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Vol. 13, No. 10, December 2016

IAU Activities


  15th IAU General Conference, Bangkok, Thailand
This past month, the IAU held its 15th General Conference, hosted by a Consortium of Thai Universities.  The event attracted participants from more than 85 nations worldwide to discuss the theme of Higher Education as a catalyst for innovation and sustainable societies.  Visit the Conference website to read or view the presentations in plenary and concurrent sessions.  The General Conference also served to elect the new IAU leadership – Pam Fredman, Rector of the University of Gothenburg as the IAU President and a full new Administrative Board.  Please see the full Board here.

  Congratulations to the newly elected President and Administrative Board and deep thanks to the President and Board Members who have provided IAU with their leadership for the past four years!  Finally, IAU is also pleased to announce that Juan Ramon de la Fuente, former IAU President and former Rector of UNAM has become Honorary President of the IAU.

  During the various business sessions of the Conference, the IAU Secretary General presented an overview of the past four years of IAU accomplishments and the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan for the Association. 
IAU invites comments on these documents, especially from IAU members.

  Hokkaido University awarded the first IAU ISAS (2.0) Internationalization Learning Badge
Hokkaido University in Japan is the first university to be awarded an Internationalization Learning Badge of the new ISAS (2.0) programme. The learning badge was officially awarded to Hokkaido University president Dr. Keizo Yamaguchi by IAU president Dr. Dzulkifli Abdul Razak at the IAU General Conference on 14 November 2016.

  2017 IAU International Conference and GMA VII
During the IAU Administrative Board meeting that also took place just prior to the election of the new Board, IAU confirmed the date and place of the 2017 and 2018 International Conferences as follows:
  • 17-20 October 2017: International Conference and Global Meeting of Associations VII in Accra, Ghana, hosted by the University of Ghana and the Association of African Universities.The theme: Leadership for a Changing Public-Private Higher Education Funding Landscape
  • In 2018, the dates and theme will be confirmed later but IAU accepts the generous invitation received from the University of Malaya to meet in Kuala Lumpur.

  IAU/Palgrave Prize in Higher Education Policy 2016-2017 Research Essay Competition launched
Thanks to, and in partnership with, Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., publisher of the Association’s research and reference works, the International Association of Universities (IAU) and COPERNICUS Alliance (CA) are pleased to announce the 2016-2017 IAU/Palgrave and CA Prizes in Higher Education Policy Research.  The theme of the call is Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development: A New Academic Discipline? and two prizes, of €2000 each, are to be awarded. Deadline for abstracts (500 words max.): 16 January 2017. More information here.

  IAU HESD Portal renewed:
On the occasion of the IAU 15th General Conference, the IAU global portal on Higher education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD) was renewed to better showcase IAU Members’ and Partners’ initiatives in the related fields. Three hundred actions have already been published on the portal and IAU strongly encourages its Members to share their best practices, to ensure better networking and offer scaling up opportunities at local, national and global levels. An upcoming user survey will allow to further improve the portal. We invite you to contact us and volunteer to take part in this personalised user survey. For more information, please contact Frédérique Herzog, IAU Programme Officer:

  IAU signs a grant agreement with Rockefeller Foundation
Last month, IAU was pleased to announce the signature of a grant agreement with Rockefeller Foundation (RF) to assist the Foundation with the global outreach programme of the Rockefeller Bellagio Center Academic Writers in Residence Programme. This Programme offers academics a setting that is conducive to focused, goal-oriented work in the following areas: Advance Health, Revalue Ecosystems, Secure Livelihoods and Transform Cities. Applicants with projects that may help shape thinking or catalyse action in these areas are strongly encouraged to apply in Spring 2017. More information on the next Call will be available at:

  ISAS (2.0)
For a full description of this new IAU programme for advancing the internationalization of higher education, please see here: or contact: Giorgio Marinoni.

  IAU joins the organizing committee for Second Global Dialogue - GDII
The second Dialogue, to be held in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico, from 16 to 18 January 2017 will seek pathways to expand access to international education opportunities, enhance inclusion and ensure that national and institutional policies and practices related to internationalization reflect contemporary realities. Higher Education Associations, particularly those focusing on international education, are welcome to visit the website and register.
Event website:

IAU Horizons
IAU Horizons vol. 24, no. 4, has just been published. This issue is devoted to the presentation of IAU projects and initiatives. It focuses on the preparations for the IAU 15th General Conference; details results and opportunities linked to the IAU key thematic priorities of work ; presents the new Members and the various projects IAU is involved in. The In Focus section is on Leadership for a changing public private higher education funding landscape, the theme retained for the IAU 2017 International Conference and Global Meeting of Associations VII to take place in Ghana in October 2017.

