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  • Register now for the IAU 2023 International Conference

    IAU 2023 International Conference
    The IAU 2023 International Conference will be held from 25-27 November at Qatar University in Doha, Qatar. The conference will discuss the theme Higher Education with Impact: The Importance of Intercultural Learning and Dialogue.

    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 Intercultural Conference will explore 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 Register Now

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

    Read the concept note to learn more about the IAU 2023 International Conference.

    The call for proposals has now closed. If you would like to propose a presentation but have missed this deadline, please consider the IAU Future of Higher Education Webinar Series.

    With any other questions, please contact the IAU Events team

  • IAU Partners with UWN on the SDGs Hub

    The IAU and University World News have partnered to support the work of universities by providing them with adequate and constructive visibility though the UWN’s SDGs Hub.

    In view of the critical importance of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), University World News dedicates a news section of their website to highlighting the work that universities, and the higher education sector as a whole, do to contribute to the achievement of the Goals. In light of the IAU’s leadership on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD), IAU and UWN have partnered to further bring visibility to good practices, new research, and important initiatives in the sector. IAU is thus an official SDGs Hub partner.

    IAU Members interested in publicizing their sustainable development achievements on the UWN SDGs Hub are invited to contact the IAU.

    To learn more about IAU’s work on HESD, click here, or discover the IAU HESD Portal here.

    Learn more about the IAU - UWN Partnership here.

    If you wish to become engaged with the IAU’s work on HESD, write to Isabel Toman, IAU Programme Officer for Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development.

  • Executive Leadership Programme (ELP)

    About the Executive Leadership Program (ELP)
    The IAU Executive Leadership Programme (ELP) is unique. It is radically global in its ambition to support university leaders across all higher education systems and types focusing on common issues and challenges. It covers central aspects of higher education management for a sustainable running of the institution, and it empowers university leaders to navigate the contextual and political dimensions of university leadership. In short, the ELP provides a framework with which to confront the big managerial, ethical, economic and societal questions universities are facing or will face.

    Want to learn more or share this opportunity with others? Access the full programme brochure here.

    Modular Topics:

    Transformative Leadership
    1. The Changing Mission of Universities
    2. Building Partnerships Across the Global Higher Education Landscape
    3. Navigating the Strategic Planning Process

    Higher Education Management
    4. Effective Governance, Risk Management, and Oversight
    5. Budgeting, Financial Strategy, and Administration
    6. Diversifying Income Streams and Fundraising Strategies in Higher Education
    7. Creating and Managing Effective Teams

    Values Based Leadership
    8. Leadership in the Transformation of Higher Education
    9. Charting a Sustainable Future for Higher Education
    10. Defining and Communicating the Role of Higher Education in Society

    Learning Outcomes:
    - Enhanced Strategic Thinking and Planning: Gain a new perspective on different aspects of global higher education to improve scenario thinking for the implications for your current strategy and future plans.
    - Understand Your Leadership Capabilities: Gain better knowledge of the different dimensions of strategic leadership to become a globally engaged leader of change.
    - Develop Effective Teams: Explore leadership expectations and improve interpersonal management skills to unlock the full potential of diverse high-performing teams.
    - Build a Global Network of Peers: Create long-term partnerships, connect with colleagues from all over the world, and share experiences to learn from each other.

    Program Details:
    Dates: 25 November 2023 - Autumn 2024. The first session will be held at the IAU 2023 International Conference at Qatar University in Doha.

    Format: In person and online

    Coordinator: Dr. Andreas Corcoran, IAU Deputy Secretary General

    Language of Instruction: English

    Registration: Please register via the following form:

    Register Here

    Meet the program facilitators:
    - Andrew Deeks, President of Murdoch University, Australia and IAU President
    - Pam Fredman, Former Rector Gothenburg University and IAU immediate past President
    - Andreas Corcoran, IAU Deputy Secretary General
    - Tawane Kupe, Former Vice Chancellor, University of Pretoria, South Africa
    - Teri Balser, Immediate past Provost and Vice President,
    University of Calgary, Canada
    - Patrick Deane, Principal and Vice Chancellor, Queen’s University, Canada
    - Chris Brink, Former Vice Chancellor, Newcastle University, UK

  • Work with the IAU

    Careers at the International Association of Universities (IAU)

    Poste de Responsable de l’Administration et des Finances à l’Association internationale des Universités (AIU)

    Description du poste
    Sous la direction de la Secrétaire Générale de l’AIU, le/la Responsable de l’Administration et des Finances sera responsable de la comptabilité générale, de la gestion financière et des ressources humaines de l’AIU. Pour en savoir plus sur les responsabilités spécifiques, veuillez consulter la description complète du poste ici.


