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The IAU offers a series of publication of interest to the higher education community.

It also speaks out:
- it develops and adopts Policy papers and
- contributes to international debates on higher education by publishing papers on a variety of issues in journals, magazines and by contributing book chapters to key publications around the world. Please click here to view a sample.


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 and the latest edition - the 29th edition - has now been released in eformat and in print on demand and can be ordered on the link below.

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.

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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IAU Global Survey on the Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education around the World

The first 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.

Almost all responding HEIs declared that they have been impacted one way or another by the COVID-19 crisis. The report presents a general assessment of the situation in universities globally and explores different aspects of the impact of COVID-19, such as: teaching & learning, research, community engagement and other key challenges and opportunities. The results of the survey were analysed at regional (Africa, Americas, Asia & Pacific, Europe) and global level.

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).
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A new report on Regional/National Perspectives is now available! >> Read the report

IAU HESD global survey 2019

This report is the result of the analysis of the 2nd Global Survey on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Developement (HESD) conducted by IAU in June and July 2019. It shows the important role that Universities and other Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) play in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations and where issues still exist. It is also proof of the commitment and responsibilities of many Higher Education Institutions globally towards the 2030 Agenda.

536 valid responses, from all world regions, were received by IAU during the six weeks the survey was open. The report analyses how universities engage with the SDGs in particular and how they promote sustainable development more broadly speaking.

>> Discover the report!
>> The Executive Summary is now available in French and in Spanish

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

IAU is currently developing a new policy statement defining the values, principles and ethics that must accompany the digital transformation so that it contributes to the global common good. In collaboration with an Expert Advisory Committee composed of Board members and experts from around the world, IAU undertook from Nov. 2018 to April 2019 a large consultation process in order to collect the views of the higher education community at large.

The results of this survey are presented in a report: "Higher Education in the Digital Era: The Current State of Transformation Around the World". With this first stock-taking exercise in the field, IAU contributes to discussing the current landscape, risk of inequalities, ethical implications and how to jointly leverage the potential of technological developments for a sustainable future.

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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. 25, no. 2, 2020

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