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  • The latest issue of IAU Horizons offers...

    The latest issue of IAU Horizons contains an in-depth look at the theme of the IAU 16th General Conference, ’Relevance and Value of Universities to Future Society’ and the elections for the IAU Administrative Board 2022-2026 at the conference. Additional topics cover IAU strategic priorities on internationalization, HESD and digital transformation.

    The In Focus section features a rich selection of papers on the overarching WHEC2022 theme — ‘Reinventing Higher Education for a Sustainable Future’. The papers will take you from East to West, from South to North. This ’journey’ will demonstrate the diversity and specificity of the contexts in which we operate and illustrate similarities in the challenges confronting us and the opportunities we are leveraging.

    Read the magazine




  • Register for IAU’s pre-WHEC events

    The UNESCO WHEC 2022 takes place on 18-20 May in Barcelona. As a key partner in WHEC 2022, the IAU has organised two virtual pre-WHEC 2022 Sessions in May:

    Both sessions address the overarching theme of WHEC 2022: Reinventing Higher Education for a Sustainable Future.

    Learn more about IAU WHEC2022 related activities




  • Registration open!

    The IAU is delighted to announce registration is open for the 16th IAU General Conference in Dublin on 25 – 28 October. We are pleased to hold this in-person event on campus at University College Dublin. IAU, the global voice of higher education, calls on its Members and the extended global higher education community to rethink and reimagine higher education for the future at this conference.

    Learn more & register




  • Contribute to the IAU Global Survey on HESD

    The International Association of Universities is pleased to launch the third iteration of the IAU Global Survey on HESD.

    Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD) is one of the key iau priority areas of work.

    The survey uses the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs as a framework to foster better understanding of how HEIs engage with sustainable development (SD), how they work, who is working on this at the institutional level and what the main SDGs are.

    This third global survey will help showcase developments regarding SD in higher education, help inform new policy, and support universities in engaging with sustainability using a whole-institution approach (WIA) to SD.

    Find out how to participate




  • IAU’s statement on the recent developments in Ukraine

    The International Association of Universities (IAU) is strongly committed to the promotion of international dialogue and collaboration. The Association respects diverse perspectives and promotes social responsibility and academic values. IAU is deeply concerned about the war unfolding in Ukraine and the escalation of violence. As stated by the UN Secretary General such operations are violations of the territorial integrity and sovereignty and are inconsistent with the Charter of the United Nations.

    With UNESCO, IAU calls for respect for international humanitarian law and the protection of teachers, educators, schools and university personnel and for the right to education to be upheld. We stand by the universities around the world as they build bridges for peace and understanding through teaching, research and community engagement; we stand by the universities in countries at war. IAU Members are assisting students and staff stranded in foreign countries everywhere around the world. We place our hope in education and research, in academic diplomacy, in free speech, human rights and democracy. These are essential foundations for building a better future and contribute to the protection of civilians and society at large.




  • IAU at the UNESCO #WHEC2022

    The third UNESCO World Higher Education Conference takes place in Barcelona on 18-20 May 2022. The conference will be an opportunity to deepen and expand joint knowledge production, policy dialogue, exchange, and networking.

    The IAU engages with HE stakeholders worldwide and shares our expertise on strategic issues for higher education and society. In addition, the Association actively contributes to the UNESCO WHEC 2022 by offering university perspectives on selected themes. You will find all this and more in our dedicated webpage on the IAU website.




  • Contribute to the global survey on digital transformation in HEIs

    The IAU and a research group of the Politecnico di Milano (PoliMi) have teamed up to carry out a global survey on the digital transformation in the administrative services of higher education institutions (HEIs).

    The survey touches on services found in most institutions worldwide. These range from student services to facility management to administrative support for teaching, learning and research. Specific examples are student admission and enrollment, work placement and internship services, student mobility and international exchange programmes, finance, and communication management.

    Find out how to participate




  • Call for proposals for the IAU General Conference open!

    The call for proposals for the IAU 16th General Conference is open! The submission deadline is 15 April 2022.
    The event, hosted by University College Dublin (UCD), addresses the theme: Relevance and Value of Universities to Future Society. Learn more




  • Higher Education One Year into the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Tuesday, 1 March | 13:30 - 15:00 UTC | 14:30 - 16:00 CET

    In February 2021, one year into the pandemic, the IAU launched the second edition of The Global Survey on The Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education to monitor the situation. This webinar officially launches the report, presenting an overview and focusing on the main results of the survey.

    Download the Report




  • Call for Papers: IAU Horizons Magazine - Reinventing Higher Education?

    Call for Papers: Reinventing Higher Education?

    In May 2022 UNESCO is convening the third World Higher Education Conference (WHEC2022)) under the overarching theme: Reinventing Higher Education for a Sustainable Future.

    The conference concept note introduces the very complex context in which higher education institutions operate worldwide. This context is one of rapidly changing economies, one faced with important environmental challenges, one shaped by the rapid pace of technological developments.

    These are just some of the current trends that require new solutions to shape a sustainable future. In this rapidly changing context, the: “WHEC2022 aims to break away from the traditional models of higher education, opening doors to new, innovative, creative, and visionary conceptions that not only serve current agendas for sustainable development but also pave the way for future learning”.

    The assumption is that a new vision is needed, a reinvention of what higher education will mean in the future and for society’s future. UNESCO is framing the conversation around the following questions: If higher education and the university appeared today – What would they look like? Who would participate and complete their higher education? How would participants learn? Where would they learn? What knowledge, skills, competencies, and values would they need to develop to work, become global citizens, and live with dignity? What would meaningful research and knowledge production involve? Who would guide these changes: institutional leaders, policy makers, researchers, students, professors, employers, community leaders, civil society groups?

    The UNESCO World Higher Education Conference is a multi-stakeholder event, yet, it remains a governmental process. As such, the International Association of Universities (IAU) contributes to this conversation and discussion in the next In Focus section of the Association’s magazine, IAU Horizons, by offering university perspectives on the selected themes.

    What needs to change to shape higher education for the future? How would you reinvent higher education? Or question the need to reinvent it? What are the key issues that policy makers must address when they discuss and re-imagine higher education? This is an opportunity for Members worldwide to contribute to the conversation about the future of higher education, which will be part of the IAU response to the World Higher Education Conference.

    The articles can address issues related to the governance of higher education at the national or international policy level or discuss topics to be addressed at the institutional level.

    Contribute to shaping the conversation on the future of higher education by sharing your aspirations and views or by identifying key challenges. Please submit a short abstract (100 words) explaining the focus of the article.

    The deadline for the expression of interest is 15 January 2022. The articles are short opinion pieces of a maximum of 800 words. They are to be submitted to IAU no later than 15 February 2022.

    Submit the expression of interest here

    For any questions, please contact Trine Jensen


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