    • Solides compétences en matière d’analyse, de résolution de problèmes, d’organisation et de coordination ;
    • Capacité à fournir des conseils et une assistance à la direction en matière de politique administrative ;
    • Capacité à aider à diagnostiquer et résoudre des problèmes multiples ;
    • Excellentes compétences en matière de relations interpersonnelles et de communication.

    Pour en savoir plus, veuillez consulter la description complète du poste ici.

    Pour soumettre une candidature pour ce poste, veuillez envoyer votre CV et lettre de motivation par courriel à Andreas Corcoran, Secrétaire Général Adjoint de l’AIU, avant le 4 octobre 2023, minuit.

    Internship opportunity at the International Association of Universities (IAU)

    Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development

    Main focus for the internship
    “Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD)” is one of the key priority areas of work of the IAU since the early 90s when the IAU Kyoto Declaration was adopted.

    More recently, since the adoption of the UN Agenda 2030 -Transforming our world and the associated sustainable development Goals (the 17 SDGs), higher education is mobilised further to contribute significantly to promoting sustainable development.

    To support IAU Members’ initiatives and to foster networking and cooperation in support of sustainable development, IAU developed and maintains the global portal on HESD, as well as created the “IAU Global Cluster on HESD”.

    Reporting directly to the IAU Programme Officer, the successful candidate will be invited to work on a series of projects developed by the IAU and in particular the IAU driven initiatives in the field of Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD).

    Work assignments will include:
    -  content creation and technical development of the IAU Global Portal on Higher Education for Sustainable Development ( )
    -  support with communication with the IAU HESD Cluster Network and partners,
    -  liaising with higher education institutions from around the world,
    -  general preparation of HESD projects, including assistance with the preparation of (virtual) events,
    -  desk-based research and communication related tasks.

    To learn more, please access the full internship description here.

    To apply to this position, please email Isabel Toman, IAU Programme Officer for HESD your CV and cover letter prior to 20 September 2023.

  • Higher Education Partnerships to Accelerate Action for the SDGs

    The IAU Global Cluster on HESD promotes the role and potential that HEIs globally have in order to achieve the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda. The Cluster encourages collaboration and takes a holistic approach to the SDGs, focusing specifically on the whole-institution approach.

    The IAU Global Cluster on HESD brings HEIs from all continents together and encourages them to develop joint initiatives and synergies.

    The Cluster works on all dimensions of the SDGs, combining environmental, social, cultural, and economic dimensions of sustainability, with partnerships as the key enabler for joint action.

    Peer-to-peer learning sparks new ideas and creativity among the Members of the Cluster and will encourage other universities to step up their game towards achieving a more sustainable future. The Cluster helps generate joint and collaborative projects and other initiatives.

    The Cluster is composed of 16 lead Institutions, each championing and working on one specific SDG while at the same time linking it to other relevant SDGs, with additional Institutions invited on board as ‘Satellites’ around each SDG. Currently, around 70 universities (leads and subclusters) are engaged in the Cluster. Work on SDG 17: Partnerships, is led by the IAU and includes working with other organisations in the higher education and sustainable development sphere. The Cluster is supported, monitored and steered by the IAU Working Group on HESD with the Initiatives developed by the Cluster being available to all IAU Members.

    Find the latest report on the activities of the IAU HESD Cluster from 2022-23 here.

  • Survey Closed: 6th IAU Global Survey on Internationalization of Higher Education

    The sixth edition of the Global Survey on Internationalization of Higher Education: the Future of the Internationalization of Higher Education is now closed.

    We thank the 740 Higher Education Institutions from 110 countries and territories around the world that replied to the survey.

