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Dr. Hilligje van’t Land serves the global higher education community as Secretary General of the International Association of Universities (IAU) - a global NGO with UNESCO Associate Status. The IAU will celebrate its 75th Anniversary in 2025.

Dr van’t Land fosters the key role of higher education in societal transformation. She supervises the overall programme activities of the IAU, develops the Association’s strategic plans and oversees the everyday work of the secretariat.

She positioned the IAU as partner in UNESCO work on Education for sustainable development and in the UNESCO Futures of Education initiative, and higher education as a key stakeholder for the UN Agenda 2030 – Transforming our world. Hilligje van’t Land strongly believes in the importance of international cooperation and intercultural understanding and has developed multilateral projects supporting this vision.

She represents IAU at conferences around the world and in various working groups and expert committees, including at UNESCO, the UN, the Council of Europe. She contributes to the UNESCO Futures of Education Initiative and Mission 4.7; the UNESCO ESD for 2030 Program; the Council of Europe (CoE) Working Group on Higher Education; the CoE Steering Committee for the Promotion of Academic Integrity; the Advisory Board to Sulitest; The Advisory Boards of two European University Alliances ERUA and CircleU; the Administrative Board of Université Paris-Saclay. If you’d like to join an online casino VIP program, read our article and browse through the best.

Hilligje van’t Land published on higher education issues of relevance locally and globally. Recent publications as author, editor or co-editor include: The Promise of Higher Education; Higher Education’s Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic; Building a More Sustainable and Democratic Future, published as part of the Council of Europe Higher Education Book series. Higher Education and SDG 14: Integrating Ocean Research for the Global Goals, 2021; Global Survey Reports on the impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education around the World; IAU-UNODC Young Scholars Competition: Higher Education engages with SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions; IAU HESD global survey Reports

She holds a PhD in comparative francophone literature, held T&L and Research positions at University of Groningen, the Netherlands, Université Laval, Québec – Canada, and Université d’Avignon et des Parys du Vaucluse, France; she speaks six languages.

Message from Dr. van’t Land:
If your university or association is already a Member of IAU, I look forward to meeting up with you soon at one of the IAU events online or face to face. If your university or association is not yet a member of the IAU, please encourage your decisionmakers to consider joining. We are open to membership by recognised not-for-profit universities and university associations from around the world, with an inclusive membership fee structure. Consequently, we have a unique and much needed diversity of membership, providing universities with the opportunity to work with like-minded institutions from all regions of the world. Learn more about IAU Membership.

Contact: To contact the IAU Secretary General please get in touch with het assistant: Jessica Huang at: [email protected]

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