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  • Sign up now for the 6th session of IAU leadership development programme

    Registrations are now open for the 6th session of IAU leadership development programme LEADING GLOBALLY ENGAGED UNIVERSITIES (LGEU).
    Bringing together a cohort of 15-20 university representatives from all aprts of the world, LGEU provides a unique opportunity for higher education leaders with an international outlook to engage in peer-to-peer learning in a distinctive, internationally-oriented leadership development programme. LGEU offers a real opportunity to gain new insights into higher education trends and practices in a wide range of countries as well as a chance to build new institutional connections.



    14 - 19 OCTOBER 2018

    hosted by The National University of Political Studies and Public Administration

    The programme is limited to 20 persons - so don’t miss this opportunity! Apply here

  • Stephen Freedman, IAU Board Member, passes away

    Dear Members of the IAU Community,

    It is with great sadness that IAU announces the sudden passing of Stephen Freedman, Provost of Fordham University, New York, on 2 July 2018.

    Stephen, a Member of the IAU Administrative Board since 2008, was a strong supporter of the work of the IAU, sharing the values, the mission and vision upheld by the Association. Stephen was a very dedicated, passionate, open-minded and caring man, who was truly committed to teaching, research and community engagement and to what a global, inclusive and diversity-minded university should stand for.

    His absence from the IAU Administrative Board will be greatly felt, and he will be sorely missed, not only by his fellow Board Members but also by the IAU Secretariat, and Members of IAU who had the privilege to have known him and worked with him.

    You will find a tribute to Stephen on Fordham University website

    IAU would like to express its deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues at Fordham University,

    Yours sincerely,
    Hilligje van’t Land, PhD
    Secretary General, International Association of Universities (IAU)
    Executive Director, International Universities Bureau

  • Take part in IAU 5th Global Survey on Internationalization

    The International Association of Universities (IAU) is conducting its 5th Global Survey on Internationalization of Higher Education. Each IAU Global Survey provides a unique analysis of global trends on internationalization of higher education. It is the longest running internationalization survey of its type, with the first survey being undertaken in 2003. The IAU Global Surveys have become an invaluable resource for those interested in internationalization of higher education.

    The International Association of Universities has reached out to the Higher Education Institutions around the world, including to some 50 higher education organisations inviting them to take the 5th Global Survey Questionnaire on the Internationalization of Higher Education. Responses will all and always be treated as completely confidential:

    • We do not report or share individual results or identifying characteristics with the IAU Membership or higher education community.
    • We only report average results to the global higher education community unless specific agreements have been officially been agreed upon for specific issues to be highlighted. Your response will be averaged with other responses to protect the identity of all individual respondents.

    If you’d like to learn more about how IAU shares the results of the Survey, please contact

    You can take the survey in English or French or Spanish.

    The deadline to fill in the survey is 31 July.

    Sponsoring partners of the 5th edition of the Global Survey on Internationalization of Higher Education:

    Contact Giorgio Marinoni

  • Salamanca celebrates 800 Years - IAU President attends IVth Rectors’ Meeting

    Pam Fredman, IAU President, represented IAU at the Inaugural Panel of the IV International Rectors’ Meeting Universia 2018. The Meeting took place on 21 - 22 May at the University of Salamanca, Spain.
    An IAU founding Member since 1950, University of Salamanca celebrates its 8th centenary. Themed ‘University, Society, and Future’, the Meeting, attended by rectors, deans and academic leaders from over 600 universities in 26 countries, focused on training and learning in the digital world; research at the university; and universities’ contribution to social and territorial development.
    Prof. Fredman emphasized the importance of academic values and academic competences students acquire during their studies, themes which were brought up by many speakers. The Meeting concluded with the release of the Declaration of Salamanca.

    The event has been covered by various newspapers around the world:

  • IAU Blog on the role of technology in higher education

    IAU is pleased to launch a blog dedicated to the role of technology in higher education and to the transformation of higher education in the digital era. The aim of this blog is to share experiences and information about the digital transformation in higher education with perspectives from all regions of the world. IAU Members and beyond can share innovative initiatives and best practices or voice concern about developments in this field. IAU believes that through exchange and cooperation, we can contribute to shaping the digital transformation in higher education.