    The analysis of the results is currently being performed, and the report is expected to be published at the beginning of 2024.

    Read more about the survey HERE, or contact IAU Internationalization Manager Giorgio Marinoni for more information.

  • IAU Horizons

    Call for papers: Countering Global Strife through interculturality?

    In his keynote address at the IAU International Conference in 1990, the UNESCO Director-General Federico Mayor Zaragoza, declared that “universality and diversity are not to be construed as opposition, but rather a dialectic, which has as its synthesis interdependence”. More than 30 years later, this message is more important than ever. We have therefore decided to dedicate the IAU 2023 International Conference to: Higher Education with Impact: The Importance of Intercultural Teaching and Dialogue.

    In connection with the conference, the IAU is pleased to announce that the ‘In Focus’ section of the next issue of IAU Horizons will be devoted to the theme: Countering Global Strife through interculturality?

    Universities have a key role to play in building intercultural competencies, nurturing intercultural understanding, and establishing a sense of interconnectedness in a world that seems increasingly polarised and divided, marked by the erosion of social coherence and human freedoms. How does academic responsibility figure in this context of rising geopolitical tensions and national protectionism? How do we facilitate international collaboration and foster a culture of peace? How can universities leverage their influence and stem breakdowns in civic discourse? And how does this converge with the growing demand on universities to actively engage in knowledge diplomacy? In brief, how can universities sustain and build intercultural ties and empower global citizenship and social responsibility?

    To discuss these important questions, the IAU is pleased to open a call for papers in terms of a thought piece of maximum 800 words.
    As usual, the IAU retains editorial oversight.

    This call is exclusively open to leaders (Presidents, Vice-chancellors and Rectors) of higher education institutions. However, we are open to proposals that are co-authored with a colleague.

    Deadline for submission of abstracts: 9 July

    Deadline for submission of papers: 1 August

    Please submit the abstract here.

    For more information or questions, please contact: Trine Jensen

  • Call for Experts on Open Science

    The recent IAU Policy Statement: Transforming Higher Education in a Digital World for the Global Common Good recognizes the principles laid out in the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, adopted by the UNESCO General Conference in 2021. The latter constitutes a normative and legal instrument adopted by the UNESCO Member States and encourages its implementation - in conformity with the constitutional practice of each State - and it thus serves to influence the development of national laws and practices. The IAU Policy Statement calls for universities to play an important role to shape the implementation of the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science across the different countries of the world.

    Against this backdrop, The IAU is pleased to announce that it will establish an expert group on Open Science to exchange experience and views on the role of universities in the implementation of Open Science across its different dimensions. Submit your expression of interest to take part in this global peer-learning expert group that aims to discuss opportunities and challenges of universities in the shift toward open science. The call is open until 15 July.

    For more information, contact Trine Jensen, IAU Manager, HE & Digital Transformation

  • Online Diploma on the Management of Higher Education Internationalization

    In collaboration with the UNESCO Chair for Internationalization of Higher Education and Global Citizenship of the University of Guadalajara, the IAU is pleased to launch an online diploma on the Management of Higher Education Internationalization.

    This first edition is particularly targeted to Latin America. Consecutive editions will focus on other regions of the world.

    Register Here

    For more information see: (in Spanish), for the English version click here.

    For any additional questions please contact the IAU Manger for HE and Internationalization, Giorgio Marinoni.

  • 2022 Annual Report

    The International Association of Universities is pleased to present the Annual Report of activities for 2022. The year has been marked in particular by the preparation and participation of the IAU in the UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education (WHEC2022) in Barcelona in May, the joint Global Forum on Higher Education Leadership for Democracy, Sustainable and Social Justice in Dublin in June; the UN Transforming Education Summit in Paris in June and in New York in September; and the IAU 16th General Conference in October.

    In 2022, IAU hosted 22 webinars, published numerous reports and policy statements, strengthened and engaged with our Membership base, and continued our advocacy work for our four priority areas: value based leadership, digital transformation, internationalization, and sustainable development. Through these umbrella programmes, IAU has been able to continue project based work to facilitate international collaboration and knowledge production. To learn more about what IAU achieved in 2022, read the latest Annual Report:

    Read the Report

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