more inclusive, so it is for everyone.

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