    Click here to discover the blog

    The IAU Horizons magazine (23.1) dedicated the ’In Focus’ section to the topic "Technology and higher education: opportunities for bridging divides?" The authors of the 11 articles coming from around the world also agreed to share their thinking and articles on the blog in order to kick-start the discussion.

    IAU invites its Members to consider contributing and submitting a contribution to IAU (max 800 words).

    Please contact Trine Jensen for expressions of interest.

  • IAU Expert Advisory Group meeting on digital transformation in Bucharest, Romania

    Hosted by the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA), the IAU Expert Advisory Group was officially established and started drafting a new IAU Policy Statement on the digital transformation in higher education on 28-29 May 2018 in Bucharest, Romania. Members from around the world discussed the structure and the essential principles and values that must guide the digital transformation in higher education for the common good.

    The drafting process will take place over the next two years and include several stakeholder consultations. The final statement will be submitted for adoption to the IAU 16th General Conference, which will take place in Dublin, Ireland in 2020.

    A survey will be developed and disseminated to all IAU Members and beyond in order to collect information that will serve the drafting of the statement.

    Contact Trine Jensen for more information.

  • IAU Horizons 23.1: Technology in Higher Education & Call for papers next edition

    The first 2018 edition of IAU Horizons (23.1) presents information about the activities of the Association, the upcoming IAU 2018 International Conference in Kuala Lumpur. The In Focus section gathers 11 articles from around the world discussing the important topic: “Technology in Higher Education: Opportunities for Bridging Divides’ Click here to read the magazine.

    Call for papers for IAU Horizons (23.2): higher education partnerships for societal impact

    In preparation of the upcoming conference, the next issue of IAU Horizons, the ‘In Focus’ will be devoted to the theme of the conference: ‘Higher education partnerships for societal impact’
    If you are interested in contributing a paper related to this topic, please send a message expressing your interest and explaining briefly how you wish to address this topic in your paper.

    Deadline for expressions interest: 30 June 2018
    Deadline for submission of paper (max 800 words): 31 July 2018
    Contact: Juliette Becker

  • IAU took part in the EHEA Ministerial Conference in May

    IAU took part in the Ministerial Conference celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Bologna Process. It was held in Paris, on May 24-25, 2018. Opened to European Higher Education Area (EHEA) delegations, it included a Bologna Policy Forum that provided an opportunity to pursue a dialogue between EHEA and non-EHEA countries. The Paris Conference thus offered an opportunity to reinforce international cooperation for a better future of higher education.
    The Ministerial Communiqué stresses the need to improve the implementation of fundamental values, especially democracy, since the standards of higher education convey notions of peace and freedom.
    IAU Vice President Remus Pricopie, Rector SNSPA, and Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Secretary General represented the IAU during these events. The SG chaired the round table on Higher Education social responsibility: the civic role of higher education institutions.

    Declaration Ministerial Conference

    Bologna Policy Forum Statement

  • Professor Justin Thorens Former President IAU receives the IAU President Award

    On 4 May 2018, the IAU was honored to present the IAU President’s Award in Higher Education to Professor Justin Thorens, Former IAU President (1985-1990), Former President University of Geneva, for his outstanding contributions to IAU’s life and work and his full commitment to the higher education values promoted by the IAU. The Award was presented by IAU past Secretary General Eva Egron-Polak and the current Secretary General and in the presence of the IAU Secretariat.
    Please click here for more information on Professor Justin Thorens’ career and his contributions to development of the IAU statement on Academic Freedom and University Autonomy.

  • #LGEU5 - 5th session of Leading Globally Engaged Universities in Canada

    The 5th session of Leading Globally Engaged Universities (LGEU), the IAU unique leadership training programme, was hosted for the first time ever in North America, by McMaster University in Canada, from 13 to 18 May 2018.

    The week-long event gathered representatives from Canada, Colombia, Haiti, Ghana, Romania, South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States and Thailand. Participants particularly enjoyed the excellent hosting of the event and the unique opportunity provided to connect and learn to trust each other on sensitive issues relating to leadership in very different contexts yet presenting similarities conducive to unique exchanges.

    Mark your calendars to attend the next session, learn more about the kind of leader you are and how best to engage globally!
    LGEU-6 will be hosted by the prestigious National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, in Bucharest, Romania on 14-19 October 2018.

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