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  • Higher Education engages with SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    The International Association of Universities (IAU) is an Implementing Partner for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and the two organisations have a longstanding partnership through which they stress the important role higher education can play in promoting and enhancing the rule of law and sustainable development, in particular SDG 16.Through strong and innovative collaboration, and dynamics in higher education and between higher education and society in general, we can address the global challenges identified in the United Nations Agenda 2030 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and build a more sustainable future together. Within the framework of the UNODC Education for Justice (E4J) initiative the two organisations developed a Research Grant programme, encouraging young scholars to carry out research linked to SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. Thirteen scholars from twelve countries, respecting both regional and gender balance, were selected for the grants, and each of their papers provides a different perspectives on how research, education and overall engagement with SDG 16 can foster sustainability.

    International Association of Universities (IAU) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

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  • Higher Education and SDG 14: Integrating Ocean Research for the Global Goals

    The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021–2030) calls for increased efforts to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health and gather ocean stakeholders worldwide behind a common framework that will that ensure ocean science can fully support countries in creating improved conditions for sustainable development of the Ocean. This unique publication, a joint project between the University of Bergen, Lead in the IAU HESD Cluster for SDG 14, and the IAU, includes 11 papers with concrete examples of meaningful research, strategies, initiatives and projects 6 strengthening ocean science, education, and the links between SDG 14 and other SDGs. The authors are connected to higher education institutions and organizations from around the world, from Norway to South Africa, from Fiji to Canada, and the Netherlands. The publication marks the launch of new initiatives and collaboration on projects to advance gender equality in HE and society.

    International Association of Universities (IAU) and the University of Bergen (UiB)

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  • Higher Education engages with SDG16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
    Download the joint IAU-UNODC publication with papers from young scholars

    The International Association of Universities (IAU) is an implementing partner for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and the two organisations have a longstanding partnership through which they stress the important role higher education can play in promoting and enhancing the rule of law and sustainable development, in particular SDG 16.

    Within the framework of the UNODC Education for Justice (E4J) initiative the two organisations developed a Research Grant programme, encouraging young scholars to carry out research linked to SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

    Thirteen scholars from twelve countries, respecting both regional and gender balance, were selected for the grants, and their papers are organized under three broad themes, each one providing different perspectives on how research, education and overall engagement with SDG 16 can foster sustainability:

    1. Inequality, Sustainable Recovery and SDG 16
    2. Environment, Legal Frameworks and SDG 16
    3. Challenges To Peace and Sustainable Societies and SDG 16

    Through strong and innovative collaboration, and dynamics in higher education and between higher education and society in general, we can address the global challenges identified in the United Nations Agenda 2030 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and build a more sustainable future together.

    The publication was launched on 23 November 2021 during a virtual event with UNODC and IAU representatives. The launch was followed by a discussion with the authors and webinar participants.

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  • The Promise of Higher Education: Essays in Honour of 70 Years of IAU

    The International Association of Universities is immensely pleased to launch the book “The Promise of Higher Education: Essays in Honour of 70 Years of IAU” as part of our ongoing anniversary celebrations. We thank all the colleagues and friends for their insightful contributions. This impressive collection of 65 essays by 82 authors from all around the world represents a fine analysis of and reflection on the past, current and future of higher education and is a wonderful testament to the work of the IAU over the years and into the future. Available online through open access, this book will take you on a tour across the global higher education landscape while addressing pertinent themes and challenges in higher education.

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    We also have the pleasure to invite you to mark your calendars for three online events to launch the book, which will be organised around the six themes covered in the book: 70 years of Higher Education Cooperation and Advocacy; Facilitating International Cooperation; Coding the Values; The Changing Landscape; The Promise of Education; Opening up – The Future of Higher Education.

    For more information on the book launch events please click here

    • Tuesday, 19 October 2021, 2:30 - 4:00 pm CEST (12:30 - 2:00 pm UTC)
    • Thursday, 21 October 2021, 2:30 - 4:00 pm CEST (12:30 - 2:00 pm UTC)
    • Thursday, 9 December 2021, 2:30 - 4:00 pm CET (1:30 - 3:00 pm UTC)

    More information on these sessions will be shared shortly.

    Watch the congratulatory videos shared by IAU Members, partners, and friends to commemorate 70 Years of International Cooperation.

    Read the special edition of IAU Horizons dedicated to each of the remarkable seven decades that paved the way to what IAU has become today.




  • IAU Policy Statements

    IAU is pleased to present the latest edition of its Policy Statements based on issues of global concern for the higher education community. The topics are identified by the Association’s leadership and membership and each statement is the product of extensive drafting and international consultations. All statements are presented and endorsed at the quadrennial IAU General Conference.

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  • ISAS impact evaluation study

    The objective of the ISAS impact evaluation study, conducted in partnership between IAU and the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College, is to investigate the efficacy of the Internationalization Strategy Advisory Services (ISAS) and its successor program ISAS (2.0) on internationalization initiatives at higher education institutions.
    The results show that every university indicated that working with ISAS was helpful in advancing internationalization initiatives. This is a clear endorsement of ISAS by the institutions.
    In their quest for internationalization, all institutions inevitably face challenges. Overcoming those challenges requires a clear, strategic approach, one that is responsive and in alignment with the core mission and values of the institution. IAU through its advisory services stands ready to help institutions in refining or progressing their internationalization priorities built on an inclusive, fair and ethical process.

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  • Higher Education and SDG 5: Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women and Girls

    Launched on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2021 and part of a series of publications on university actions for the SDGs, this publication features contributions from 12 universities from different parts of the world. It also provides evidence to policy and decision-makers in order to stress the important role of higher education for effective implementation of the SDGs.

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  • Internationalisation of Higher Education: A Handbook - New issue now available

    Issue 2/2018 of “Internationalisation of Higher Education: a Handbook” published by DUZ Academic Publishers, which contains articles on the theme “Managing Risks in HE Internationalization”, has just been published. IAU Members can benefit from a substantial discount on the subscription price.

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  • 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.

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  • Higher Education Paving the Way to Sustainable Development

    The IAU launched the report of its 2016 global survey on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development, in which 120 higher education institutions worldwide took part. By sharing knowledge and promoting international cooperation, the IAU aims at inspiring higher education leaders to develop sustainability strategies.

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