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  • IAU HESD Cluster and the UN Global Goals Week

    During the 75th UN General Assembly (15-30 Sep. 2020), a unique forum for multilateral negotiation, IAU, its Members and the IAU HESD Cluster leaders are getting active for a media campaign, showing their contributions in teaching, research, community engagement and more. The 75th General Assembly deals with several themes such as peace, disarmament, promotion of human rights. When it comes to sustainable development the UN General Assembly will work among other things on protecting global climate for present and future generations and on implementing Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. Most sessions can be followed live, we invite you to visit the UN General Assembly website to know more.

    >>Get involved in the Global Goals week!
    The Global Goals Week brings together different actors and events around the UN General Assembly. IAU is following the high-level event from distance and communicating on its twitter account @IAU_HESD and invites the IAU HESD Cluster and all IAU Members to share their initiatives related to higher education for the SDGs, using the hashtag #IAUClusterSDGs and tagging @IAU_HESD.

    >> Want to know more about the IAU HESD Cluster and its initiatives? Visit the IAU HESD portal!

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  • Job opportunity at IAU - Manager, Communication and Media

    VACANCY: Manager, Communication and Media – M/F

    Contract: permanent
    Starting Date: ASAP
    Deadline for applications: 04 October 2020
    Working hours: 35 hours a week
    Working conditions: shared offices

    About IAU
    The IAU is an independent international NGO bringing together higher education institution (HEIs) from around the world. The offices are located in Paris, at UNESCO Headquarters. IAU encourages debate and action on key issues related to higher education. IAU also offers its Members and the worldwide higher education community a set of services as well as a forum for discussion. More information on

    The Manager, Communication and Media reports to the IAU Secretary-General/Executive Director and works in collaboration with all IAU staff Members.
    The successful candidate will develop, coordinate and implement IAU’s overall communication strategy to Members and further afield, to the world of higher education. This strategy aims to strengthen IAU’s image, visibility and attractiveness within higher education and beyond.

    I - Communication with Members, the HE world and other stakeholders

    • Ensure regular and effective communication with IAU target audiences through the implementation and/or improvement of communication and information tools. Follow up on the various communication campaigns
    • Enhance the visibility of IAU’s programmes and services
    • Ensure consistency of the IAU image: graphic identity, editorial style etc.
    • Participate in strengthening and monitoring of partnerships in relation to Programme/Project Managers
    • Writing press releases or press kits (occasional)

    Tools: website (bilingual English/French), pamphlets, brochures, reports, IAU Horizons magazines, e-bulletin

    II - Contribute to Membership development campaigns

    • Help to develop IAU Members and Community Engagement Strategy
    • Assist with membership development
    • Assess and administer membership application files

    III - Media relations

    • Develop an IAU media presence (Twitter, LinkedIn, press, others)
    • Help develop media contacts

    Dynamic, with good inter-personal /inter-cultural skills, positive attitude, ability to work both independently and within a team, able to manage multiple priorities simultaneously
    Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and in French
    Understanding of the work of IAU as well as other NGOs, UNESCO and other multilateral bodies, and the word of higher education in general
    Experience in an international context
    Good overall culture of different media levers, excluding media
    Master’s degree in Communication /Journalism or equivalent
    3-4 years of professional experience in a similar level position in communication

    Please send CV and covering letter to Ms. Angella NINO

    Download offer in pdf

  • IAU & ESN’s joint paper on COVID-19 impact on HE: Institutional and Students’ Perspectives

    A joint paper on the COVID-19 impact on Higher Education: Institutional and Students’ Perspectives

    The International Association of Universities (IAU) and the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) release a joint paper providing a reflection on the impact of COVID-19 on student exchange, based on the outcomes of the 1st IAU Global Survey Report on the Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education and the ESN’s Research Report on the impact of COVID-19 on student exchanges in Europe.

    The authors draw a parallel between the students’ responses and the higher education institutions (HEIs)’ responses, and come to the conclusion that even though both perspectives are different they remain complementary. This joint reflection explores several aspects of the impact of COVID-19 in higher education including: student exchange, communication between HEIs and students, the shift to online learning, and student support.

    We thank Joana Ribau Leite, Liaison Officer for Quality Education, Erasmus Student Network and Giorgio Marinoni, Manager, HE and Internationalization, International Association of Universities for their contribution to this paper.

    >> READ THE PAPER <<

  • A new Podcast on ’the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and higher education’

    The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), an IAU partner, has launched a new podcast series - Voices of Academia - as part of their Education for Justice (E4J) initiative. " Voices of Academia ” is a platform for academics to share their views and showcase the important role of higher education in advancing policy-making and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the UN 2030 Agenda.

    IAU Secretary General, Hilligje van’t Land, and César Wasen, Director of the International Affairs Office at Qatar University (an IAU Member) were invited to take part in the very first episode of the series dedicated to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and higher education. They discussed the initiatives undertaken by different universities around the world to help society achieve the SDGs, and explained why the SDGs are as important for higher education as higher education is for the advancement of the SDGs.

    This episode is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Soundcloud and Youtube!


  • IAU Webinar Series - The Future of Higher Education

    Sign up for a webinar on Reopening strategies at universities around the world

    The Future of Higher Education: Perspectives on reopening strategies at universities around the world
    This webinar will discuss strategies envisaged for the reopening of universities for the new semester/academic year in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic which is developing asymmetrically in different parts of the world and therefore, implies different challenges for universities.

