IAU Meetings

International Conferences

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Once a year, with the exception of the year when the General Conference takes place, the IAU holds an international conference for Members and beyond to discuss matters of general concern to international higher education.

Focusing on the theme: Leadership for a changing public private higher education funding landscape, the IAU 2017 International Conference will take place in Accra, Ghana from 18-20 October 2017. The Conference is open to all interested participants.

The 7th IAU Global Meeting of Associations (GMA VII) will take place prior to the International Conference on 17-18 october 2017. The GMA is exclusively open to leaders of national, regional and international associations/organizations of higher education institutions.

Both events will be hosted by the University of Ghana and the Association of African Universities.

Registration will open in April 2017. For more information, please contact: Trine Jensen (t.jensen@iau-aiu.net)

IAU Members interested in hosting a conference are welcome to address a formal letter to the IAU Secretary General.

First Announcement
17/10/2017  20/10/2017 - Accra, Ghana

Global Meeting of Associations (GMA VII) and IAU 2017 International Conference: Leadership for a changing public-private funding higher education landscape

Global Meetings of Associations

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Global Meetings of Associations (GMA) are held every two years. They are organized exclusively for leaders of national, regional and international associations/organizations of higher education institutions. They offer a unique opportunity for these leaders to meet as a relatively small group of peers to exchange ideas, practices and to network.

The 7th IAU Global Meeting of Associations (GMA VII) will take place in Accra, Ghana on 17-18 October prior to the IAU 2017 International Conference (18-20 October 2017).

Both events will focus on: Leadership for a changing public private higher education funding landscape and will be hosted by the University of Ghana and the Association of African Universities.

Registration will open in April 2017. For more information, please contact: Trine Jensen (t.jensen@iau-aiu.net)

Other Meetings

Occasionally, the Association holds small invitational meetings/workshops. They are generally linked to the Association's projects.


Magna Charta Observatory Annual Conference, 18-19 September 2014

The Magna Charta Observatory (MCO) will hold its annual conference at Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, and will be commemorating the 26th anniversary of the Magna Charta Universitatum. Entitled University Integrity – Society’s Benefit, the Conference will include a workshop on Ethics in Education and Research, chaired by Eva Egron-Polak, Secretary-General of IAU, and with the participation of Inga Zaleniene, Vice-Rector for Research and International Relations, Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania. Both are members of the Joint IAU-MCO Working Group on Ethics in Higher Education, which, in 2012, laid out a set of guidelines for institutions wishing to put in place their own set of ethical codes.

For more information on the conference, the programme, and how to register please visit the conference website.

Past Events

IAU past meetings are listed as individual events on this page to allow for looking back on topics and locations, read general reports and other documents when available.

For a more general overview, full lists of all past events by categories are available for download from the following links:



28/10/2015  30/10/2015 - Siena, Italy

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07/05/2015  08/05/2015 - Montreal, QC, Canada

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19/03/2014  21/03/2014 - Iquitos, Peru

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24/04/2013  26/04/2013 - Manchester, United Kingdom

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16/11/2011  18/11/2011 - Nairobi, Kenya

Strategies for Securing Equity in Access and Success in Higher Education

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11/04/2011  12/04/2011 - New Delhi, India

The fourth edition of the Global Meeting of Associations of Universities and other Higher Education Institutions (GMA IV) was organized by the IAU in partnership with the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and five Indian Higher Education Institutions.

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24/06/2010  26/06/2010 - Vilnius, Lithuania

IAU's annual international conference 2010 was organized in partnership with the Mykolas Romeris University, which also hosted the event.

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04/11/2009  06/11/2009 - Louaize, Lebanon

An international conference jointly organized by IAU and Notre Dame University – Louaize (NDU), Lebanon

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20/04/2009  22/04/2009 - Guadalajara, Mexico

IAU held its 3rd Global Meeting of Association of Universities and other Higher Education Institutions in partnership with the Asociación Nacional de Universidades e Instituciones de Educación Superior (ANUIES) and the University of Guadalajara.

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06/11/2007  07/11/2007 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The first Global Higher Education Forum (GHEF). It was jointly organised by IAU, the Ministry of Higher Education in Malaysia and the National Higher Education Research Institute (IPPTN).

31/05/2007  01/06/2007 - Paris, France

IAU's second Global Meeting of Associations of Universities was held in partnership with the French Conférence des Présidents d’Université (CPU).

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25/01/2007  26/01/2007 - Maputo, Mozambique

An IAU Experts’ Seminar hosted by Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo, Mozambique.

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08/12/2006  09/12/2006 - Chiang Mai, Thailand

An IAU/IAUP Presidents’ Symposium hosted by the Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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12/10/2006  15/10/2006 - Beijing, China

The IAU international Conference was organized in partnership with the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE).

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14/11/2005  16/11/2005 - Alexandria, Egypt

IAU in partnership with the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport organized two international events: a Global Meeting of Associations and an International Conference.

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12/11/2004  13/11/2004 - Budapest, Hungary

An international seminar organized by the Seminar organized by the International Association of Universities (IAU) and the Central European University, Budapest (Hungary)

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07/11/2003  08/11/2003 - Montréal, Canada

An IAU international Conference hosted by the Université de Montréal, Concordia University, McGill University and Université du Québec à Montréal.

10/09/2003  11/09/2003 - Prague, Czech Republic

An IAU International Conference hosted by Charles University - Karolinum.

12/06/2003  14/06/2003 - Monterrey, Mexico

An international Seminar organized by the IAU in collaboration with IAUP, and hosted by Centro de Estudios Universitarios (CEU) and Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL).

05/01/2003  16/01/2003 - Paris, France

The first Meeting of IAU Member Organisations. It was organised, on the one hand, to reflect on how to work together to improve and avoid duplication of services to member institutions and, on the other hand, to discuss issues in higher education that all participants, leaders of several university associations from around the world, considered of global importance.

18/09/2002  21/09/2002 - Quebec, Canada

An IAU international Conference hosted by the Université Laval in Quebec City.

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