  Higher Education Policy (HEP) vol. 29, no. 4 – December 2016
The final edition of the current volume of HEP is a special edition entitled Measuring up for What Cause? It looks at national examples of the consequences of pressures associated with a drive for world-class universities and the assumption that English-language citable research should in fact be an important measure of progress toward that goal. The five special edition papers look at examples in Australia, Taiwan, Japan, South Africa and a comparative study of China, Hong Kong and Japan. The special edition is completed with a look at Canada’s international education strategy, and its implications for institutional strategy.  The issue closes with a book review of Damtew Teferra’s Funding Higher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa. For more information and/or to view abstracts, please visit the HEP homepage

  Higher Education Internationalization: A Handbook
The upcoming 3rd issue of the 2016 volume of the Handbook offers an interesting line-up of articles from European, North American, and Asian authors, each focusing on specific aspects of internationalization. 
IAU Members benefit from a substantial discount when subscribing to the hard copy and/or online version of this Handbook, as IAU now chairs its Editorial Board.
The Handbook offers practical articles of interest to anyone engaged in the internationalization of higher education. The 3rd issue was published in November.
For more information, please visit the IAU website or contact: Giorgio Marinoni.

  An additional benefit for IAU members: discount on the subscription to the "Journal of the European Higher Education Area"
IAU members can also benefit from a substantial discount on the subscription to the "Journal of the European Higher Education Area", a user-friendly tool to support the work of higher education leaders, faculty, decision-makers and students in translating the major reforms of the Bologna Process into meaningful institutional strategies and practices.  For details, please read the special subscription offer on the IAU website or contact: Giorgio Marinoni.

  IAU and U-Multirank Advisory Board
IAU continues to be a member of the U-Multirank (UMR) Advisory Board and the Secretary General attended the 9th meeting on 7 November in Brussels. The Consortium which is implementing this EU-funded ‘alternative’ ranking is collecting the data for the 2017 report and indicates the highest number of participating institutions yet.  Taking a more concerted approach to pre-filling some of the profile data by partnering with national data providers in the US and the UK, U-Multirank hopes to ease the burden of supplying data for Higher Education Institutions. The European Commission continues to be committed to UMR as a public good and envisages continued contribution to its funding alongside private foundations.  IAU has consistently assisted UMR consortium to reach out to IAU Members outside of Europe as U-Multirank aspires to be a global rather than a European initiative allowing users to compare institutions on dimensions of their choice.

  IAU took part in the jury of the 2016 French edition of the Green Gown Awards
As part of IAU strategy to promote Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD) including through strategic partnerships, IAU participated in the jury of the French-speaking edition of the Green Gown Awards (Les Trophées des campus responsables) that reward higher education institutions for their initiatives and commitment towards sustainable development. Twenty-one campuses applied for the 2016 edition open to campuses across France, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxemburg and Quebec. The award ceremony took place in Paris on 8 November. IAU congratulates the 10 institutions that received an award, including one of its Members, Kedge Business School. Find out more about the laureates and their initiatives for HESD.

  IAU took part in the 10th Global RCE Conference in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Just after the IAU General Conference, the immediate past president of the IAU Dzulkifli Abdul Razak and the IAU Deputy Secretary General of the IAU took part in this anniversary event.  Generously hosted by Universitas Gadjah Mada, the Conference brought together a wide audience, very representative of the variety of stakeholders involved in the 148 Regional Centers of Expertise (RCE) from around the World. The Conference showcased RCE commitments to implementing GAP on ESD and SGDs, allowed to share experiences and expertise that engage communities in achieving a sustainable future worldwide, to actively network initiatives per country, region and internationally. IAU also took part in the UBUNTU Meeting of peers to select future RCEs and in a workshop on SDG implementation strategies.
Find out more on the Conference website:

  ISAS (2.0) presented at the 8th LACHEC conference in Bogota
Giorgio Marinoni, IAU Manager, HE and Internationalization policy and projects, presented the new IAU ISAS (2.0) program at the 8th Latin American and the Caribbean Higher Education Conference (LACHEC), Bogota, 24 – 25 November.
The conference was attended by around 400 participants from different Latin American countries and touched upon all the major topics of Internationalization of Higher Education. ISAS (2.0) was well received by the audience as a new service for advancing internationalization of higher education. There is a clear need for improving internationalization at Latin American HEIs but the participants of the LACHEC conference showed a strong willingness to do so and IAU is ready to help them in their internationalization journey to improving the quality of Higher Education for all students and staff. contact: Giorgio Marinoni.

  New in the E-Bulletin
Readers will now be able to learn about upcoming international conferences on higher education and more particularly be alerted to Calls for Papers from various IAU Member and Partner organizations. This information, a complement to the IAU Global Calendar of Events, is available at the end of each edition of the E-Bulletin.To submit information for publication, please contact

For detailed information on these activities, contact us at:
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Reminder of Important IAU Dates

  • Conferences
    • 17-20 October 2017: IAU Global Meeting of Associations (VII) and International Conference: Leadership for a changing public-private higher education funding landscape, hosted by University of Ghana and Association of African Universities, Accra, Ghana
  • Professional development/training programme
    • 4-9 December 2016: 3rd session of the Leading Globally Engaged Universities (LGEU-3) Programme hosted by EAFIT University, Medellin, Colombia - inscriptions now closed
    • 21-26 May 2017: 4th session of the Leading Globally-Engaged Universities (LGEU-4) programme, hosted by The University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana  Deadline for applications: 31 March 2017.  More information on contact: Juliette Becker (
  • Study Abroad Fair in Paris
    • 28-29 January 2017: 20th edition of the Study Abroad Fair organised by L’Etudiant, a French media group and magazine. Contact:

News/Opportunities from around the World


UNESCO: Sustainable Development
UNESCO launched two new publications on 14 November 2016 at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco:
-     Planet: Education for Environmental Sustainability and Green Growth by UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report which analyses the role of education as a crosscutting means of advancing the 2030 Agenda.
-    Action for Climate Empowerment: Guidelines for Accelerating Solutions Through Education, Training and Public Awareness, a guide for policy-makers, developed in collaboration with United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC).