    - Date: Tuesday, 7 July 2020
    - Time: 14 - 15:30 CEST (Paris time)

    - Speakers:

    • Ahmed Bawa, Chief Executive Officer, Universities South Africa;
    • Brad Farnsworth, Vice President, Global Engagement, American Council on Education;
    • Robert Napier, President, European Student Union
    • Sylvia Schmelkes, Deputy Rector, Iberoamericana university in Mexico;
    • Suchatvee Suwansawat, President, Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning

    - Moderators:

    • Pam Fredman, President, International Association of Universities
    • Hilligje van’t Land, Secretary General, International Association of Universities


    Recordings and presentations from past webinars are available here.

  • Pam Fredman, President of the International Association of Universities, interviewed in a Podcast

    Interlace PODCAST is a podcast platform aiming to encourage and facilitate debate among professionals and bring together people with an interest in internationalization of higher education.

    IAU President, Pam Fredman was invited to present the work of the International Association of Universities and explain the history of the Association, its mission and values but also why its role is of paramount importance in this time of global crisis. Pam Fredman also highlighted the importance of networking and mobility – Higher Education, Research and Knowledge must be connected.

    "By becoming a Member of the International Association, higher education institutions and organizations can be an active part of building the higher education community worldwide." - Pam Fredman, IAU President


    >> Not yet an IAU Member?


  • Sign up for a Free webinar on the future of higher education - digital dimension: exploring the different modes of learning

    IAU is pleased to continue its series of free webinars on the future of higher education. These webinars offer a unique opportunity to engage with higher education leaders and experts.

    - Next webinar session:

    The future of higher education - digital dimension: exploring the different modes of learning

    15 September 2020 - 11:00am-12:30pm CEST (Paris Time)

    This webinar will discuss the lessons learnt from the experience of remote teaching and learning. What are the opportunities deriving from this experience and how can it contribute to innovation in teaching and learning?

    - Discussion panel:

    • Dr. Àngels Fitó, Vice-President for Competitivity and Employability, Open University of Catalonia
    • Dr. Kamila Ghazali, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic & International), University of Malaya
    • Prof. Liz Johnson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Education at Deakin University

    >>>> Register now <<<<

  • IAU joins UNESCO Global Education Coalition

    The International Association of Universities joins the Global Education Coalition launched by UNESCO

    IAU joins forces with UNESCO and partners from around the world to ensure that #LearningNeverStops. UNESCO Global Education Coalition seeks to facilitate inclusive learning opportunities for children and youth during this period of sudden and unprecedented educational disruption through three main objectives: supporting the equitable continuation of learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring a full and fair return to education following the pandemic, strengthening learning systems for the future.

    IAU supports leaders of universities and other higher education institutions around the world by facilitating collaboration and exchange on solutions to the challenges encountered during the pandemic; IAU monitors impacts on the higher education sector, shares solutions and identifies key issues for higher education in the post-pandemic world.

    Amongst its activities to support the higher education sector during the pandemic, IAU published a first Global Survey on the Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education and recently published a new report on Regional/National Perspectives on the impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education

    IAU also developed a series of webpages gathering resources related to COVID-19.

    >>> Learn more about the Global Education Coalition

  • New IAU Report: Regional & National Perspectives on the Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education

    The International Association of Universities publishes a new report on Regional & National Perspectives on the Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education

    Following the publication of its First Global Survey on the Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education, the International Association of Universities (IAU) releases a new report providing Regional and National Perspectives on the Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education .

    The IAU’s first Global Survey on the Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education was conceived to better understand the disruption caused by COVID-19 across higher education institutions worldwide and to investigate the first measures undertaken by them. It aimed to capture a description of the impact of COVID-19 at the global level and on higher education in the broader sense, including all areas: teaching & learning, research, and community engagement.

    In order to complement the report and shed some light on the above mentioned topics, IAU called its member organizations to contribute to a new report focusing on Regional/National perspectives by contextualizing the results of the IAU global survey in their local realities and providing additional information.

    The report presents success stories at regional and national level in Asia, Europe, and North America.


  • A new statement to reaffirm the importance of international Higher Education

    The International Association of Universities contributes to the publication of a new Statement on the importance of international higher education and research

    In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Network of International Education Associations (NIEA) whose IAU is the coordinator, publishes a statement reaffirming the importance of international higher education and research, calling for governments and higher education institutions around the world to support international collaboration as an essential means to finding solutions to global issues, which manifest differently in various local contexts.

    The statement calls for:
    - National governments to:

    • Ensure higher education entities are considered key stakeholders in achieving sustainable development;
    • Support international higher education and research;
    • Increase access to international higher education opportunities globally;
    • Ensure equality;
    • Increase openness to and promote innovation in cooperation in research and internationalization of higher education

    - Higher Education Institutions to:

    • Promote and participate in cross-sectoral collaboration;
    • Improve knowledge development and dissemination;
    • Increase diversity and eliminate discrimination;
    • Develop co-curricular programmes and implement Internationalization at Home;
    • Make an Institutional commitment to society.

    The International Association of Universities (IAU):
    - Fully supports the NIEA call towards national governments around the world;

    - Invites its members to implement the NIEA actions called for, to foster the advancement of international higher education and research.

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