IAU, founded in 1950, is the UNESCO-based worldwide association of higher education institutions. It brings together institutions and organisations from some 120 countries for reflection and action on common concerns and collaborates with various international, regional and national bodies active in higher education. Its services are available on the priority basis to Members but also to organisations, institutions and authorities concerned with higher education, as well as to individual policy and decision-makers, specialists, administrators, teachers, researchers and students. For more information about IAU please consult the following resources:
Information about the application process, membership categories, admission requirements, benefits and membership fees is available on the page Join IAU.
Do not hesitate to contact Juliette Becker (j.becker(at)iau-aiu.net) should you wish to learn more about Membership in IAU.
This Executive Committee is composed of the President, who acts as chair, and four Vice-Presidents with due regard to geographic representation. The Committee acts on behalf of the Administrative Board between meetings and guides the Association's action agenda and program of activities. Generally, the Executive Committee meets twice yearly. It provides support to the President of the Association by preparing the meetings of the Administrative Board and the business sessions of the General Conference. One Vice-President, so designated, replaces the President of the Association should the need arise for whatever reason during the latter's term of office. One Vice-President, also so designated, acts as Treasurer.
The Members of the Executive Committee are designated by the President from among the Administrative Board members and approved by them. The Secretary General of the IAU serves as secretary to the Executive Committee.
The Vice-Presidents will be named at the first meeting of the newly-elected Administrative Board, due in April 2017.
IAU, founded in 1950, is the UNESCO-based worldwide association of higher education institutions. It brings together institutions and organisations from some 130 countries for reflection and action on common concerns and collaborates with various international, regional and national bodies active in higher education. Its services are available on the priority basis to Members but also to organisations, institutions and authorities concerned with higher education, as well as to individual policy and decision-makers, specialists, administrators, teachers, researchers and students.
The Association aims at giving expression to the obligation of universities and other higher education institutions as social institutions to promote, through teaching, research and services, the principles of freedom and justice, of human dignity and solidarity, and contributes, through international cooperation, to the development of material and moral assistance for the strengthening of higher education generally.
The IAU statutory documents are composed of the IAU Constitution and the By-Laws which set out the mandate of the Association and framework for its operations. Along with the IAU’s general mission, a four- year Strategic Plan is regularly developed to translate the mission into concrete strategic directions and to define expected outcomes and activities to be pursued between quadrennial General Conferences. All documents are available below. For more information about IAU do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conscious of their high responsibility as guardians of the intellectual life;
Conscious of the fundamental principles for which every university should stand, namely: the right to pursue knowledge for its own sake and to follow wherever the search for truth may lead; the tolerance of divergent opinion and freedom from political interference;
Conscious of their obligation as social institutions to promote, through teaching and research, the principles of freedom and justice, of human dignity and solidarity; to develop mutually material and moral aid on an international level;
The universities of the world, through their representatives assembled in conference at Nice, hereby decide to create an international association of universities.
The IAU By-Laws support the implementation of the Constitution. It is regularly modified by the Administrative Board and tabled at each General Conference.
As stated in its Constitution IAU's mission is based on the fundamental principles for which every university should stand:
The overall goals of IAU are both internal and external:
Both of these complementary goals are pursued through future oriented collective action, including conferences and meetings, information services, policy discussion, research and publications.
By encouraging Members to work together, IAU
Adopted at the 15th IAU General Conference in November 2016, Bangkok, Thailand, the IAU Stratetic Plan sets direction for the work of the Association.
IAU Strategic Plan (2016-2020)
Chaired by the IAU President, the Administrative Board is made of twenty elected and two ex officio members as follows: eighteen executive heads of member institutions and two heads of member organizations, the immediate past President and the Secretary General. A number of deputy members, from different regions and both categories of members are also elected. The Administrative Board meets annually, ensures that decisions of the General Conference are implemented and guides the work of the International Universities Bureau. Some of its work is carried out through various committees as groups such as, for example the Executive Committee, the Standing Committee on Membership Development (see below) and various specialized Working Groups (described elsewhere on the website). The term of tenure of the Administrative Board is four years.
To be named
Immediate Past President
Full Board Members
Asia and The Pacific
Asia and The Pacific
This Standing Committee is chaired by a member of the Administrative Board and includes only Board members. Its main function is to advise the Administrative Board and Secretary General on all matters related to membership development. More specifically, the Committee provides recommendations on admission policy, Membership categories and annual fees. It also helps to elaborate membership development strategies and examines how to improve membership retention though strong services offered by IAU. The Committee provides advice on specific admission cases brought to the Committee’s attention by the Secretary General or by the Director, Membership and Programme Development.
The International Universities Bureau is IAU's permanent Secretariat and its major instrument of program implementation, along with the Administrative Board, various Committees and Working Groups. Created by UNESCO in 1949, initially as an international information centre on higher education, the Bureau was instrumental in preparing the International University Conference in Nice, 1950, at which the IAU was founded. Today, under the authority of the IAU and as a partner organization of UNESCO, its mission includes:
Eva Egron-Polak - Secretary-General and Executive Director
Hilligje Van't Land - Deputy Secretary General
Georgeta Sadlak - Manager, Information Systems
Angella Nino - Manager, Finances and Administration
Giorgio Marinoni - Manager, HE and Internationalization policy and projects
Carine Sébast - Manager, Reference Publications
Astrid Salcedo - Manager, Communications
Amanda Sudic - Librarian/Documentalist
Trine Jensen - Programme Officer
Nicholas Poulton - Administrative/Editorial Assistant
Juliette Becker - Executive Assistant / Programme Officer
Frédérique Herzog - Programme Officer
Christina Keyes - Assistant, Reference Publications
Samuel Pousson - Assistant, Reference Publications
Saholi Andriambololo-Nivo - Assistant, Reference Publications
Activity reports are snapshots of the Association, its activities and achievements. Featuring financial information, they contribute to the Association's total transparency.
IAU Activities and Finance Report 2000-2004 (rtf, 540 kb)
Written in the wake of IAU's 12th General Conference in Sao Paulo, this document provides an analytical account of the developments and initiatives undertaken by the Association from August 2000 to July 2004. Reporting major changes and achievements, it features six chapters: Memberships, IAU Governance, Activities, Partnerships and Networking, IAU Publications Programme, Finance and Administration.
Annual Report 2004 (pdf, 2.15 mb)
In addition to the covering the current thematic priorities and various actions implemented by IAU working groups, the report focused this year on the IAU 12th General Conference held in July 2004 in Sao Paulo, Brazil and its follow-up. The report offers also the opportunity to discover the new IAU President and Administrative Board elected in July 2004.
Annual Report 2003 (pdf, 2.07 mb)
Precious information concerning the IAU itself, its partnerships and recent publications, as well as major events that are to take place in 2004. It also offers data concerning the financial year 2004.