UNESCO/Libya: Open Educational Resources; ICTs
Heads of Libyan higher education institutions met in early October to discuss a UNESCO project that aims at enhancing the quality of higher education in Libya through the adoption and development of OER.

UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Internationalization; Educational Indicators
Regional experts met in Bangkok, Thailand in November 2016 to take stock of internationalization indicators for higher education in ASEAN+6 countries (i.e. the 10 Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, plus Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea) and to support monitoring of the achievement of the Education 2030 Agenda.
Presentations are available at: Stakeholders Meeting on Indicators for Internationalization of Higher Education in ASEAN+6, 3-4 November 2016, Bangkok, Thailand
UNESCO Office in Bangkok - National Institute for Lifelong Education (NILE): MOOCs; Lifelong Education
The second regional expert meeting on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as a Catalyst to Enhance Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and Lifelong Learning in Asia and the Pacific took place on 10 and 11 October 2016 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The meeting examined regional needs to use MOOCs to achieve quality higher education, both online and on campus, with a special focus on developing economies. Presentations are available at:
UNESCO Office in Bangkok - Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID): Educational Quality
The presentations of the 18th UNESCO-APEID International Conference: In Pursuit of Quality Education: The Past, Present and Future, held in Bangkok, Thailand in October are now available.

Other international initiatives

United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR): Refugee Education
A new report Missing out: Refugee Education in Crisis describes access to all levels of education, including higher education, by refugee children, which only one in 100 refugees attains. Education data on refugee enrolments and population numbers refer to the 2015-16 academic year.

UN Academic Impact: Social Responsibility; Research
The United Nations Academic Impact initiative sponsored the 2nd Climate Change Academic Meeting 2016 on University Intellectual Social Responsibility which was held in Marrakech on 10-11 November.

UN Scientific Advisory Board: Sustainable Development
Two policy briefs have been released by the UN Secretary General’s Scientific Advisory Board:
- Science and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development includes a set of principles, beginning with the recognition of science as a universal public good. It also lays out recommendations to maximise the contribution of science to achieving the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.
Indigenous and Local Knowledge(s) and Science(s) for Sustainable Development considers the role of cultures and cultural diversity for sustainable development with a focus on the contributions of indigenous and local knowledge systems.

Scholars at Risk Network: Academic Freedom
The Scholars at Risk (SAR) Network has released the report Free to Think 2016 which documents and analyses more than 150 reported attacks on higher education communities in 35 countries. The report is based on results of SAR’s Academic Freedom Monitoring Project MONITOR which aims to identify, assess and track incidents which may constitute violations of academic freedom and/or the human rights of members of higher education communities. SAR invites academics and researchers interested in joining the monitoring project as volunteer researchers or coordinating an academic freedom clinic for law students to contact
Project website:

The Global Network of Research-Intensive University Networks: Research
The Global Network of Research-Intensive University Networks 2016 International Annual Meeting was held at Keio University, Tokyo, Japan from 7 - 8 November. The conference, which  brought together representatives from research-intensive university networks from eight different countries and regions, reaffirmed that although it has become more difficult worldwide to get research funding, research-intensive universities are playing a vital role to create innovation and to contribute to the growth of the world economy. The Tokyo Statement, an appeal to governments of member institutions, was made to make sufficient long-term investments in research.

Association Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF): Education and Development; Education and Employment
AUF held its annual colloquium at the Université de Montréal, Canada, in October. Its theme was The Role of Francophone Universities in Economic Development. Topics discussed included: the role of universities as drivers of economic development; graduates’ employability and socio-professional integration; and partnerships between universities and other public and private stakeholders of economic and social development. (in French)

Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF): Open Education Resources
The International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) has published The Open Education Resources Competence Reference Book for Teachers (Le référentiel de compétences REL pour les enseignants). It is divided into 5 parts: Becoming familiar with OERs; seeking OERs; using OERs; creating OERs; and sharing OERs. (in French)

Réseau Universitaire pour la Formation et l'Éducation à un Développement Durable (RéUniFEDD): Sustainable Development
RéUniFEDD, the Francophone educational network for education for Sustainable Development launched a call No Transition Without Education during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco. (in French)

World Academy of Science (TWAS): Science
The World Academy of science (TWAS) launched a TWAS Young Affiliates Network at its 27th General Meeting held in Kigali, Rwanda in November. The Network aims to bring together early career scientists from developing regions to serve five-year terms with TWAS. This year, 25 new Young Affiliates were selected from 20 countries.

Regional initiatives

African Union: Science; Technology and Education
Ten African Heads of State and Government have been constituted by the African Union into a Committee to champion higher education, science and technology in Africa. The Committee will support the implementation of the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa to drive economic growth in Africa.

