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  • IAU Webinar Series on the Future of Higher Education!

    The International Association of Universities, in collaboration with the Boston College Center for International Higher Education, conducted a first series of three webinars on the future of higher education in the light of the global COVID-19 crisis. A new webinar series will take place in June - more information will be available soon.

    If you did not have a chance to attend the webinars you can access the presentations and recordings below:

    Session #1 (05/05/20): The future of higher education: short, medium and long-term perspectives around the world
    - Speakers: Roberta Bassett, World Bank Group; Ahmed Bawa, CEO of Universities South Africa; Ellen Hazelkorn, HE consultant
    - Download presentation / Watch recording

    Session #2 (12/05/20): The future of higher education: short, medium and long-term perspectives in mid- and low-income countries
    - Speakers: Marcelo Knobel, Rector, University of Campinas, Brazil; Eden Woon, President, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand; Wondwosen Tamarat, President founder, St. Mary University, Ethiopia
    - Download presentation / Watch the recording

    Session #3 (19/05/20):The future of internationalisation of higher education: short, medium and long-term perspectives
    - Speakers: Marta Losada, Dean of Science, New York University in Abu Dhabi; Saburo Aoki, Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba; Eva Egron-Polak, IAU Senior Fellow and former Secretary General
    - Download presentation / Watch the recording

    For more information, please contact Giorgio Marinoni [email protected]

    All presentations and recordings from previous webinars are available here.

  • IAU Offers Free Access to the WHED and HEDBIB!

    In these times of global health crisis due to COVID-19, IAU wishes to show its solidarity and support to the higher education community by offering free access to the advanced search function of the World Higher Education Database [1] and the International Bibliographic Database on Higher Education [2] which are normally reserved to IAU Members only, until the end of August 2020.

    Use the credentials below and explore all assets of the WHED and HEDBIB!

    Login: FreeAccess
    Password: IAU2020

    A short survey is also available here to help improve the WHED. Your opinion matters, please share it with IAU!

    [1] The IAU World Higher Education Database (WHED) is a unique online reference portal that provides authoritative information on some 19,400 accredited higher education institutions and on higher education systems and degrees in 196 countries and territories. The WHED has been developed and maintained in collaboration with UNESCO. It is also an important tool for the implementation of the UNESCO Global Convention on the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications.

    [2] The International Bibliographic Database on Higher Education (HEDBIB) is a unique resource of references and publications on higher education systems, administration, planning, policy and evaluation from around the world.

  • IAU releases Global Survey Report on Impact of Covid-19 in Higher Education

    The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented health and socio-economic crisis which will mark our times for long. It has thus also severely impacted the entire higher education sector around the world. In order to deliver an overview of the state of play worldwide, IAU launched a Global Survey on the impact of COVID-19 in March 2020.

    The IAU Global Survey on the Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education around the World was conducted online from 25 March to 17 April 2020. It received 576 replies from 424 universities and other Higher Education Institutions based in 111 countries and territories, especially thanks to Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), European University Association (EUA), Consejo Interuniversitario Nacional (CIN) in Argentina and the Hungarian Rectors Conference and Higher School of Economics in Moscow, which provided much appreciated assistance by promoting the questionnaire among their Members.

    Results of the survey were analysed both at the global level and at the regional level in four regions of the world (the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe).


  • IAU Horizons: the New Edition is Out!

    The latest issue of IAU Horizons (25.1) has just been published.

    This issue offers detailed information about IAU’s most recent activities and suggests ways to get involved. It also presents the highlights of the 2019 International Conference that took place in Puebla, Mexico on 13-15 November, as well as the topic of the upcoming 16th General Conference in Dublin, Ireland on 26-29 October 2021 and the celebration of IAU’s 70th anniversary.

    The In Focus section features contributions from all world regions on the theme ‘ How funding models are influencing the future of higher education’.

    >> Read the new IAU Horizons

    >> Consult former issues

  • Join UIL Webinar on HEIs supporting local communities during COVID-19

    The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) invites all interested representatives from the higher education sector to a webinar on ’ Higher Education Institutions supporting local communities during COVID-19 ’ on 15 April 2020.

