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  • Last chance to register for LGEU-5 Canada

    McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, will host the 5th session of the LGEU PROGRAMME. It will take place 13 - 18 May 2018. from LGEU provides an international peer-learning space to help higher education leaders prepare for the multiple and complex responsibilities they take on in a challenging global context. Bringing together an international cohort of university representatives, to recognise and address local and regional opportunities and constraints, each LGEU session also offers a unique opportunity to learn about the local higher education system. Apply to work with colleagues from different institutions and countries. Join the growing LGEU alumni group. The programme is limited to 20 persons - so don’t miss this opportunity!

  • IAU 2018 International Conference - Call for case studies

    IAU 2018 International Conference, co-organized with the University of Malaya, will take place from 13-15 November 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It will be dedicated to the theme Higher education partnership for societal impact.

    IAU believes that higher education institutions (HEIs) play an important role in the development of societies. HEIs engage with society in a variety of ways. Partnerships with civil society, the private sector, local authorities and decision-makers or between HEIs take on numerous forms and shapes. Therefore, the conference will discuss and showcase how universities contribute to societal development around the world.

    IAU is launching a call for case studies to collect innovative partnerships for societal impact pursued by universities and other higher education institutions. Universities, which initiatives will be selected, will be invited to present their work at the conference.

    >> Call for case studies

    Mark your calendar, conference registrations will open on 3 April 2018!

  • IAU Horizons Magazine : Academic Freedom and University Autonomy under Threat

    This issue presents IAU projects and initiatives, focuses on the results of IAU 2017 Conference. It details results and opportunities linked to the IAU key thematic priorities of work; presents the new Members and the various projects IAU is involved in. The In Focus section offers a series of papers on « Academic Freedom and University Autonomy under Threat » of authors from around the world.

    >> Read the magazine
    >> Order printed copy
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  • IAU President & Secretary General at SDG Conference Bergen

    From 8 to 9 February, IAU President (Pam Fredman) and IAU Secretary General (Hilligje van’t Land) took part in the SDG Conference on Knowledge for Our Common Future organized by the University of Bergen in Norway, an IAU member. The objective of the conference was to engage Norway’s research and higher education communities, politicians, government officials, NGOs and industry in a discussion on how universities can contribute towards implementation of the SDGs.

    "It is important that your own institution lives the goals!”, said Pam Fredman IAU President. As former Former Vice-Rector of Gothenburg University in Sweden, Pam Fredman talked about her own experience. She stressed the importance of engaging the whole staff as well as students in order to efficiently implement the SDGs. She invited universities to share successful initiatives to inspire others.

    We must take diversity in culture and knowledge systems into account when working towards the SDGs”, declared Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Secretary General. She stressed that we can only achieve the goals by working together. She reminded that IAU always been committed to sustainable development and that the association will continue to play a key role in supporting higher education institutions to achieve the SDGs.

  • IAU Secretary General at CHEA Conference on Quality Assurance

    Last week, CHEA 2018 Annual Conference & CIQG 2018 Annual Meeting took place in Washington DC, USA. Gathered within a global Forum, Higher education stakeholders debated on Quality assurance.

    Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Secretary General, chaired the session on ’Are Institutional Autonomy and Social Accountability Mutually Exclusive?’.

  • ISAS (2.0) Planning & Strategy : Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology

    Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology is undertaking an ISAS (2.0) Planning and Strategy to put in place an internationalization strategy. The Expert Panel, set up by IAU to provide guidance for the elaboration of the strategy, undertook a site visit to Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) in India. It took place from 17 to 19 January 2018. During the three-day site visit, the Expert Panel consulted with members of the whole academic community of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT). During the next six months, IAU together with the Expert Panel will provide the institution with advice on how to develop their internationalization strategy.

    The Expert Panel, chaired by Eva Egron-Polak (IAU Senior Fellow), comprises Hans-Georg van Liempd (Managing Director, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Tilburg University, The Netherlands), Giorgio Marinoni (IAU Manager, HE and Internationalization Policy and Projects), and Manoranjan Prasad Sinha (Vice-Chancellor, Sido Kanhu Murmu University, Dumka, India).

  • Call for papers for IAU Horizons: Technology in Higher Education

    The next issue of IAU Horizons will focus on: Technology in higher education: opportunities for bridging divides? The rapid development technology and the digital transformation of society bring changes and new opportunities. The ‘In Focus’ section will consider how these changes impact higher education. What are the new opportunities that the digital transformation offer and how can they contribute to bridging rather than exacerbating already existing divides at the international, national and local level.

    IAU Members and beyond are invited to submit a paper sharing their experiences and views on the topic. Please send an email to IAU to indicate your interest and specify which aspect of the topic you wish to address.

    • Deadline for expression of interest: 5 March 2018
    • Deadline for full paper (max 800 words): 26 March 2018

    Contact: Trine Jensen

  • IAU Annual Report 2017 is now available

    The latest IAU Annual report will provide you with a yearly overview of IAU work, including both the IAU 16th General Conference in Thailand and the IAU 2017 International Conference in Ghana.

    Read IAU Annual Report 2017


    The latest edition of Higher Education Policy (HEP), IAU’s quarterly peer-reviewed journal has just been released. A special edition, entitled The Role of Higher Education in the Socio-Economic Development of Peripheral Regions, it features papers looking at developments and issues in two distinct national settings within a broader European context, namely Norway and Czech Republic. Papers include a literature review and framework of analysis, the role of institutions in fostering industry clusters in peripheral regions, lifelong learning, cultural preconditions, and third mission.

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  • New Publication IAU-UNESCO IIEP: Quality Management in Higher Education

    The UNESCO Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP-UNESCO), in collaboration with the International Association of Universities (IAU), has just published Quality Management in higher education: Developments and drivers. This publication fills a knowledge gap on the state of quality management in higher education institutions. The Authors, Michaela Martin and Shreya Parikh, draw on the responses of over 300 institutions worldwide to map recent developments, drivers, and obstacles in quality management today. As the first truly global survey of its kind, it provides first-hand primary data on this salient issue in higher education reform.

    Decision-makers in higher education are increasingly seeking models for state-of-the-art quality management systems, which can help pave the way to improved academic quality and graduate employability. This publication explains the dynamics of quality management, including its various actors, structures, tools, and much more, from a global perspective. Its wealth of insight aims at supporting the implementation of policies enabling higher education to act as a driver for socioeconomic progress and overall sustainable development.

    This publication is part of a larger international IIEP research project helping countries develop stronger capacities for more effective quality assurance. It follows the publication of eight case studies from universities with innovative practices who share in great detail the evolution and impact of their quality management systems.

    The publication i available in print, and online on the IIEP-UNESCO website.

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