Next Einstein Forum (NEF): Research
African Science and Education Ministers met in Kigali in November at the second NEF Ministerial Meeting. Hosted by the Next Einstein Forum (NEF), a platform that connects science, society and policy in Africa and the rest of the world, and the Government of Rwanda, the meeting aimed to leverage research networks and funding mechanisms to drive Africa’s long term progress. Under the theme, Collaborative Global Research Networks: Implementing Essential Actions, the meeting reviewed increasing the number of PhDs, creating and structuring the Africa Research Chair Initiative (ARCI) and developing mechanisms to harness research mobility within Africa.

African Network for International Education (ANIE): Research; Doctoral Education
ANIE is undertaking a study The Analysis of the Development of Research and Sustainable PhD Capacity and Capability in Sub-Saharan Africa. Commissioned by British Council and German Academic Service (DAAD), the study focuses on Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa and will be completed in February 2017. It aims at enhancing the understanding of the research and knowledge production environment in Sub-Saharan Africa and their links to national policy frameworks and development agenda; as well as examining innovative ways to develop, strengthen and sustain doctoral education in Africa.

The Inter University Council for East Africa (IUCEA); World Bank
The Eastern and Southern Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence Project (ACE II) – which seeks to strengthen 24 competitively selected centres to deliver quality, market-relevant post-graduate education in Eastern and Southern Africa was launched in Nairobi by the Inter University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) and the World Bank. The five-year project will build collaborative research capacity in: STEM, agriculture, health, education and applied statistics. It is financed by the World Bank in the form of credit to eight participating countries. These include Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. IUCEA will coordinate the project.

Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM): Agricultural Education
A partnership between RUFORUM and the MasterCard Foundation aims to strengthen efforts to revamp the agriculture curriculum across Africa. The eight-year programme was launched during the fifth African Higher Education Week and the RUFORUM Biennial Conference held 17 - 21 October in Cape Town, South Africa and which had as its theme, Linking agricultural universities with the civil society, the private sector, governments and other stakeholders in support of agricultural development.

Unión de Universidades de América Latina y el Caribe (UDUAL): E-Learning
UDUAL and 17 universities from the region have extended the Common Area of Online Higher Education (Espacio Común de la Educación Superior en Línea (ECESELI)).  It will focus on the creation of postgraduate studies and continuing education and will use information and communication technologies to create an international network of knowledge. (in Spanish)

Centro Interuniversitario de Desarrollo (CINDA): Internationalization
CINDA organised an international seminar on the Impact of Internationalization on the Quality of Higher Education (Impacto de la Internacionalización sobre la calidad de la educación superior) in October. It discussed topics such as criteria for the design and evaluation of internationalization policies; internationalization at home; and recognition of degrees.
Presentations: (in Spanish)

Observatorio Regional sobre Internacionalización Terciaria para América Latina y el Caribe (OBIRET): Internationalization; Educational Cooperation
OBIRET will coordinate a network of higher education institutions from Mexico, Colombia, Cuba, Brazil, Uruguay, Spain, Italy, Germany and Belgium to promote the management of the internationalization of higher education in Latin America. The Red regional para el fomento de la Internacionalización de la Educación Superior en América Latina [RIESAL] will last for three years and will have a budget of 1 million euros.

Red de Responsabilidad Social Universitaria (RSU): Social Responsibility
The Social Responsibility of Universities network in Latin America organised its 6th meeting at the Universidad Ruiz de Montoya de Perú in October. Participants were presented with the Compendium of Good Practices in Social Responsibility of Universities, they revised the system of self-evaluation of the SRU and analysed the proposed structure of the Diplomado en Responsabilidad Social Universitaria (Subproyecto P8-3).

Arab States
Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World (FUIW): Educational Evaluation; Educational Cooperation
The Executive Council of the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World (FUIW) held its 21st Session at Qatar University, Doha, Qatar, from 6 to 7 November 2016 and adopted two projects: the Performance Measurement Mechanism for the Universities of the Islamic World and its Implementation Road Map, and the Integrated Programme for Strengthening Exchange and Cooperation among Member Universities.

Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO): Sustainable Development
The Eighth Islamic Conference of Ministers of Higher Education and Scientific Research on the theme Higher Education: Quality and Suitability took place in Bamako, Mali on 14 and 15 November in cooperation with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Mali and in coordination with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The participants adopted the Bamako Declaration which calls for promoting scientific research on sustainable development and major societal challenges in Member states.
Bamako Declaration:

The Modernisation  of Institutional Management of Internationalization in South Neighboring Countries (MIMI) Project: Internationalization
The final Conference of the MIMI project was held on 11 October 2016 at the Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT), in Amman, Jordan. It analysed the impact of this EU TEMPUS project on its partner universities in Morocco, Lebanon, and Jordan,

Med Culture Programme: Education and Employment; Vocational Education
MedCulture, a regional programme funded by the European Union, has published Employability in the Cultural and Creative Sectors in Arab Mediterranean Countries: the cases of Palestine, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco. This report identifies the main obstacles facing job creation in these sectors, and assesses gaps between the supply of skills by universities and vocational training, and their demand in the labour market.
Asian Development Bank (ADB): Educational Quality; Educational Finance; Lao PDR)
The Asian Development Bank and the Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) signed agreements in November for grant and loan assistance totaling $64.9 million to improve education quality and ensure that graduates have sufficient skills to meet labour market demands. The Second Strengthening Higher Education Project will consolidate the links between higher education services and socioeconomic needs by improving education quality, enhancing access to higher education, and strengthening the governance and management of higher education institutions.