    Many of the 173 UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) members around the world are facing severe challenges due to the coronavirus, including challenges caused by the closure of higher education institutions (HEI). This affects traditional student populations pursuing their undergraduate and postgraduate degrees as well as the ’lifelong learning’ activities of HEIs, including learning provision for local communities and learners of all ages.

    Higher education institutions supporting local communities during COVID-19
    Date: 15 April 2020
    Time: 13:00-14:00h CET
    Login: Please click the following link to join the webinar, Webinar ID: 849 793 306

  • IAU releases 2019 Annual Report

    IAU is pleased to share its 2019 annual report. The report is available in digital format and provides an overview of IAU activities and accomplishments, for the IAU financial year starting on 1 October 2018 and ending on 31 September 2019.
    Download the report.

  • IAU takes active part in the UNESCO Futures of Education project

    In the current context of Covid-19 pandemic, the future of education is more than ever a question to be addressed. The UNESCO Futures of Education initiative is thus particularly relevant as it aims to rethink education and shape the future of humanity. IAU was pleased to take part in the first virtual Advisory Board Meeting on 12 March 2020. Dr. Hilligje van’t Land, Secretary General of IAU, reminded participants that “values need to underpin the education we want.”

    The UNESCO Futures of Education initiative was launched in September 2019 with the intent to open broad global consultations, foster co-creation, catalyze collective intelligence and generate global and inclusive debates on various education-related themes. In the context of this comprehensive initiative, a global report on the Futures of Education will be released in November 2021.

    More info about the UNESCO Futures of Education:

  • Covid-19 : Enquête mondiale et ressources pour les Membres de l’AIU

    L’AIU surveille de près les divers impacts du Covid-19 sur la communauté de l’enseignement supérieur. Dans cette optique, l’AIU a développé une enquête mondiale sur l’impact du Covid-19. Partagez votre expérience avec la communauté, répondez à l’enquête ! (Disponible en français, anglais et espagnol)

    L’AIU a aussi développé une page de ressources(pdf) pour garder les Membres de l’AIU et toute la communauté de l’enseignement supérieur informés des derniers développements mis en place pendant la pandémie. Nous savons que les université à travers le monde prennent des mesures critiques pour répondre à la situation actuelle. Cette page de ressources sera mise à jour régulièrement au fur et à mesure que nous récoltons plus d’informations.

    Si vous êtes Membre de l’AIU et que vous souhaitez partager les mesures prises par votre établissement pour lutter contre le Covid-19 sur le site de l’AIU, envoyez un email à : [email protected].

    Suivez-nous sur Twitter @IAU_IAU et utilisez #IAUCOVID19 dans vos tweets.

  • IAU’s 70th anniversary celebratory book: call for contributions!

    2020 is a very special year for the International Association of Universities as it marks its 70th anniversary! To celebrate these 70 years of international collaboration, IAU wishes to publish a collection of essays focusing on relevant themes and challenges in higher education by revisiting the past, analyzing the present, and looking into the future.

    To participate in this unique project, submit your abstract by 10 April 2020!

  • IAU 16th General Conference 2020 : call for contributions

    Updated: 02-Apr-20

    IAU is pleased to announce the 16th IAU General Conference to be held at University College Dublin in Ireland, from November 3-6, 2020. The theme of the conference is ’Relevance and value of universities to future society.’ Registrations will open in May 2020. IAU invites you to contribute to the break-out sessions by submitting a proposal by 15 May 2020 (new deadline) on one the following questions which will be discussed during the conference:

    1. Do the fundamental principles thought to underpin higher education in 1950 remain relevant today? What are the challenges facing university autonomy, academic freedom and scientific integrity, and how can they be addressed?
    2. How can universities contribute to the creation of a sustainable global society?
    3. How do we ensure that universities provide individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to become the leaders, critical thinkers, decision-makers, innovators, specialists, researchers and responsible citizens who will build a better future society?
    4. What does the digital transformation of society mean for how universities function as organisations and how they educate their students?
    5. How does internationalization support the relevance of universities to society?
    6. What responsibility do universities have to enhance health and well-being, and how can this responsibility be fulfilled?
    7. What is the role of universities with respect to innovation ecosystems nationally, regionally and globally?

    More info about the conference and the call for proposals here.

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