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  • New Site Visit : Asian Institute of Technology

    IAU is delighted to announce the second site visit since the launch of the "IAU Institutional Site Visits" programme in 2019. This year, the visit will take place at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok, Thailand on 30 Nov - 3 Dec 2020 and the main topic will be "Social Impact with Innovation".
    Don’t miss out this unique oportunity to discover an innovative institute and learn about leveraging technologies for a sustainable world! Learn more and register here. The site visits are open to IAU Members only.

  • IAU releases new global survey report on HESD

    IAU is delighted to announce the release of its 2nd Global Survey Report on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development conducted in June-July 2019. This report shows the importance of Universities and other Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and where issues still exist. It is also proof of the commitment and responsibilities of many Higher Education Institutions globally towards the 2030 Agenda.

    IAU received over 530 valid responses from all world regions during the six-week survey. The report analyses how universities engage with the SDGs in particular and how they promote sustainable development more broadly speaking. It is the only survey that maps the contributions of the higher education sector towards the 2030 Agenda at a global level.

    >> Discover the report!

  • The new edition of IAU’s International Handbook of Universities is out!

    IAU is pleased to announce the publication of the 29th edition of the International Handbook of Universities (IHU) describing national higher education systems in 196 countries and listing more than 18,400 acccredited higher education institutions (HEIs) that offer at least a 4-year degree or a 4-year professional diploma.

    This new edition of the IHU is available in print on demand and, new this year - it is also available in e-format! You can order your copy now on the website of our publishers Palgrave Macmillan.

    IAU Members benefit from a preferential rate both on the print and e-book. To get your Member discount code, please contact [email protected].

  • Sign up for a free webinar on Internationalization of higher education !

    Discover a unique programme : the IAU Internationalization Strategy Advisory Service (ISAS 2.0), designed to help higher education institutions develop their internationalization policies, strategies and programmes.

    IAU invites you to learn more about this advisory service through a free webinar that will present the latest ISAS undertaken at Toyo University, an IAU Member institution in Japan. The speakers will share the internal process that led to a critical self-analysis of the institution’s current internationalization activities, as well as the ways in which ISAS 2.0 encouraged progress towards the goals set in Toyo’s strategy.

    The webinar will include direct testimonials of:
    - Prof. Betty Leask, ISAS expert panel member and Visiting Professor at the Centre for International Higher Education (CIHE), Boston College, USA
    - Prof. Shingo Ashizawa, Faculty of Global and Regional Studies, Toyo University, Japan.

    Tuesday 28 January at 18:00 CET (Paris time)

    The webinar is open exclusively to IAU Members. It is free of charge, but places are limited.
    To join, IAU, click here.

    Engage with top experts, who will provide you with tools and insights on how to enhance your internationalization activities!

    Registrations are now closed (maximum number of participants reached).

  • Discover IAU’s 2019-2020 achievements and perspectives

  • Discover IAU’s 2019-2020 Achievements and Perspectives

  • IAU, ACU and AUF strengthen joint collaboration to advance higher education

    The International Association of Universities (IAU), the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), and the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) have agreed to strengthen joint collaboration to advance and promote the contribution of higher education to meeting our shared global challenges, with a view to signing a formal memorandum of understanding (MOU) in 2020.

    Education – from cradle to grave, including higher education – is the necessary solution to most complex and intractable issues of our time, from climate change to inequality, migration to lack of access to education. None of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) identified in the UN Agenda 2030 can be achieved without the contribution of higher education and research.

    The need for equitable quality higher education is arguably greater than ever, as is the need to advocate the role of higher education in sustainable development at the highest levels, such as the United Nations. This requires a global response enabled by international cooperation.

    The three associations have a complementary membership and together represent more than 2,000 higher education institutions from across all continents, and thanks to the IAU World Higher Education Database ( they can reach out to more than 20,000 institutions. This diverse membership reaches out to higher education institutions, research institutes and associations internationally.

    The associations share a commitment to improving higher education, including access, equity and inclusion in higher education, and a belief that international collaboration is essential to the health and vitality of the sector globally.

