Policy Statements


IAU adopts positions and develops Policy Statements on issues of global importance for higher education. Each Statement is the product of extensive drafting and international consultations. In recent years, the Statements have been formally adopted by the General Conference of the Association, though in the past some emanated from international Round Tables or meetings of the Administrative Board. The topics that have been the subjects of such Policy Statements are usually identified by the Association’s leadership and membership as requiring the attention of the international academic community.

IAU Policy Statements most frequently identify the issue area, present a number of key principles and include a few recommendations for action at either the institutional or the governmental level or both.

Traditionally, the development of an IAU Policy Statement has been delegated by the IAU Administrative Board to a small Working Group or Task Force whose members are drawn from each world region. IAU is committed to being the global voice for higher education institutions hence the international composition of the Task Forces is essential in order to ensure that each Policy Statement reflects the collective interests of higher education without ignoring the specific concerns or interests of institutions in various parts of the world.

Most Recently Adopted

The IAU Iquitos Statement on Education for Sustainable Development was drafted at the IAU 2014 International Conference and finalized over the Summer 2014. It is taken up at the UNESCO World Conference on ESD, Nagoya, November 2014.

The IAU 14th General Conference, held at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, USA, in November 2012, approved two new policy documents: the IAU-MCO Guidelines for an Institutional Code of Ethics in Higher Education; and Affirming Academic Values in Internationalization of Higher Education: A Call for Action.

More information on related activities can be found on the Ethics in HE webpages and the Internationalization webpages. .

Complete list

IAU Policy Statements, listed here in chronological order, starting with the most recent Statement, are freely available for dissemination. More recent Statements have been open to endorsements by other Associations of Higher Education; all are open to comments.

Affirming Academic Values in Internationalization of Higher Education:A Call for Action (2012)

IAU-MCO Guidelines for an Institutional Code of Ethics in Higher Education (2012)

Prepared in collaboration with the Magna Charta Observatory.

Equitable Access, Success and Quality in Higher Education (2008)

Sharing Quality Higher Education Across Borders: A Statement on Behalf of Higher Education Institutions Worldwide (2005)

Prepared in collaboration with AUCC, ACE and CHEA

Universities and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) (2004)

Towards a Century of Cooperation: Internationalization of Higher Education (2000)

Academic freedom, Institutional Autonomy and Social Responsibility (1998)

The Buenos Aires Statement on Higher Education Funding (1994)

Kyoto Declaration on Sustainable Development (1993)