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  • Call for Papers on Gender Equality in Higher Education

    Share your initiatives on gender equality in higher education !

    In the framework of the IAU Global Cluster on HESD, IAU has launched a series of publications promoting the work undertaken by universities from around the world to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals identified in Agenda 2030 – Transforming our World.
    The first publication in the series was dedicated to SDG13: Climate Action. Published in July, "Higher Education and SDG 13 : Climate Action Through University Teaching, Research and Community Engagement " gathered 15 concrete examples of meaningful initatives towards climate action.

    A call is now open for contributions on SDG5 - Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women and Girls!

    Together with the University of Bologna, the institution leading the work on SDG5 in the Global Cluster on HESD, IAU invites Members to submit a paper or a case study that showcases what their institution is doing to promote gender equality.

    The resulting publication will include a wide variety of initiatives to represent all world regions and the diversity of higher education institutions.


    • IAU Members should make their submissions (in English or French) using the dedicated application form and send it to Amanda Sudic
    • Submissions should present a research topic, a student initiative, a programme, a MOOC, a community initiative, or any other action specifically targeting SDG-5
    • Each member can submit a maximum of 2 initiatives
    • The University of Bologna and IAU will make a selection among the submissions received for the publication. However, all initiatives will also be published online on the IAU HESD Global Portal.

      Deadline for submissions : 15 November 2019

      Submit a case study!

  • IAU releases the 5th Global Survey on Internationalization of Higher Education


    IAU publishes Internationalization of Higher Education: An Evolving Landscape, Locally and Globally

    Knowing how the process of internationalization is evolving is paramount to gain a thorough understanding of its potential benefits and risks. Researching global trends is essential for IAU to continue providing the required support to higher education institutions (HEIs), governments and individuals as they develop their internationalization strategies, policies and activities.

    Based on input from some 1,000 HEIs in 126 different countries, the IAU 5th Global Survey Report is the most geographically comprehensive collection and analysis of primary data on internationalization of higher education. It covers all aspects of internationalization from policy and activities to research, human resources and staff development, student mobility and the design of curricula.

    >> Learn more about the IAU Global Survey, read the Executive Summary and order your copy here !

  • IAU at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

  • IAU Panel of experts in internationalization visited Toyo University, Japan

    On 1-3 July 2019, an IAU panel of experts visited Toyo University in Tokyo, Japan, in the framework of an "Assessing Strategy and Monitoring Achievements" strand of service of the IAU ISAS (2.0) programme.

    The panel was chaired by Eva Egron-Polak, IAU Former Secretary-General and Senior Fellow, and included Giorgio Marinoni, IAU Manager for Internationalization, Betty Leask, Prof. Emerita, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia and Visiting Professor, Centre for International Higher Education (CIHE), Boston College, USA, and Akiyoshi Yonezawa, Vice-Director, International Strategy Office, Tohoku University, Japan,

    This IAU advisory service generated an internal process of critical self-analysis of the current internationalization strategy at Toyo University, an IAU member institution. This reflection has already resulted in immediate improvements but will also inform strategic developments for the future. The Expert Panel is currently working on a final report, which will provide external qualitative feedback on Toyo University’ internationalization strategy and achievements. This assessment will include constructive recommendations for Toyo university to address current and future challenges and will encourage further progress towards the goals set in the internationalization strategy of the institution.

    >> Learn more about IAU’s advisory services in internationalization

  • First issue of the IAU HESD Publication Series - Higher Education & SDG 13

    Universities around the world are mobilizing for climate action !
    Higher education institutions’ leadership, academic and administrative staff and students are stepping up their action.

    The International Association of Universities (IAU) has gathered 15 concrete examples of meaningful initatives towards climate action, undertaken by higher education institutions and organizations from all over the world, from Cyprus to Malaysia, from Peru to India, Lithuania, Costa Rica, Uganda, Ireland, Japan, USA, Jamaica and Australia.

    The publication " Higher Education and SDG 13 : Climate Action Through University Teaching, Research and Community Engagement " is the first of a series of IAU publications dedicated to Member institutions’ contribution to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

    With this series of publications, IAU hopes to inspire other universities to join the effort and take action to transform the world for the better through higher education.

    >> Download the HESD Publication in pdf


    Your institution is undertaking exciting initiatives towards SDG 5 - Gender Equality ? Send information on your innovative projects to be part of the next publication of the series and gain visibility worldwide for your good work !
    Contact: contact[@]

    >> More information about IAU’s work on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development.

  • Call for papers in IAU Horizons: Transforming Higher Education for the Future

    In preparation for the upcoming IAU 2019 International Conference in Puebla, Mexico, in November 2019, the ‘In Focus’ section of the next issue of IAU Horizons magazine, will be devoted to the theme of the conference: ‘Transforming Higher Education for the Future’ . In this In Focus, we aim to:

    -  Imagine different scenarios for the future of higher education and its relation to societal development
    -  Discuss different key challenges as well as opportunities for these transformations of higher education
    -  Present current initiatives and research being carried out to transform higher education and promote sustainable solutions for future societies.

    The section will be divided into 4 parts:

    1- The future of universities : anticipation and foresight
    This part introduces the topic, questions the status quo and proposes possible perspectives on what higher education could look like in the future

    2- Financing higher education
    This part discusses how the shifts in higher education financing models impact the future of higher education and if these changes will be an obstacle to/ an opportunity for the transformation of higher education

    3- Higher education and Technology
    This part aims to analyse how best to take advantage of the digital transformation that is already happening and harness the potential of technology for the benefit of higher education quality and increased access to knowledge

    4- Societal engagement
    This part examines the role of higher education in addressing the big societal challenges of today and tomorrow and how it has to adapt to remain relevant locally

    If you are interested in contributing a paper related to this topic, please send a message expressing your interest and explaining briefly how you wish to address this topic in your paper.

