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  • Change of dates: IAU 2023 International Conference


    - DATE: 25 - 27 November 2023



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

    If you are interested in being part of the programme or have suggestions for topics of sessions/speakers, you are welcome to write to Trine Jensen

  • Accelerating Action for the SDGs - Read the Report of the 3rd IAU Global Survey on HESD now

    The International Association of Universities (IAU) is pleased to launch the report of the third global survey on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD) , which was conducted in 2022.

    In total, 464 valid responses from higher education institutions in 120 countries were collected. The findings show that higher education and partnerships are essential to address the global challenges identified in the UN Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to build a more sustainable future together. Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are in a unique position to foster the engagement with sustainable development (SD) taking a whole-institution approach to Teaching and Learning, Research and Community Engagement.

    Furthermore, the survey looked closer at partnerships, leadership and strategy for SD and the relatively new concept of Climate Change Education (CCE). This report provides data and thus shows the global commitment and responsibilities of many HEIs towards the 2030 Agenda and SD more generally.

    The survey was conducted in collaboration with the following partners:

    • ASEF (Asia-Europe Foundation)
    • Crue (Conferencia de Rectores de Universidades Españolas)
    • MECCE (The Monitoring and Evaluating Climate Communication and Education Project)

    >>> Download the Report here

    The virtual launch event on 31st January presented the report and experts from different countries were invited to discuss the results and its implications for universities working with sustainable development, in particular the SDGs. The recording of the session can be found here on the IAU Youtube channel.

    Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD) has been a key priority for the International Association of Universities since 1993. Over the last few years, sustainable development has become increasingly important, not only for the Association and Higher Education but for societies globally.

    For any comments or questions, please contact Isabel Toman

  • 6th IAU Global Survey on internationalization launched!

    The IAU has officially launched the 6th iteration of the Global Survey on Internationalization: The Future of Internationalization of Higher Education!

    The success of the Global Survey depends on the participation of universities and other Higher Education Institutions around the world.
    Take this occasion to share your perspective on internationalization in a new era and contribute to a major global research project.
    The sixth IAU Global Survey is an institutional survey. For this reason, only one comprehensive answer is needed per institution which represents the perspective of the institution as a whole. Therefore, we invite you to see this as a project and to coordinate internally before replying to the survey.

    In order to gather the necessary information before replying to the online survey, you can use the PDF version of the questionnaire.

    Once you have gathered all necessary information, you can reply to the online survey HERE

    The deadline to complete the survey is Friday 31 March 2023

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

  • 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.

    Learn more about the 16th IAU General Conference

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    Read more

  • 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

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