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  • The Promise of Higher Education: Essays in Honour of 70 Years of IAU

  • IAU Webinar Series - The Future of Higher Education

  • Call for Papers: IAU Horizons Magazine

    Call for Papers: Leadership for a Sustainable Future – Higher Education and Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals

    The In Focus section of the upcoming IAU Horizons Vol. 26, No. 2, Autumn 2021 will be dedicated to the topic Leadership for a Sustainable Future – Higher Education and Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. Drawing on the vast experience and expertise of Members of the IAU network, featured papers will demonstrate the crucial role of academic leadership in mainstreaming sustainable development.

    2021 is a critical year for higher education and Agenda 2030, including the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Indeed, we are ten years away from the deadline set for Agenda 2030 and much remains to be done. With the world facing various crises bringing a multitude of challenges and opportunities, universities have a leading role to play in this global endeavour to implement the SDGs. Through education, research, campus initiatives, community engagement activities and campaigns at a local, national, regional, and global level, universities are the key to healthier, greener, fairer, and more inclusive societies.

    The decade of action which started this year calls for strong partnerships towards achieving the Goals. Effective engagement among higher education leadership and constructive cooperation rather than competition among universities and other HEIs as well as with HE stakeholders and partners will contribute towards paving a sustainable way forward.

    We therefore call upon higher education leaders to share their ideas and opinions on the subject. Interested authors are invited to share their leadership initiatives, strategic practices for SD and the impact on their institutions, with a focus on whole institution approaches to SD, leadership dynamics within the institution including academic and administrative staff, researchers, project leaders, as well as student leaders, since both bottom-up and top-down processes will help inspire readers to connect and get involved more actively.

    The articles are short opinion pieces of maximum 800 words. Please send your expression of interest to Trine Jensen by Friday, 6 August including a brief abstract (about 100 words) outlining the scope and angle of the proposed article. Authors retained for publication will be informed in the week of 23 August.

    Deadline for submission of final contributions is Wednesday, 15 September.

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  • IAU-UOC IE4UF Series

    IAU and UOC present a new Series on Digital Transformation

    IAU and Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) have partnered to develop Innovative Education for Unshaped Futures (IE4UF) – a series of sessions to explore the digital transformation of higher education brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is divided into 6 1-hour chapters exploring different levels of change, followed by a policy dialogue diving deeper into the more specific aspects of the topic.


  • New Internationalization Partnership Development Grant

    IAU is pleased to announce a new Partnership Development Grant awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

    A new Partnership Development Grant awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) brings together The Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) at Boston College, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto, and the IAU.

    Led by Project Director Dr. Elizabeth Buckner, an Assistant Professor in Higher Education at the University of Toronto, this Future of Internationalization Partnership (FIP) aims to deepen theoretical understanding of how internationalization is changing in response to global pressures.

    Through mixed methods research, the three-year project will design a new survey module on external pressures to internationalization and conduct case studies of institutional innovations. The project will also engage scholars and practitioners to discuss effective, equitable, and sustainable forms of internationalization in higher education. One of the most important aspects of the grant will be to translate research findings into profiles of good practice and resources for institutional leaders.

    SSHRC Partnership Development Grants provide one to three years of support to institutional and organizational partners to foster innovative research, training and the co-creation of new knowledge, while promoting quality training, mentoring and employability opportunities for students and emerging scholars.

    Click here for more information about the Partnership Development Grant.

  • Learn more about higher education’s role in sustainable development

    IAU is proud to have contributed to the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development

    To achieve a more sustainable world, education needs to engage fully with Agenda 2030 and the sustainable development goals; higher education’s role in this respect is crucial.

    The UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development was held as a virtual conference from 17 to 19 May 2021, organised in cooperation with and supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany, and with the German Commission for UNESCO as an advisory partner. It looked at how education could best be harnessed to address interconnected global challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, green and circular economies - and participants were called upon to commit to the Berlin Declaration on Education for Sustainable Development that outlines a range of policy measures encompassing teaching, learning, professional training and civic engagement. The Declaration was officially adopted by UNESCO during the Conference.