    This partnership builds on recent collaboration between the associations, including the release of a joint statement on higher education’s essential contribution to the SDGs at the 2019 UN High-level Political Forum in New York. Jointly the associations will advocate for the role of higher education for sustainable development in global for and develop joint events, projects and initiatives to address higher education issues and in particular to harness higher education’s contribution to the SDGs.

  • IAU releases its first report on higher education and technology

    In collaboration with an Expert Advisory Committee composed of Board members and experts from around the world, IAU undertook from November 2018 to April 2019 a large consultation process in order to collect global views on the current state of play of the digital transformation of higher education. The results of this survey are presented in a report:

    Higher Education in the Digital Era: The Current State of Transformation Around the World.

    The report brings together views and experiences from different parts of the world, highlighting that there is no ’one size that fits all’ to digital transformation in higher education and society. " It is essential to build bridges and create mutual understanding of local as well as global challenges to determine the key principles that are pivotal to shape a meaningful, human-centred digital future, regardless of where in the world we are physically based. " says Trine Jensen, IAU Manager for Technology in Higher education and author of the report.

    This is precisely the aim of this first stock-taking exercise for IAU in the field: to discuss the current landscape, risk of inequalities, ethical implications and ways to jointly leverage the potential of technological developments for a sustainable future. The outcomes of this report will inform a new Policy Statement that IAU is currently developing on the values that must accompany the digital transformation so that it contributes to the global common good.


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  • Takeaways from #IAU2019 International Conference

    The IAU 2019 International Conference has just ended in Puebla, Mexico. Higher education leaders and experts from around the globe came together to discuss the necessary transformations of higher education for the future. Organized in cooperation with the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, the Conference drew around 250 participants from 60 countries.

    Many insightful discussions took place, bringing new perspectives on the role of higher education today, the one we want for tomorrow and its relevance to societal development. Higher education is constantly shifting: IAU believes that the outcomes of the conference confirm the need to meet across borders to exchange on ways in which higher education can adapt to the changing society and more importantly, on how we wish to shape these transformations for the future.

    The presentations are now being uploaded on the conference website.

    IAU is pleased to announce the dates of next year’s event to be hosted by University College Dublin in Ireland, from 3 to 6 November 2020, on the theme “Relevance and Value of Higher Education to future Society”. This will be a General Conference where Members elect the IAU President and Administrative Board and adopt the next strategic plan. IAU will also be celebrating 70 years since its first General Conference which was held in Nice, France in 1950.
    A call for paper/case studies will open in February 2020. Do not hesitate to contact us in case you are interested in being part of the programme or have suggestions for topics.

  • Aiming Higher, the IAU series on higher education produced by BBC Storyworks
    IAU is very pleased to launch Aiming Higher, the IAU series on higher education, produced by BBC StoryWorks. The series can be found at

    This series wishes to underline that higher education is instrumental to the development of sustainable and democratic societies; shaping minds, promoting diversity, ethical leadership and social responsibility. In light of the major global challenges facing society, universities play a key role in the transformations that lie ahead.

    Aiming Higher presents the stories of 34 IAU Members from all around the world and how they instill core values in young people and society more generally, in order to foster prosperity, innovation and equity.

    The videos present just a few of the many examples of universities around the globe that carry out initiatives with great social impact in the areas of leadership, technology, internationalization and sustainable development. These are not only in line with IAU’s priorities, but also at the forefront of transformations in higher education today.

    This ambitious project, launched at the IAU 2019 International Conference in Puebla, Mexico, represents a great diversity of voices from around the world and enabled a broad range of institutions to participate.

    Inasmuch as this is an exciting opportunity for you to discover the important work of many IAU Members, this series shows how much you as key players of higher education shape the future through such diverse and innovative approaches.

    The series will be promoted over the next few weeks via Twitter and Facebook. We invite you to share our posts and join the conversation. Promote these beautiful stories to your community and amplify the global voice of higher education for the end of changing society for the better!



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