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  • IAU Horizons - Call for papers

    The world we are living in has changed significantly over the past few years. Transformations are due to multiple factors, including the COVID-19 pandemic, geopolitical changes, social movements demanding more equitable living conditions and rights, fast technological developments impacting society and a renewed sense of urgency in the quest for sustainable development. The new reality has had an important impact on internationalization of higher education which continues to transform.

    Against this backdrop, the In Focus section of the next edition of IAU Horizons is devoted to the theme: The Future of Internationalization in a Changing World.

    IAU invites leaders of higher education and experts in internationalization from all regions of the world to contribute to this debate about the future of internationalization and to present their views on how internationalization is transforming and the consequences for the future of higher education.

    Please submit your abstract (max 150 words) by 15 January 2023. Click here to submit your abstract.

    The articles are short opinion pieces of a maximum of 800 words. The retained authors will be notified by 20 January and the deadline for the submission of the article is 20 February 2023.

    Contact: Trine Jensen orGiorgio Marinoni




  • The IAU 16th General Conference took place in Dublin in October. Discover the Conference outcomes

    The 16th IAU General Conference took place at University College Dublin, Ireland, on 25 – 28 October. 2022 IAU was pleased to welcome over 300 participants from all world regions, 86 countries, 131 institutions and organisations to this event.

    IAU, the global voice of higher education, called on its Members and the extended global higher education community to rethink and reimagine higher education for the future.

    We are very pleased to announce that a new IAU Administrative Board 2022-2026 was elected.
    Learn more here.

    Discover the photos from the event #IAUDublin2022 at this link.

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  • New IAU Policy Statement

    During a time that has seen an unprecedented acceleration of digital transformation at universities around the world, the IAU is pleased to announce the official endorsement of the new IAU Policy Statement on Transforming Higher Education in a Digital World for the Global Common Good at the IAU 16th General Conference (25-28 October 2022).

    This Policy Statement outlines essential values and principles that must underpin the digital transformation. The work on the policy statement began in 2018 when an Expert Advisory Group (EAG) was established, bringing together experts and Administrative Board members from different regions of the world. This group steered the development of the statement, with numerous exchanges on priorities to be outlined and the essential values and principles common to all, irrespective of backgrounds and local contexts.

    The Policy Statement has gone through an extensive consultative process from a Membership consultation where all IAU Members were invited to provide comments and feedback, to consultation with student leaders and associations to ensure that student perspectives were well addressed; we are grateful to all those who took part and contributed to the development of the Policy Statement.

    In brief, IAU will continue to nurture a shared commitment to build a humanistic, ethical, inclusive and purpose-based digital transformation of higher education for the global common good and the Policy Statement will guide the work of the IAU in the area of digital transformation as part of its new Strategy 2030.

    Click here to read the Policy Statement.

    Contact: Trine Jensen




  • The latest issue of IAU Horizons

    IAU is pleased to announce the release the new edition of IAU Horizons (vol 27, n° 2). The first part of the magazine contains information about IAU initiatives, events and strategic priorities. The In Focus section is devoted to the theme of the IAU 16th General Conference: Relevance and Value of Universities to Future Society.

    Authors from all regions of the world, representing different institutions and organizations, have accepted this bold challenge of outlining what they believe is essential for the future of universities. The collection of 22 articles brings together a variety of different perspectives, ideas and challenges. It presents priorities and solutions from multiple angles, yet what they all share is the unwavering belief that universities constitute an essential pillar in society.

    They demonstrate the complex and intertwined processes that take place simultaneously and contribute to the continuous shaping of higher education. They offer thought-provoking perspectives and warn us that the overarching value of higher education in society reveals itself in demonstrating not only what universities are good at, but what they are good for. Although the challenges and solutions may be different from one institution to another, from one country to another, the collection of these diverse voices gives us ample indication of what is at stake for the future of higher education.

    Download the electronic version of the magazine here.

    The hard copy is sent to all IAU Members

    Contact: Trine Jensen




  • MRU Honorary Doctorate Awarded to IAU President Prof. Dr. Fredman

    The Senate of Mykolas Romeris University (MRU) has agreed to confer an honorary doctorate to International Association of Universities (IAU) President Prof. Dr. Pam Fredman, IAU President.

    The MRU Honorary Doctorate is awarded for a significant contribution to increasing the role of higher education in the processes of strengthening democracy and sustainable development of society, forming an education and science policy based on humanism, promoting equal opportunities for all to pursue education, reducing regional and social segregation in education and in the field of science.

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  • IAU Updates - EAIE Conference, 2022 MCO and the TES next week

    EAIE Conference in Barcelona

    As a facilitator and promoter of internationalization in the higher education sector, IAU participated in several sessions at the EAIE 2022 Conference in Barcelona on 13-16 September.

    Giorgio Marinoni, Manager, HE and Internationalization, joined Maia Gelashvili, CIHE - Boston College, and Adriana Marroquin Rodriguez, OISE, University of Toronto, in the session The future of internationalisation after Covid-19 on 15 September.
    EAIE Conference 13-16 September

    Dr van‘t Land, IAU Secretary General, joined one of the EAIE 2022 Critical Conversations: When values collide on Thursday 15 September.

