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  • 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].


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  • IAU Webinar Series - The Future of Higher Education

  • 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

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    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.


  • Deadline extended! Call For Papers: IAU – E4J Grants Programme for Young Researchers

    IAU - UNODC joint call for papers for young researchers working on issues related to SDG 16: peace, justice and strong institutions

    The International Association of Universities (IAU) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) are delighted to announce the launch of the IAU – E4J Paper Competition for Young Researchers: Higher Education engages with SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, within the framework of the Education for Justice (E4J) initiative. This grants programme aims to support young scholars (up to the age of 35 years) to conduct research on topics related to SDG 16 and the rule of law, to provide them with a platform to present their research, and to foster networking between young scholars working on related themes at the international level, while at the same time strengthening cooperation between academia and the United Nations.

    Interested young scholars are invited to submit a short paper outlining the core idea latest by Sunday, 14 March 2021. Only authors of selected abstracts will be notified latest by 19 March 2021. Full papers (6000-8000 words, including graphs and tables, excluding references) need to be submitted by 23 April 2021. All submissions will undergo review by a team of academics selected by UNODC and IAU. Up to 15 proposals will be accepted, and each selected proposal will receive 500 US$ upon submission of the full paper. Authors will be recognised in a press release and the awarded papers will be featured in a special issue of the IAU HESD publication series on SDG16.

    Please carefully consult the eligibility criteria, submission and selection process. Incomplete submissions will be disregarded.

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  • Second IAU Global Survey on the Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education

    Participate in the Second IAU Global Survey on the Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education

    We are pleased to announce the launch of the Second IAU Global Survey on the Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education around the World.

    Through this Survey, IAU endeavours to raise concerns of universities and higher education institutions in the current context by providing evidence-based data to underline the seriousness of the impact of COVID-19 on higher education and society. The results will feed into the UNESCO World Higher Education Conference 2021 – a multi-stakeholder intergovernmental event aimed at defining the future of higher education.

    Deadline to respond: Thursday, 15 April 2021. Should you have any questions, please contact Giorgio Marinoni.



  • Contribute to the Next Edition of IAU Horizons

    Contribute to the Next Edition of IAU Horizons

    The In Focus section of the next issue of IAU Horizons will be dedicated to the topic Democratizing Knowledge: Open Science in a Closed World?

    In these unprecedented times, the use of digital technologies in higher education has increased massively. The question then arises whether the process of discovery and development of solutions around the world could be accelerated if scientific results and data were shared more openly. Has the current context accelerated progress towards more Open Science initiatives? What opportunities and challenges can one expect moving forward? Who are or should be the key actors of transformation in the field and what levels of action or systemic changes are required if Open Science is to move from ideal to action within universities?

    We invite Higher Education leaders to share your thoughts and opinions on the subject by submitting a paper, which will be featured in the magazine. Please send your expression of interest in submitting a paper to Trine Jensen by Friday, 19 February. This should include a brief abstract outlining the scope and angle of the proposed article. Authors retained for publication will be informed by Wednesday, 24 February.

    The articles are short opinion pieces of maximum 800 words. Deadline for submission of contributions is Monday, 15 March. More information available here.

  • Read the Celebratory Edition of IAU Horizons

    Special Edition of IAU Horizons

    On 9 December 2020, we celebrated the 70th Anniversary of the International Association of Universities! Within the context of ongoing festivities, we are pleased to present this collector’s edition of IAU Horizons – a special issue dedicated to each of the remarkable seven decades that paved the way to what IAU has become today, also featuring a series of papers by Higher Education leaders from around the world on Imagining Higher Education in a Post-pandemic World.


  • Celebrating 70 Years of Higher Education Cooperation with the IAU

    IAU turns 70!

    On 9 December 2020, we celebrated 70 Years of the International Association of Universities! A special webinar was organized on the occasion, reflecting on the past seven decades of global higher education collaboration, as well as looking into the future to continue our efforts towards stronger, more accessible and inclusive higher education systems all over the world. A recording of the entire session will be made available soon.

    We are also delighted to launch this brand-new platform showcasing video messages on International Higher Education Cooperation shared by IAU Members, partners, and friends as part of a festive project initiated by IAU.


  • Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education: Resources

    Update - 24 April 2020

    IAU is closely monitoring the various impacts of COVID-19 on the higher education community. In order to better do so, IAU has developed a Global Survey on the Impact of Covid-19 in Higher Education - the survey is now closed and the data is being analyzed by the IAU team.

    IAU also developed a Resources page (pdf format) to keep our Members and the HE community at large abreast of the latest developments regarding the outbreak. We know institutions around the world are taking critical measures to respond to the current situation. This Resources page will be updated regularly as we gather more information from our Members and from the broader higher education community.

    If you are an IAU Member institution or organisation and have information about your response to Covid-19 that you would like us to share on IAU website, please email it to: [email protected].

    Follow us on Twitter @IAU_IAU and tweet about your institution’s initiatives to fight Covid-19 #IAUCOVID19

  • IAU, ACU and AUF advocate for Higher Education at the Global Education Meeting

    IAU, ACU and AUF contributed a position paper advocating for higher education

    One of IAU’s main missions is to advocate for solid higher education worldwide. IAU and its partners - the Association of Common Wealth Universities (ACU) and the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) - contributed a joint position paper to advocate for higher education and urge UN governments and stakeholders to include higher education in the Global Education Meeting (GEM) Declaration adopted at the GEM Extraordinary session on Education post-COVID-19 on 22 October 2020.

    >> Learn more about the GEM Extraordinary session and read the GEM declaration

    >> Read IAU, ACU & AUF’s position paper

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