    IAU led the session on higher education’s role for ESD and its link to the UN SDGs. In this session, university representatives, including those from the IAU Global HESD Cluster and IAU partners, presented wholistic institution approaches to sustainable development and the role of associations and alliances. Building on the discussion in previous sessions, this session focused on concrete ESD actions that could be undertaken by specific stakeholder groups around the five Priority Action Areas of ESD for 2030 and provided best practices and tools that could facilitate the work of the various stakeholders involved. The session recording will be made available soon on the IAU HESD Portal.

    More information on the IAU global HESD portal.

  • New Book in the Council of Europe’s Higher Education Series

    Get Your Copy of Higher Education’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Building a More Sustainable and Democratic Future

    We invite you to read the book Higher Education’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Building a More Sustainable and Democratic Future , co-edited with the Council of Europe and published in its higher education series. It includes some 31 chapters by more than 40 authors across the globe, including many IAU Members. The book was launched by CoE and IAU during three webinars:

    • A first Webinar as part of the IAU Series: Higher Education’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic on 16 March 2021 - watch recording and read closing remarks by Ira Harkavy, AVP and Founding Director, Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania; Chair, International Consortium.
    • Launch Webinar in Ireland on 21 April 2021, with opening remarks by Minister for Higher Education, Simon Harris, on the role and contributions of HE to society - watch recording.
    • Launch in Latin America, in Spanish, on 21 April 2021 - watch recording.

    In addition, the publication was also announced in University World News.


  • Read the new edition of our biannual magazine - IAU Horizons

    Presenting the new issue of IAU Horizons and inviting you to a launch webinar on 18 May

    The magazine presents you with a series of articles related to the IAU key priority areas of work, including new projects and initiatives.

    In particular the In Focus section of this volume is dedicated to the theme Democratising Knowledge: Open Science in a Closed World? and features a series of thought-provoking papers discussing different aspects of Open Science from the perspective of universities around the world. This resonates with the preparation by UNESCO of a Recommendation on Open Science representing a global commitment towards the subject, while also contributing to creating a common understanding of what it implies.

    The magazine was officially launched in a webinar on Open Science in a Closed World co-organised by IAU and the Center for International Higher Education (CIHE), Boston College, on 18 May. Four of the authors who have contributed to the magazine shared their thoughts on the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead on the road to Open Science.



    CALL FOR PAPERS: Leadership for a Sustainable Future

  • ISAS Impact Evaluation Survey 2020 Report

    ISAS Impact Evaluation Survey Report is now available

    Conducted in partnership between IAU and the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College, the ISAS impact evaluation study investigates the efficacy of the Internationalization Strategy Advisory Services (ISAS) and its successor ISAS (2.0) on internationalization initiatives at higher education institutions. Research objectives of this study are three-fold:
    1) To identify progress institutions have made at the suggestion of ISAS;
    2) To identify the reason for gaps between recommendations and implementation, defined as barriers to internationalization;
    3) To analyze and share results that inform the development of IAU’s future advisory services.

    Twelve of the 17 institutions that undertook an ISAS or ISAS (2.0) service participated in the study. The results show that all of them found ISAS to be useful in advancing their internationalization initiatives, which is a clear endorsement of the program on their part. In their quest for internationalization, all institutions inevitably face challenges. Overcoming those challenges requires a clear, strategic approach, one that is responsive and in alignment with the core mission and values of the institution. IAU through its advisory services stands ready to help institutions in refining or progressing their internationalization priorities built on an inclusive, fair, and ethical process.

    For further details, please contact Giorgio Marinoni at [email protected].


  • New Publication on SDG 5: Gender Equality

    On the occasion of International Women’s Day, IAU presents a new publication focusing on SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

    Gender Equality is a crucial issue for society in the 21st century, with more than half of the world’s population being women. Around the globe, universities and other higher education institutions, their leadership, academic and administrative staff, and students, are increasingly mobilised for the United Nations Agenda 2030 and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDG 5, in particular, is receiving more and more attention, due to its crucial role for the advancement of all of the SDGs and society. IAU and the University of Bologna, Italy, SDG 5 Lead in the IAU Global HESD Cluster, have jointly collected examples of best practices undertaken by universities around the world on this topic. The publication is part of a series of publications on university actions for the SDGs, with the overall aim of building new synergies and capacities to act while informing higher education more broadly. Furthermore, it provides evidence to policy and other decision makers in order to stress the important role of higher education for the SDGs.


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