    Deadline for expressions interest: 5 August 2019
    Deadline for submission of paper (max 800 words): 2 September 2019

    >> More about the IAU Horizons magazine

  • IAU at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

    The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) is the yearly conference of the United Nations where governments, UN Agencies and civil society come together to discuss the achievements that have been made towards Agenda 2030. This year, the HLPF 2019 will be dedicated to “ Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality ”.

    As the most global university association contributing to Sustainable Development and having the Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council, IAU will take an active part in the debates and will organize a series of side events, together with 8 IAU Member Universities.

    Follow the discussions and learn more about IAU’s contribution to the HLPF!


  • Registration is now open for #IAU2019!


    Hosted by Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP), the IAU 2019 International Conference will take place in Puebla Mexico from 13-15 November 2019.

    With a view to exploring how leaders and experts of higher education institutions envisage higher education in the future, Transforming Higher Education for the Future is the theme of this year’s conference. The conference will constitute a platform not only for discussing opportunities, but also for outlining major challenges facing higher education today. Recognizing that higher education is exposed to a multitude of challenges in increasingly complex societies, this conference will, among others, consider the impact of technological advancements, and discuss the responsibility of higher education in the pursuit of sustainable development in a world where populations are increasingly impacted by the consequences of climate change.

    IAU believes that higher education has an essential role to play in proposing solutions as well as highlighting the ethical dimensions and social responsibility in relation to these transformations. Research can inform decisions-makers and community engagement can enable inclusive and innovative solutions to address societal challenges. As the global association of higher education institutions and organisations, we seek to generate a meaningful dialogue and mutual understanding about advancing higher education for sustainable societies.

    For thorough information on the theme, speakers and programme, visit the conference website!

    Register now and benefit from the early bird rate!

    Discover Puebla!
    See some highlights from the 2018 conference in Kuala Lumpur.

    Global Meeting of Associations (GMA)

    Hosted by Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP) and co-organized with the Association of Universities of Latin America and the Caribbean (UDUAL), the Global Meeting of Associations (GMA) will precede the International Conference, taking place on 12-13 November. This meeting is open exclusively to leaders of higher education associations, organizations and networks. It will offer the opportunity for peers to exchange on emerging trends in higher education in the different regions of the world, and to discuss opportunities for future partnerships.

    Registrations open in April and you may select the option "GMA" when you register for the IAU 2019 International Conference.

    For more information, please contact Trine Jensen.

  • Call for nominations - 2019 UNESCO ICT in Education Prize

    The UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the use of ICT in education is now accepting candidatures. The theme of the 2019 edition is the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to innovate education, teaching and learning .


    Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advancements in neuroscience have the potential to enhance teaching methodologies, support lifelong learning and personalize learning through various ways, as well as propel and accelerate the discovery of new delivering modes of education. Keeping in with Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education, UNESCO with its partners is aiming to explore the effective and ethical use of AI applications to reduce barriers to access education and optimize learning processes with a view to improve learning outcomes.

    In 2019, the Prize will award AI-powered solutions as well as applications of neuroscience in AI aiming to improve learning outcomes, to empower teachers and to enhance the delivery of education services, while advocating for inclusive and equitable use of these technologies in education.


    As an NGO in official partnership with UNESCO and active in the field covered by the Prize, the International Association of Universities can submit up to three nominations to UNESCO, who will then select the two best projects among all nominations received. Two awards will be granted, and each recipient will receive a monetary award of USD 25,000 during the Award Ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

    Should you wish to submit a nomination to IAU, please contact Trine Jensen before 1 October 2019.


    For more detailed information on eligibility criteria, submission and nomination process, please see the flyer and visit UNESCO ICT in education Prize webpage.

  • Discover our new article in University World News

    Discover the article in University World News from June 2019, presenting the preliminary trends arising from IAU’s 5th Global Survey on Internationalization of Higher Education,

    By Giorgio Marinoni, IAU Manager, Internationalisation policy and projects, and Hans de Wit, Director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College, United States, and member of the IAU Advisory Committee for the 5th IAU Global Survey on Internationalisation of Higher Education.

    Is inequality in internationalisation of HE on the rise?

    The internationalisation of higher education is a phenomenon that has implications far beyond the domain of higher education; it impacts society at large.

    According to the definition of Jane Knight, updated in 2015 by Hans de Wit and others, internationalisation is “an intentional process undertaken by higher education institutions in order to enhance the quality of education and research for all students and staff, and to make a meaningful contribution to society”.

    Assuming that internationalisation is an intentional process, the question arising is: how strategic is this process? In other words, is internationalisation at higher education institutions supported by a defined strategy, with clear objectives, actions, and point persons, framed within a realistic timeline and supported by the necessary (human and financial) resources?

    Is this strategy monitored and are outcomes evaluated? And in the current political climate of anti-globalisation, anti-immigration and increasing nationalism, to what extent is this strategy still relevant and up to date?

    The results of the 5th Global Survey on Internationalisation of Higher Education, an online survey conducted by the International Association of Universities (IAU) in 2018, help us address these questions.

    >> Read the full article on University World News

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