University Social Responsibility Network (USR Network): Social Responsibility
The third Summit on University Social Responsibility, a key initiative of the University Social Responsibility Network (USR Network), took place on 4 November in Beijing, Republic of China. The event was co-hosted by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Peking University.

European Commission: Research Evaluation
The European Commission has opened its online public stakeholder consultation on the Horizon 2020 interim evaluation. This interim evaluation will help to improve the functioning of Horizon 2020, and will also be an important element in preparations of a next EU research and innovation Programme.  Deadline: 15 January 2017.
European Commission: Educational Indicators
This years’ Education and Training Monitor published by the EC addresses migration, demography and the key competences that education should help to develop. It analyses progress in raising educational outcomes and increasing higher education attainment. Cross-national comparisons of education systems and country analyses detail policy initiatives.

League of European Research Universities (LERU): Science; Research
LERU has released:
•    an advice paper on Citizen Science at Universities: Trends, Guidelines and Recommendations.
•    LERU’s Interim Evaluation of Horizon 2020

European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN): E-Learning
EDEN has published the presentations of its 9th Research Workshop on Forging New Pathways of Research and Innovation in Open and Distance Learning: Reaching from the Roots, held in Oldenburg, Germany, in October. Topics discussed included lifelong learning; digital learning design; and the changing role of online and distance education in national systems.

Aurora network: Educational Cooperation
The Aurora Network of European universities was launched in Amsterdam on 21 October. The nine founding institutions are: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Université Grenoble-Alpes, University of Aberdeen, University of Antwerp, University of Bergen, University of Duisburg-Essen, University of East Anglia, University of Gothenburg and the University of Iceland. The launch was preceded by workshops in Amsterdam and Grenoble which identified areas where Aurora could work together on challenges such as sustainability, digital technology and society, student experience and innovation in teaching and learning.

Professionals in Doctoral Education (PRIDE): Doctoral Education
The final conference of the PRIDE project was hosted by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Humboldt Graduate School), Germany, in September 2016. The presentations are now available.

European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU): E-Learning
The proceedings of the EADTU conference Enhancing European Higher Education; Opportunities and Impact of New Modes of Teaching, which was held in October at the Università Telematica Internazionale, Rome, are now available.

European University Association (EUA): Educational Policy; Research; Intellectual Property
EUA has published:
•    a position paper on the Ninth EU Framework Programme. Three priorities are highlighted: providing long-term policies and funding instruments for research; reinforcing collaboration across the EU; and a stronger alignment of policies for education, research and innovation.
- a statement on the EC Proposal for a Copyright Directive.

Center for Higher Education Studies (CHEPS): Innovation
CHEPS has published a Working Paper Measuring the contribution of higher education to innovation capacity in the EU. It examines higher education’s role in innovation beyond traditional measures.

European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA): Educational Quality
The seminar on the European Dimension of Quality Assurance took place in Brussels on 3 and 4 November 2016.

European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE): Innovation
EURASHE organised a seminar with the Foundation Saint Paul Andalucía CEU on Applied RDI – Making Innovation Happen! in Seville (Spain) in September 2016.
European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE): Social Responsibility
The results of the IDEAS project Effective Approaches to Enhancing the Social Dimension of Higher Education have been published.

HEIDA Project (Data Driven Decision Making for Internationalization of Higher Education): Internationalization 
The final conference of the Erasmus + funded HEIDA Project, led by Koç University, Turkey and project partners  Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain and the International School for Social and Business Studies, Slovenia was held in Istanbul in September. The presentations are now available.

Baltic Sea Region University Network (BSRUN): Rankings
The BSRUN Annual Forum on University Branding and Rankings was held at the University of Warsaw, Poland in October. The presentations are available at:

Baltic Science Network (BSN): Researchers; Internationalization
The Baltic Science Network has published International Mobility of Researchers in the Baltic Sea Region. This report consists of an overview of mobility flows in the Baltic Sea Region  and analyses of patterns of researcher exchanges on a country-by-country basis.

Danube Rectors’ Conference: Educational Policy; Educational Cooperation, Autonomy
The Annual Conference of the Danube Rectors’ Conference took place in November at The Danube University Krems, Austria. Its theme was Vision, Knowledge, Prosperity: Universities Contribution to EU Strategy for the Danube Region. The final conclusions of the Conference state that nationalism is a threat to universities and stress cross-border cooperation as a means to protect university autonomy.

Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe (UNICA): University Cooperation
The 26th UNICA General Assembly was hosted by the University of Warsaw, Poland, in November. Its theme was Universities in the Capitals and the Grand Challenges. Topics discussed included: universities and urban challenges and university–city cooperation.

Inter-regional initiatives
Arab States/Asia: Educational Cooperation
The Second Arab-Asian Global Higher Education summit took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 18 to 21 October under the patronage of the Malaysian Minister of Higher Education. The Conference was organised by the Association of Arab Universities in cooperation with the  Islamic Science University of Malaysia.

Europe/Asia/Americas: Sustainable Development
The University Alliance for Sustainability (UAS) network has been initiated by Freie Universität Berlin (FUB), Germany and unites five universities to foster sustainability in research, teaching and campus management. The partners are Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel; Peking University, China; St. Petersburg State University, Russia; and the University of British Columbia, Canada. The UAS Mobility Programme offers opportunities for research and exchange stays abroad to academics, students, and university administrators.

