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IAU releases on a periodical basis a set of reference publications as well as punctual publications addressing a specific topic of interest to IAU and the world higher education community.


Higher Education Policy journal

Higher Education Policy (HEP) , published quarterly, is an international peer-reviewed journal for advancing scholarly understanding of the policy process applied to higher education through the publication of original analyses, both theoretical and practice-based, the focus of which may range from case studies of developments in individual institutions to policy making at systems and at national level. The editorial board encompasses international experts in higher education.

All IAU Members in good standing with their membership fees receive a copy of HEP as part of their membership benefits. If you are not an IAU Member and wish to subscribe to HEP, you can do this on the journal’s website and by clicking Buy Personal Online Subscription.

International Handbook of Universities

The International Handbook of Universities was first published in 1959 in response to the growing demand for authoritative information about higher education institutions. It has grown considerably over the years in both the quantity and quality of entries, and includes higher education institutions that offer at least a 4-year degree or a 4-year professional diploma. It is published every year. The next edition - the 29th edition - is due to be released in eformat and in print on demand in November 2019.

Global survey on Internationalization

IAU publishes reports of global surveys on Internationalization of Higher Education which provide a unique analysis of global and regional data on trends and developments in the field of international higher education and related policymaking. The IAU Global Survey reports have become an invaluable resource for anyone interested in internationalization of higher education. In September 2019, the IAU published the report of the IAU 5th Global Survey on Internationalization of Higher Education.

Higher Education & SDG 13 : Climate Action Through University Teaching, Research and Community Engagement

IAU has gathered concrete examples of meaningful initatives towards climate action, undertaken by higher education institutions and organizations, from Cyprus to Malaysia, from Peru to India, Lithuania, Costa Rica, Uganda, Ireland, Japan, USA, Jamaica and Australia.
This publication is the first of a series dedicated to Member institutions’ contribution to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

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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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Higher Education in ASEAN

On the occasion of the IAU 15th General Conference (Bangkok, November 2016), a booklet entitled Higher Education in ASEAN was published. It showcases the higher education systems and institutions in the 10 ASEAN countries and provides a quick and comparable overview of the Higher Education landscape in the region.

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Published twice a year, the magazine features IAU Activities, upcoming events and specific projects the IAU has undertaken; IAU Collaboration and Networking; Membership News; New Publications; and a global Calendar of Events. Each issue is also devoted to a special ’In Focus’ topic of interest and debate for the higher education community worldwide. IAU Horizons is available in English, in paper format and electronically.

IAU Horizons, vol. 24, no. 1, 2019

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