    2022 MCO International Conference

    The Magna Charta Observatory’s yearly international conference 2022 MCO took place on 14 - 16 September 2022 in Bologna, Italy, with the theme Universities engaging with society in turbulent times. Andreas Corcoran, IAU Deputy Secretary-General, represented the IAU alongside IAU Members and chaired the World Café sessions on University engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals. 2022 MCO coincided with an annual ceremony celebrating the growing number of rectors who have signed the Magna Charta Universitatum. The Magna Charta Observatory’s international conference addresses current challenges in upholding fundamental values and serving society responsibly.

    IAU present at the TES

    The Secretary-General of the United Nations convened the Transforming Education Summit (TES) during the UN General Assembly in New York this month. Trine Jensen, IAU Manager, Digital Transformation and Higher Education, will present in the session: Transforming Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The SDG Academy organized the session in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Ireland and Ghana. IAU also participated in the TES Pre-Summit at the UNESCO headquarters in June.

    Also in New York, this time at Columbia University, the SDSN Leadership Council Meeting: Tech Innovation for Education and Training, a hybrid event, will take place on 19 September. Trine Jensen will be one of the panellists at this event, moderated by Patrick Paul Walsh, Vice President of Education and Director of the SDG Academy at UN SDSN and Professor at IAU Member UCD, Ireland.




  • IAU-UOC PUBLICATION: Improving Online Teaching: Practical Guide for Quality Online Education

    In complement to the IAU-UOC Innovative Education for Unshaped Futures (IE4UF) Series, IAU is happy to announce the publication of Improving Online Teaching: Practical Guide for Quality Online Education. After two years of pandemic related educational disruption, the need for strong and sustainable digital solutions for higher education is critically clear. The IAU-UOC collaboration to study the effects of and necessary solutions for online higher education learning has culminated in the publication.




  • UNESCO Transforming Education Pre-Summit

    On 28-30 June, IAU attended the UNESCO Transforming Education Pre-Summit to represent the voice of higher education. IAU staff took part in the global dialogue on the actions needed to reinvigorate progress towards SDG4, reinforce lessons learnt during the pandemic, and reimagine education systems in a post-COVID world. Members of the IAU Global Cluster on HESD actively participated in this event.

    On 30 June, Trine Jensen, IAU Manager Digital Transformation in and of Higher Education, spoke in the session on Transforming Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) with FAIR OEERs, Digital Innovation, and Diamond Partnerships. The Summit united speakers from the UN, government, academia and the private sector to discuss the importance of Digital Innovation and Diamond Partnerships around FAIR Open Educational Resource Repositories (OERRs). Recommendations will be made on implementing these initiatives as the basis for achieving SDG Target 4.7, creating access to SDG education and training at any stage of life around the world.

    Furthermore, the Pre-Summit presented an opportunity to exchange with colleagues from the IAU Global Cluster on HESD, including from the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) and York University, and partnering organizations such as the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).

    Photo (left to right): Gemma Xarles, Director of the Globalization and Cooperation, Katrin Kohl, Executive Coordinator, York University, Charles Hopkins, UNESCO Chair, York University, Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Secretary General, Pastora Martínez Samper, Vice President for Globalization and Cooperation, UOC, Isabel Toman, IAU Programme Officer, Sustainable Development, Giorgio Marinoni, Manager, HE and Internationalization policy and projects

    ©IAU 2022




  • Analysis francophone and francophile HEIs answers

    5th Global Survey on the Internationalization of HE:
    Analysis francophone and francophile HEIs answers

    IAU and the Academy for Research and Higher Education (ARES) joined forces to conduct a comparative analysis of general global trends observed within francophone institutions and francophile institutions. This collaboration follows the 5th Global Survey on the Internationalization of Higher Education completed by the IAU in 2019.

    The report highlights differences between the trends found in the francophone/francophile target group and the overall global or regional trends detailed in the IAU report and also between the francophone and francophile sub-groups. The 5th IAU Global Survey collected 907 replies, with 254 answers from francophone and francophile institutions. The analysis described in this report is based on these 254 answers. The report is available in French for download.




  • IAU at the UN HLPF

    HLPF 2022 takes place between 5 to 15 July with the theme “Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The HLPF will review in-depth Sustainable Development Goals 4 on quality education, 5 on gender equality, 14 on life below water, 15 on life on land, and 17 on partnerships for the Goals.

    IAU will continue to engage around the HLPF this year, virtually for side-events as announced by UN DESA. The Association has also co-organized a UNITAR workshop with ACU/AUF, SDSN/Global Schools, My World Mexico, and York University on Transformative Education, Digital Learning, and Partnerships toward a more Sustainable and Equitable Future. The workshop will be moderated by Hilligje van’t Land, PhD, IAU Secretary-General.

    Learn more about IAU at HLPF 2022 and our strategic priority on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD).

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