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  • Covid-19 : Enquête mondiale et ressources pour les Membres de l’AIU

    L’AIU surveille de près les divers impacts du Covid-19 sur la communauté de l’enseignement supérieur. Dans cette optique, l’AIU a développé une enquête mondiale sur l’impact du Covid-19. Partagez votre expérience avec la communauté, répondez à l’enquête ! (Disponible en français, anglais et espagnol)

    L’AIU a aussi développé une page de ressources(pdf) pour garder les Membres de l’AIU et toute la communauté de l’enseignement supérieur informés des derniers développements mis en place pendant la pandémie. Nous savons que les université à travers le monde prennent des mesures critiques pour répondre à la situation actuelle. Cette page de ressources sera mise à jour régulièrement au fur et à mesure que nous récoltons plus d’informations.

    Si vous êtes Membre de l’AIU et que vous souhaitez partager les mesures prises par votre établissement pour lutter contre le Covid-19 sur le site de l’AIU, envoyez un email à :

    Suivez-nous sur Twitter @IAU_IAU et utilisez #IAUCOVID19 dans vos tweets.

  • IAU’s 70th anniversary celebratory book: call for contributions!

    2020 is a very special year for the International Association of Universities as it marks its 70th anniversary! To celebrate these 70 years of international collaboration, IAU wishes to publish a collection of essays focusing on relevant themes and challenges in higher education by revisiting the past, analyzing the present, and looking into the future.

    To participate in this unique project, submit your abstract by 10 April 2020!

  • IAU 16th General Conference 2020 : call for contributions

    Updated: 02-Apr-20

    IAU is pleased to announce the 16th IAU General Conference to be held at University College Dublin in Ireland, from November 3-6, 2020. The theme of the conference is ’Relevance and value of universities to future society.’ Registrations will open in May 2020. IAU invites you to contribute to the break-out sessions by submitting a proposal by 15 May 2020 (new deadline) on one the following questions which will be discussed during the conference:

    1. Do the fundamental principles thought to underpin higher education in 1950 remain relevant today? What are the challenges facing university autonomy, academic freedom and scientific integrity, and how can they be addressed?
    2. How can universities contribute to the creation of a sustainable global society?
    3. How do we ensure that universities provide individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to become the leaders, critical thinkers, decision-makers, innovators, specialists, researchers and responsible citizens who will build a better future society?
    4. What does the digital transformation of society mean for how universities function as organisations and how they educate their students?
    5. How does internationalization support the relevance of universities to society?
    6. What responsibility do universities have to enhance health and well-being, and how can this responsibility be fulfilled?
    7. What is the role of universities with respect to innovation ecosystems nationally, regionally and globally?

    More info about the conference and the call for proposals here.

  • New Site Visit : Asian Institute of Technology

    IAU is delighted to announce the second site visit since the launch of the "IAU Institutional Site Visits" programme in 2019. This year, the visit will take place at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok, Thailand on 30 Nov - 3 Dec 2020 and the main topic will be "Social Impact with Innovation".
    Don’t miss out this unique oportunity to discover an innovative institute and learn about leveraging technologies for a sustainable world! Learn more and register here. The site visits are open to IAU Members only.

  • IAU releases new global survey report on HESD

    IAU is delighted to announce the release of its 2nd Global Survey Report on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development conducted in June-July 2019. This report shows the importance of Universities and other Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and where issues still exist. It is also proof of the commitment and responsibilities of many Higher Education Institutions globally towards the 2030 Agenda.

    IAU received over 530 valid responses from all world regions during the six-week survey. The report analyses how universities engage with the SDGs in particular and how they promote sustainable development more broadly speaking. It is the only survey that maps the contributions of the higher education sector towards the 2030 Agenda at a global level.

    >> Discover the report!

  • The new edition of IAU’s International Handbook of Universities is out!

    IAU is pleased to announce the publication of the 29th edition of the International Handbook of Universities (IHU) describing national higher education systems in 196 countries and listing more than 18,400 acccredited higher education institutions (HEIs) that offer at least a 4-year degree or a 4-year professional diploma.

    This new edition of the IHU is available in print on demand and, new this year - it is also available in e-format! You can order your copy now on the website of our publishers Palgrave Macmillan.

    IAU Members benefit from a preferential rate both on the print and e-book. To get your Member discount code, please contact

  • Sign up for a free webinar on Internationalization of higher education !

    Discover a unique programme : the IAU Internationalization Strategy Advisory Service (ISAS 2.0), designed to help higher education institutions develop their internationalization policies, strategies and programmes.

    IAU invites you to learn more about this advisory service through a free webinar that will present the latest ISAS undertaken at Toyo University, an IAU Member institution in Japan. The speakers will share the internal process that led to a critical self-analysis of the institution’s current internationalization activities, as well as the ways in which ISAS 2.0 encouraged progress towards the goals set in Toyo’s strategy.

    The webinar will include direct testimonials of:
    - Prof. Betty Leask, ISAS expert panel member and Visiting Professor at the Centre for International Higher Education (CIHE), Boston College, USA
    - Prof. Shingo Ashizawa, Faculty of Global and Regional Studies, Toyo University, Japan.

    Tuesday 28 January at 18:00 CET (Paris time)

    The webinar is open exclusively to IAU Members. It is free of charge, but places are limited.
    To join, IAU, click here.

    Engage with top experts, who will provide you with tools and insights on how to enhance your internationalization activities!

    Registrations are now closed (maximum number of participants reached).

  • Discover IAU’s 2019-2020 achievements and perspectives

  • Discover IAU’s 2019-2020 Achievements and Perspectives

  • IAU, ACU and AUF strengthen joint collaboration to advance higher education

    The International Association of Universities (IAU), the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), and the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) have agreed to strengthen joint collaboration to advance and promote the contribution of higher education to meeting our shared global challenges, with a view to signing a formal memorandum of understanding (MOU) in 2020.

    Education – from cradle to grave, including higher education – is the necessary solution to most complex and intractable issues of our time, from climate change to inequality, migration to lack of access to education. None of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) identified in the UN Agenda 2030 can be achieved without the contribution of higher education and research.

    The need for equitable quality higher education is arguably greater than ever, as is the need to advocate the role of higher education in sustainable development at the highest levels, such as the United Nations. This requires a global response enabled by international cooperation.

    The three associations have a complementary membership and together represent more than 2,000 higher education institutions from across all continents, and thanks to the IAU World Higher Education Database ( they can reach out to more than 20,000 institutions. This diverse membership reaches out to higher education institutions, research institutes and associations internationally.

    The associations share a commitment to improving higher education, including access, equity and inclusion in higher education, and a belief that international collaboration is essential to the health and vitality of the sector globally.

    This partnership builds on recent collaboration between the associations, including the release of a joint statement on higher education’s essential contribution to the SDGs at the 2019 UN High-level Political Forum in New York. Jointly the associations will advocate for the role of higher education for sustainable development in global for and develop joint events, projects and initiatives to address higher education issues and in particular to harness higher education’s contribution to the SDGs.

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