Asia / Europe: Lifelong Education
The presentations and recommendations of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Forum on Lifelong Learning 2016: 21st Century Skills which was held in October at Aarhus University in Copenhagen, Denmark are now available.

Americas / Europe: Educational Cooperation; Sustainable Development
The Council of Rectors of Latin America and the Caribbean, together with European Councils of Rectors, launched an Inter-American and European Alliance to reach sustainable development goals during the Mexican National Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions (ANUIES) 2016 Annual Conference, held in October in Mexico City. (in Spanish)

Europe / Nepal: Educational Cooperation 
Presentations from the 1st EU-Nepal Conference on Higher Education entitled Building Bridges through Knowledge held on 26 October in Kathmandu, Nepal, are now available.

Bilateral Initiatives
Brazil / Italy: Educational Cooperation
A meeting between Brazilian and Italian rectors took place during the 8th International Seminar and 9th General Assembly of the Grupo Coimbra de Universidades Brasileiras (GCUB) which took place in Parma, Italy in October. The theme of the event was Universities for a World without Borders. It led to the Declaration of Parma to improve Brazilian-Italian cooperation in higher education. (in Italian)

Cambodia /Japan: Educational Cooperation; Educational Quality
The 1st Cambodia-Japan Rectors Conference was held at the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center (CJCC), Royal University of Phnom Penh, on October 20 and 21. It included three sessions on educational and research exchange, improving the quality of university faculty, and career support for students.

China / UK: Educational Cooperation 
The Russell Group universities in the UK and the China C9 League (C9) universities have released the Joint Russell Group – China 9 Statement in which they engage to strengthen existing relationships and to share information and approaches to addressing complex global challenges.

Gambia / Senegal: Educational Cooperation
The Gambian Ministry of Higher Education Research, Science and Technology (MOHERST) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Senegalese Ministry of Higher Education and Research which aims to improve and strengthen bilateral relations of the two countries, especially in terms of education and research. (in French) (in English)

Iran / Russian Federation: Educational Cooperation
Rectors of 13 Iranian and 18 Russian universities met at the University of Tehran, Iran on 2 October to discuss scientific and education cooperation of universities.  The rectors of the participating universities signed MoUs in following areas: establishing joint research projects, creating joint degree programmes, and exchange of staff, students and faculty members.

Ireland / China: Educational Cooperation
A cooperation agreement was signed between the Irish Universities Association (IUA) and the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) on 20 October to develop a joint working group in the following areas: staff and student exchange, staff development, a researcher exchange programme, university management, and a Chinese universities exhibition in Ireland. The cooperation agreement also allows for mutual recognition of qualifications.

Japan / UK: Educational Cooperation
Japan Association of National Universities (JANU) and Universities UK (UUK) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on exchange and cooperation in October.
Specific areas of cooperation include: academic and administrative staff and student exchange between JANU and UUK and between member universities; examination of  government funding opportunities for that will allow universities in Japan and the UK to create new institutional partnerships.

Morocco / Mauritania: Educational Cooperation
The Moroccan Minister of Higher Education, Research and the Mauritanian Minister of Higher Education and Research confirmed their cooperation in higher education and research at a meeting in Rabat in September.

National and institutional initiatives

Australia: International Education; Scholarships
The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) has launched a four-year survey which aims to monitor and evaluate the contribution of international recipients of Australian Government scholarships to alumni and their home countries and institutions, as well as to Australia.
Australia: International Education
The Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) took place in Melbourne in October. Its theme was Connectivity - At The Heart of International Education. Topics discussed included: building inclusive, connected communities; creating opportunities within disruption: student recruitment; and migration and international education. A Code of Ethics for international education agents was announced.
Australia: Enrolment; Educational Standards
The final Higher Education Standards Panel report on Improving the Transparency of Higher Education Admissions Processes has been released.

Austria: Refugee Education
The Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD) has launched oead4refugees. It is a platform for refugees who are looking for access to higher education or who wish to validate a foreign academic degree for work purposes. The platform also provides information about study programmes, language courses and funding opportunities.

Brazil: Educational Management
The 59th National Forum of the Rectors of the Associação Brasileira das Universidades Estaduais e Municipais (ABRUEM) took place in Bahia, Brazil, in October. Its theme was  Universities: trajectories, dilemmas and challenges (Universidade: trajetória, dilemas e desafios). Topics discussed included: universities of the world: challenges for the future and for governance; and universities: history, the present and management. The participants signed a public manifesto at the end of the meeting. (in Portuguese)
Brazil: Educational Quality
Quality Indicators in Higher Education
The rectors of the Conselho de Reitores das Universidades Brasileiras (CRUB) met at their 5th Forum in Brasilia in November to discuss Quality Indicators in Higher Education. (in Portuguese)

Canada: Humanities Education
The Future of the Liberal Arts: A Global Conversation has been published by Universities Canada. The report presents key points from an eponymous two-day workshop organised by Universities Canada in partnership with the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences in March 2016.
Canada: International Education; Migration
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has announced that, effective 19 November 2016, the visa ‘Express Entry’ system will award points to international students who completed their studies in Canada.

