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  • 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).

  • Global Forum 2022

    As part of the Global Cooperation for the Democratic Mission of Higher Education, IAU will co-organise the Higher Education Leadership for Democracy, Sustainability, and Social Justice global forum hosted 16-17 June 2022 at Dublin City University.

    The Global Cooperation for the Democratic Mission of Higher Education works to build a global movement to fulfil higher education’s democratic mission and strengthen the role of higher education. It does this by in developing, maintaining, and sustaining democracy on campus, in the community, and the wider society. The cooperation comprises four pillar organizations: the Council of Europe (CoE); the IAU; the International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility, and Democracy; and the Organization of American States.

    The Global Cooperation has undertaken cross-national research projects. Member states have taken on research projects and joint meetings to share best practices to advance higher education’s contributions to the development of democratic societies. The 2022 Global Forum is the seventh global forum and will result in a volume of the CoE higher education series.

  • IAU at the UNESCO #WHEC2022

    The third UNESCO World Higher Education Conference took place in Barcelona on 18-20 May 2022. The conference provided an opportunity to deepen and expand joint knowledge production, policy dialogue, exchange, and networking.

    The IAU engaged with HE stakeholders worldwide and shared our expertise on strategic issues for higher education and society. In addition, the Association actively contributed to the UNESCO WHEC 2022 by offering university perspectives on selected themes. You will find all this and more in our dedicated webpage on the IAU website.

  • The latest issue of IAU Horizons offers...

    The latest issue of IAU Horizons contains an in-depth look at the theme of the IAU 16th General Conference, ’Relevance and Value of Universities to Future Society’ and the elections for the IAU Administrative Board 2022-2026 at the conference. Additional topics cover IAU strategic priorities on internationalization, HESD and digital transformation.

    The In Focus section features a rich selection of papers on the overarching WHEC2022 theme — ‘Reinventing Higher Education for a Sustainable Future’. The papers will take you from East to West, from South to North. This ’journey’ will demonstrate the diversity and specificity of the contexts in which we operate and illustrate similarities in the challenges confronting us and the opportunities we are leveraging.

    Read the magazine

  • IAU’s statement on the recent developments in Ukraine

    The International Association of Universities (IAU) is strongly committed to the promotion of international dialogue and collaboration. The Association respects diverse perspectives and promotes social responsibility and academic values. IAU is deeply concerned about the war unfolding in Ukraine and the escalation of violence. As stated by the UN Secretary General such operations are violations of the territorial integrity and sovereignty and are inconsistent with the Charter of the United Nations.

    With UNESCO, IAU calls for respect for international humanitarian law and the protection of teachers, educators, schools and university personnel and for the right to education to be upheld. We stand by the universities around the world as they build bridges for peace and understanding through teaching, research and community engagement; we stand by the universities in countries at war. IAU Members are assisting students and staff stranded in foreign countries everywhere around the world. We place our hope in education and research, in academic diplomacy, in free speech, human rights and democracy. These are essential foundations for building a better future and contribute to the protection of civilians and society at large.

  • Call for proposals for the IAU General Conference open!

    The call for proposals for the IAU 16th General Conference is open! The submission deadline is 15 April 2022.
    The event, hosted by University College Dublin (UCD), addresses the theme: Relevance and Value of Universities to Future Society. Learn more

  • Higher Education One Year into the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Tuesday, 1 March | 13:30 - 15:00 UTC | 14:30 - 16:00 CET

    In February 2021, one year into the pandemic, the IAU launched the second edition of The Global Survey on The Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education to monitor the situation. This webinar officially launches the report, presenting an overview and focusing on the main results of the survey.

    Download the Report

  • Call for Papers: IAU Horizons Magazine - Reinventing Higher Education?

    Call for Papers: Reinventing Higher Education?

    In May 2022 UNESCO is convening the third World Higher Education Conference (WHEC2022)) under the overarching theme: Reinventing Higher Education for a Sustainable Future.

    The conference concept note introduces the very complex context in which higher education institutions operate worldwide. This context is one of rapidly changing economies, one faced with important environmental challenges, one shaped by the rapid pace of technological developments.

    These are just some of the current trends that require new solutions to shape a sustainable future. In this rapidly changing context, the: “WHEC2022 aims to break away from the traditional models of higher education, opening doors to new, innovative, creative, and visionary conceptions that not only serve current agendas for sustainable development but also pave the way for future learning”.

    The assumption is that a new vision is needed, a reinvention of what higher education will mean in the future and for society’s future. UNESCO is framing the conversation around the following questions: If higher education and the university appeared today – What would they look like? Who would participate and complete their higher education? How would participants learn? Where would they learn? What knowledge, skills, competencies, and values would they need to develop to work, become global citizens, and live with dignity? What would meaningful research and knowledge production involve? Who would guide these changes: institutional leaders, policy makers, researchers, students, professors, employers, community leaders, civil society groups?

    The UNESCO World Higher Education Conference is a multi-stakeholder event, yet, it remains a governmental process. As such, the International Association of Universities (IAU) contributes to this conversation and discussion in the next In Focus section of the Association’s magazine, IAU Horizons, by offering university perspectives on the selected themes.

    What needs to change to shape higher education for the future? How would you reinvent higher education? Or question the need to reinvent it? What are the key issues that policy makers must address when they discuss and re-imagine higher education? This is an opportunity for Members worldwide to contribute to the conversation about the future of higher education, which will be part of the IAU response to the World Higher Education Conference.

    The articles can address issues related to the governance of higher education at the national or international policy level or discuss topics to be addressed at the institutional level.

    Contribute to shaping the conversation on the future of higher education by sharing your aspirations and views or by identifying key challenges. Please submit a short abstract (100 words) explaining the focus of the article.

    The deadline for the expression of interest is 15 January 2022. The articles are short opinion pieces of a maximum of 800 words. They are to be submitted to IAU no later than 15 February 2022.

    Submit the expression of interest here

    For any questions, please contact Trine Jensen

    Explore Past Issues

  • 2020- 2021 IAU Annual Report now available

    The IAU Annual Report provides an overview of our activities and initiatives developed in 2020-2021, together with relevant facts and figures.

    This Annual Report illustrates the quality services and opportunities to engage with the global higher education community IAU Members receive under the four pillars of Leadership, Internationalization, Sustainable Development, and Digital Transformation. These include the launch of the 2nd Global Survey, the drafting of a new policy statement on Transforming Higher Education in The Digital World and the advancement of Agenda 2030 through the global IAU Cluster on Higher Education for Sustainable Development (HESD). You will find details on all our actions, which we continue to build, and in which your voice and participation are welcome.

    The report also details our accomplishments during the 70 years celebrations of IAU as the voice of higher education. The year also brought challenges with the ongoing pandemic and possibilities for IAU to adapt, change and grow our global presence.

    Download the 2020 - 2021 IAU Annual Report in pdf format

  • AUN, EUA, and IAU call for continuation and enhancement of the ASEM Education Process

    On 13-15 December, IAU will participate in the 8th Asia Europe Education Ministers Meeting (ASEMME8) under the theme “ASEM Education 2030: Towards more resilient, prosperous and sustainable futures” as well as the preparatory 2nd Senior Officials Meeting (SOM2). Both events are hosted virtually by the Government of Thailand. On this occasion, the ASEAN University Network (AUN), the European University Association (EUA) and the International Association of Universities (IAU), reiterate their commitment towards the ASEM Education Process and call for its continuation and enhancement. Read more

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