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IAU 2017 International Conference and GMA


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Register now for the IAU 2017 International Conference and Global Meeting of Associations (GMA). Please visit the Conference website for detailed programme and registration:

Hosted by the University of Ghana and in partnership with the Association of African Universities (AAU), the theme of this years' events is: Leadership for a changing public-private higher education funding landscape IAU has a very interesting programme linned up with speakers from around the world.

Call for posters: IAU invites IAU Members to share their institutional experiences in relation to the theme by displaying a poster during the IAU 2017 International Conference. Please click here for more detailed information.

Contact: Trine Jensen (


Call for applications for the position of IAU Deputy Secretary General


IAU is pleased to announce the opening of a call for applications for the position of Deputy Secretary General. The person to be hired will work in close collaboration with Dr van‘t Land, IAU Secretary General. The Deputy Secretary General will collaborate on the development, implementation and coordination of the ongoing and theme-focused activities of the Secretariat as well as the overall management of personnel. To learn more about this position, please read the full Call for Applications, available here.

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Call for papers next issue IAU Horizons, vol 22.2, December 2017


Theme: the next issue of the magazine focuses on Academic Freedom and University Autonomy under Threat.

Contributions: Authors interested in contributing a paper are invited to submit a proposal including a three line description of the focus of the paper they would wish to contribute.

Deadlines for Abstracts: 29 September 2017

Deadlines for Full paper (700 words max. magazine style): 23 October 2017

Contact: Juliette Becker



Higher Education Paving the Way to Sustainable Development: A Global Perspective


IAU HESD Report The IAU launches the report of its 2016 global survey on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD).

With this publication, the International Association of Universities wants to underline the key role higher education plays in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By sharing knowledge and promoting international cooperation, the IAU aims at supporting and inspiring higher education leaders to develop HESD strategies.

The findings of this publication are based on an IAU survey conducted in 2016, in which 120 higher education institutions worlwide took part. The results underline that universites are involved in sustainable development and integrate it in their strategic development plans. However, there is still room for progress. In the publication, you will find inspiring sustainability initiatives undertaken by IAU Members worlwide. Get inspired and commit to the SDGs!

Download the publication and share it with your networks!


HEP 30/3 - Just released


HEP cover The third issue of HEP in 2017 presents a number of articles looking at various issues in higher education worldwide. Topics include a European qualifications framework, academic inbreeding in Portugal, stakeholders in higher education quality assurance, and the role of the Chief Information Officer in IT strategy.

For more information and/or to view abstracts, please visit the HEP homepage.


Warning- Fake World Higher Education database; Fake International Handbook of Universities and abuse of the IAU logo, name and services


Be aware that fake IAU publications and databases, partially copied from IAU material, are being sold and promoted by individuals allegedly based in British Virgin Islands. They are offering a fake World Higher Education database, using IAU logo, a fake UNESCO logo and are promoting other IAU brands such as ISAS (Internationalization Strategy Advisory Services).

The only veritable WHED website address is and information about the ISAS and other IAU services is only available from

If you have any doubt about what you see promoted as IAU initiatives, please contact Please do advise us if you are aware of other abusive use of IAU name and/or logo.


Pilot phase 5th IAU Global Survey launched


IAU logo The pilot phase of the 5th IAU Global Survey has been launched. 20 institutions for all world regions have agreed to test the questionnaire before its official launch in early 2018 and provide IAU with their feedback by Saturday 30 September. Based on the feedback from the pilot group IAU will modify the questionnaire, if needed. IAU thanks all volunteer institutions.


Registration for LGEU-5 is now open!


Registration is now open for the 5th session of Leading Globally Engaged Universities LGEU (18-23 November):

lgeu5 logo Sohar University, in Oman will host the 5th session of the LGEU programme. LGEU provides an international peer-learning space that helps higher education leaders prepare for the multiple responsibilities they take on in a challenging global context, while also recognising local and regional opportunities and constraints. LGEU participants analyse skills needed for leadership in general, and in their individual HEIs while also assessing their personal strengths and approaches. Apply to participate and meet colleagues from different institutions and countries. Join the growing LGEU alumni group!

The programme is limited to 20 persons - don't miss the opportunity!

Discover the brochure here or contact: Juliette Becker


Dr. Hilligje van't Land appointed new Secretary General of the IAU


photo hvl As IAU President, I am pleased to announce that on September 1 2017, Dr. Hilligje van't Land will become the new IAU Secretary General. She will succeed Eva Egron-Polak who has occupied this position since 2002. Congratulations to Hilligje and best wishes to Eva as each embarks on a new phase in her life.

This appointment is made after a rigorous and open selection process undertaken by a Selection Committee which I chaired and which was composed of IAU Board members Prof. Stephen Freedman (USA) and Carmen Lamagna (Bangladesh). Mr. Tim Gore, Chief Executive Officer, University of London Institute in Paris acted as an advisor to the committee.

The decision was unanimous and we are delighted that Hilligje van't Land accepted the position. We have also agreed that Eva Egron-Polak will continue to assist the IAU leadership in several ways during the transition period.

Pam Fredman, IAU President


Happy 50th Anniversary to the Association of African Universities


aaulogo IAU congratulates the Association of African Universities on its 50th Jubilee Anniversary celebrated next week during the 14th AAU General Conference in Accra, Ghana. The Association has been through tremendous change since its creation in 1967. It is now flourishing and offering support to a great variety of institutions throughout the continent. IAU wishes the association a lot of success for the next 50 years. AAU can count IAU for support.

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