Chile: Internationalization
A seminar on the Internationalization of Higher Education was held in October. Organised by the the Council of Rectors (CRUCH) and the Ministry of External Relations (MINREL), with the support of the Universidad de Chile and la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, it discussed topics including: internationalisation, institutions and national policy frameworks; internationalization at home: a new challenge for higher education.

Denmark: Research
The Minister for Higher Education and Science has launched a strategy for research in the Arctic. In conjunction with the Government of Greenland, it will examine if there is potential for establishing an international research hub. Another initiative will implement a pilot project to help Greenlandic students pursuing studies in Denmark.The strategy was launched at the Technical University of Denmark.

Finland: Access to Education; Enrolment
The Ministry of Education and Culture has published Ready for Admissions. Making Better Use of the Matriculation Examination in Student Admissions. The report states that universities should develop their admissions procedures so that the majority of students would be admitted based on the upper secondary education certificates and, as a secondary procedure, universities would offer opportunities for applicants to demonstrate their competences based on, for example, open courses organised by the universities.
France: Master Degrees; Enrolment
The French Senate has unanimously adopted the reform of admission to Masters degrees. The reform creates a single admission point to masters degrees at the start of the first year of studies (M1), removing the admission procedure for the second year of Masters degrees (M2).
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France: Educational Management
The Conference of University Presidents has made 10 proposals to make campuses ‘move forward’, following its reflections during the colloquium held in May at the University of Orléans.
France:  Educational Planning; Regional Development
The Ministry of Higher Education and Research organised a morning of reflection on a site policy to build the university of the future ("Une politique de sites pour construire l'université de demain") in November. (in French)

Germany: Refugee Education
Guidelines on University Access and Studies for Refugees Students have been published jointly by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder (KMK), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German National Association for Student Affairs (DSW) and the German Rectors' Conference (HRK). The guidelines  highlight the steps that refugees pass through during their integration into higher education, from the student advisory services to the degree course itself.
Germany: Innovation; Science
The  German Rectors' Conference (HRK) General Assembly made a statement in November calling for a European strategy for innovation, science, education and culture. In the statement, the HRK asks for a focus on funding collaborative research between universities or between science and industry through small and medium-sized projects that involve all partners equally.

Ghana: Research Finance; Research Policy
A new tertiary education research fund bill to support research in public universities has been approved by cabinet and is to submitted to parliament. Its aims to establish a fund from which lecturers and researchers could access financial support to undertake research.

Indonesia: Educational Administration
The Research, Technology and Higher Education Ministry is teaming up with three other government institutions, the Indonesian Ombudsman, the State Civilian Bureaucracy Commission (KASN) and the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), to reform the election procedures for rectors in state universities.

Ireland: Technology Education; Educational Finance
The Higher Education Authority has published its financial review of the Institutes of Technology sector. It involved site visits to 14 institutes of technology and extensive data gathering and analysis on past, current and future projected financial performance.

Liberia: Education and Development
World Bank Liberia Country Manager Larisa Leshchenko has said that the development of tertiary education is critical to the growth and development of the country.

Mexico: Sustainable Development
The 2016 International Conference of  the National Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions (ANUIES) took place in November in Mexico City. Its theme was Higher Education in the Agenda of 2030 for Sustainable Development. It discussed topics such as the role of higher education in the management of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); activities that strengthen higher education institutions for the achievement of the SDGs; and challenges and opportunities for international cooperation to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs. (in Spanish)
Mexico: ICTs
The first ANUIES meeting on ICTs took place in November in Mexico City. Its theme was The Vision of ICTs in Higher Education Institutions (La visión de las TIC en las instituciones de educación superior) which was discussed from the perspective of information security in higher education institutions. (in Spanish)

Mozambique: Educational Policy
Conceita Sortane has been appointed as the new Minister of Education and Human Development.

Nigeria: Private Education; Educational Institutions
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved eight new private  universities.  The new universities are being licensed for a three-year provisional approval and would be mentored by some existing universities across the country.

Papua New Guinea: Educational Administration
The National Higher and Technical Education Board (NHTEB) held its inaugural meeting from 12-13 October 2016. Its roles and responsibilities under the Higher Education (General Provisions) Act 2014 is to raise the quality and standard of higher education provision in the country.

Qatar: Educational Policy
The website of the Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science was launched in November by the Minister of Education and Higher Education, Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Wahed Al Hammadi. (in Arabic) (in English)

Russian Federation: Rankings
A new ranking of universities was announced on 2 November by the Chair of the Russian Union of Rectors. The Three Missions of Universities rankings will be based on 34 indicators, divided into five categories: education; science; internationalization; stability and development potential; and distance education. The rankings will consider Russian as well as international universities, specifically institutions in Japan, China, Brazil, India, Iran, Turkey and the CIS countries.

Rwanda: Research
Universities have urged by the Director General of Science, Technology and Research at the Ministry of Education, Dr Marie Christine Gasingirwa, to  develop a culture of carrying out research in science and technology as an enabler for development and transformation.

Singapore: Educational Finance; Humanities Education
The government has announced increased funding for Social sciences and Humanities. The Ministry of Education will set aside 350 million Singapore Dollars over the next five years for research in those fields. This latest push in funding is part of the work of the new Social Science Research Council (SSRC) set up by the government in January 2016.

