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  • #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.


    IAU takes part in UNESCO Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) meeting in Costa Rica to help define the future of the post gap agenda. It is also the opportunity for IAU to present its work in promoting higher education and research for sustainable development globally.

    The Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD, the follow- up programme to the Decade of ESD (2005-2014), seeks to generate and scale-up ESD and to accelerate progress towards sustainable development. The GAP aims to contribute substantially to the 2030 agenda.

  • Apply now for Rockefeller Bellagio Center Academic Residency!
    You are an academic willing to share your commitment to the development of society ? Seize this unique opportunity to carry out your project and make connections!

    The call for applications to the Academic Writing Residency Programme in Bellagio Center is open. By assisting the Rockefeller Foundation with the global outreach development of this beautiful programme, IAU is proud to encourage to apply individuals who shape thinking and catalyze action around projects that align with the Foundation’s mission of promoting the well-being of humanity, particularly through issues that have direct impact on the lives of poor and vulnerable populations. These issues include but are not limited to health, economic opportunity, urban resilience, as well as food and agriculture.

    This Residency Programme welcomes university and think tank-based academics, researchers, professors, and scientists from a wide array of backgrounds, disciplines and geographies, during a month in a serene but stimulating environment, combining uninterrupted individual day-time and evenings spent with innovative practitioners, writers and artists.

    The Call for application is now open until May 1, 2018 for residencies in 2019.

  • Last chance to register for LGEU-5 Canada

    McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, will host the 5th session of the LGEU PROGRAMME. It will take place 13 - 18 May 2018. from LGEU provides an international peer-learning space to help higher education leaders prepare for the multiple and complex responsibilities they take on in a challenging global context. Bringing together an international cohort of university representatives, to recognise and address local and regional opportunities and constraints, each LGEU session also offers a unique opportunity to learn about the local higher education system. Apply to work with colleagues from different institutions and countries. Join the growing LGEU alumni group. The programme is limited to 20 persons - so don’t miss this opportunity!

  • IAU 2018 International Conference - Call for case studies

    IAU 2018 International Conference, co-organized with the University of Malaya, will take place from 13-15 November 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It will be dedicated to the theme Higher education partnership for societal impact.

    IAU believes that higher education institutions (HEIs) play an important role in the development of societies. HEIs engage with society in a variety of ways. Partnerships with civil society, the private sector, local authorities and decision-makers or between HEIs take on numerous forms and shapes. Therefore, the conference will discuss and showcase how universities contribute to societal development around the world.

    IAU is launching a call for case studies to collect innovative partnerships for societal impact pursued by universities and other higher education institutions. Universities, which initiatives will be selected, will be invited to present their work at the conference.

    >> Call for case studies

    Mark your calendar, conference registrations will open on 3 April 2018!

  • IAU Horizons Magazine : Academic Freedom and University Autonomy under Threat

    This issue presents IAU projects and initiatives, focuses on the results of IAU 2017 Conference. It 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 offers a series of papers on « Academic Freedom and University Autonomy under Threat » of authors from around the world.

    >> Read the magazine
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  • IAU President & Secretary General at SDG Conference Bergen

    From 8 to 9 February, IAU President (Pam Fredman) and IAU Secretary General (Hilligje van’t Land) took part in the SDG Conference on Knowledge for Our Common Future organized by the University of Bergen in Norway, an IAU member. The objective of the conference was to engage Norway’s research and higher education communities, politicians, government officials, NGOs and industry in a discussion on how universities can contribute towards implementation of the SDGs.

    "It is important that your own institution lives the goals!”, said Pam Fredman IAU President. As former Former Vice-Rector of Gothenburg University in Sweden, Pam Fredman talked about her own experience. She stressed the importance of engaging the whole staff as well as students in order to efficiently implement the SDGs. She invited universities to share successful initiatives to inspire others.

    We must take diversity in culture and knowledge systems into account when working towards the SDGs”, declared Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Secretary General. She stressed that we can only achieve the goals by working together. She reminded that IAU always been committed to sustainable development and that the association will continue to play a key role in supporting higher education institutions to achieve the SDGs.

  • IAU Secretary General at CHEA Conference on Quality Assurance

    Last week, CHEA 2018 Annual Conference & CIQG 2018 Annual Meeting took place in Washington DC, USA. Gathered within a global Forum, Higher education stakeholders debated on Quality assurance.

    Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Secretary General, chaired the session on ’Are Institutional Autonomy and Social Accountability Mutually Exclusive?’.

  • ISAS (2.0) Planning & Strategy : Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology

    Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology is undertaking an ISAS (2.0) Planning and Strategy to put in place an internationalization strategy. The Expert Panel, set up by IAU to provide guidance for the elaboration of the strategy, undertook a site visit to Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) in India. It took place from 17 to 19 January 2018. During the three-day site visit, the Expert Panel consulted with members of the whole academic community of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT). During the next six months, IAU together with the Expert Panel will provide the institution with advice on how to develop their internationalization strategy.

    The Expert Panel, chaired by Eva Egron-Polak (IAU Senior Fellow), comprises Hans-Georg van Liempd (Managing Director, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Tilburg University, The Netherlands), Giorgio Marinoni (IAU Manager, HE and Internationalization Policy and Projects), and Manoranjan Prasad Sinha (Vice-Chancellor, Sido Kanhu Murmu University, Dumka, India).

  • Call for papers for IAU Horizons: Technology in Higher Education

    The next issue of IAU Horizons will focus on: Technology in higher education: opportunities for bridging divides? The rapid development technology and the digital transformation of society bring changes and new opportunities. The ‘In Focus’ section will consider how these changes impact higher education. What are the new opportunities that the digital transformation offer and how can they contribute to bridging rather than exacerbating already existing divides at the international, national and local level.

    IAU Members and beyond are invited to submit a paper sharing their experiences and views on the topic. Please send an email to IAU to indicate your interest and specify which aspect of the topic you wish to address.

    • Deadline for expression of interest: 5 March 2018
    • Deadline for full paper (max 800 words): 26 March 2018

    Contact: Trine Jensen

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