South Africa: Educational Fees; Access to Education
The interim report of the Commission into the Feasibility of Fee-Free Higher Education and Training in South Africa has been released. The report is available at:
South Africa: Access to Education; Students with Disabilities
A call for comments on the Ministerial Committee report Draft Policy Framework for Disability in the Post-School Education and Training System has been launched. Deadline: 18 December 2016.

: Science; Ethics

The UNESCO Chairs of Bioethics at the Universitat de Barcelona, Spain and the Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP), Portugal presented the first Declaration of Scientific integrity in Responsible Research and Innovation in October. It provides guidelines for researchers and offers suggestions including the application of procedures to identify non-ethical research. (in Spanish)

Sweden: Educational Evaluation
The Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ) has developed a new model to evaluate the quality of higher education to be used from 2017. There will be four types of assessments: entitlement to award qualifications; HEI’s quality assurance procedures; programmes; and thematic evaluations. The assessments will include perspectives of students; the labour market; and gender equality.

United Kingdom: Student Welfare; Women
Universities UK has published Changing the culture: Report of the Universities UK Taskforce examining Violence Against Women, Harassment and Hate Crime Affecting University Students. This report summarises the evidence and makes recommendations for universities which cover both prevention activities and how universities can respond to these issues more effectively.
United Kingdom: Research; Ethics
Universities UK has published The Concordat to Support Research Integrity: A Progress Report. Based on evidence from a range of stakeholders, the report examines the dissemination and awareness of the concordat and how universities have responded in order to meet the five commitments for research integrity.
United Kingdom: Educational Quality
The new UK-wide Standing Committee for Quality Assessment will act as the sector-led steering group for activities set out in the new operating model for quality assessment ensuring the reliability of degree standards in England, Northern Ireland as well as in in UK transnational education.,110713,en.html
United Kingdom: Sustainable Development; Social Responsibility
The second annual report on Sustainability in Tertiary Education was released in November by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), National Union of Students (NUS), University and College Union (UCU), Association of Colleges (AoC) and the College Development Network. It identifies how further and higher education institutions are responding to environmental sustainability and social responsibility challenges, as well as how staff perceive their institution’s efforts.
United Kingdom: Educational Research; Educational Policy
The Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) organised a seminar on What Role Does (or Should) Higher Education Research ¨Play in Higher Education Policy making? in London in October.  Presentations are available at:
United Kingdom:  Educational Systems
The Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) has published a new policy paper, Protecting the Public Interest in Higher Education. The proposals include tighter restrictions on obtaining degree-awarding powers and university title; and broader recognition of the civic benefits of higher education.
United Kingdom: Research
The Higher Education Institutional Research (HEIR) network Annual Conference took place at Liverpool John Moores University in September. Its theme was Metrics That Matter: Future Directions for Qualitative and Quantitative Institutional Research. Presentations are now available.

United States of America: Sustainable Development
The 2016 Sustainable Campus Index, a publication of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), recognises top-performing colleges and universities overall and in 17 distinct aspects of sustainability, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). It also highlights innovative and high-impact initiatives from institutions.
United States of America: Internationalization
The American Council on Education (ACE) has published the 2016 Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses survey. It addresses issues such as pathway programmes for international students; enrolment trends in international joint and dual degree programmes; international partnerships; and sources of funding for internationalization activities.
United States of America: Access to Education; Educational Quality; Social Responsibility
The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) has released five fact sheets about Public University Values. These cover accessibility and tuition fees; student debt; providing quality education for graduate employment; how graduates benefit society; and conducting cutting edge research to grow the economy and improve our quality of life.
United States of America: International Education
The Association of International Education Administrators released a Statement Response to 2016 AIEA Presidential Campaign and Election on 9 November calling for a renewed commitment to the international education community to global engagement and inclusivity.

Venezuela: Higher Education Institutions
The President has approved the creation of the Universidad de las Telecomunaciones e Informática de Venezuela in Caracas.
Venezuela: Higher Education Institutions
The Universidad Nacional de Turismo (Unatur) in Barcelona, Venezuela, was inaugurated in November.

Vietnam: Educational Qualifications; Educational Systems
Under the national framework which was newly approved by the Prime Minister, university degree courses will be cut from 4 to 6 years to 3 to 5 years. Compared with current regulations, the time will be cut by one year for undergraduate education, unchanged for master’s degrees and one year longer for PhDs.

Zimbabwe: Education and Development
Institutions of higher education should play a critical role in national development according to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe speaking at a workshop on Sustainable Development Goals held in Harare

IAU Member Organizations’ and Partners’ Events - the list of IAU Member Organizations

Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
AAC&U 2017 Annual Meeting: Building Public Trust in the Promise of Liberal Education and Inclusive Excellence, J San Francisco, USA, 25 - 28 January 2017. Early Registration

Association of Arab Universities (AARU)
The International Arab Conference on Information Technology (ACIT 2016), Beni-Mellal, Morocco, 6 - 8 December 2016.

European Association for International Education (EAIE)
Spotlight Seminar: International marketing strategy,  Amsterdam, Netherlands, 8-9 December.

Unión de Universidades de América Latina (UDUAL)
The UDUAL General Assembly theme is ‘Constructing a Regional Latin American and Caribbean Higher Education Space and the Future of Autonomy”, University of Cordoba, Argentina, 1-2 December 2016.

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