Global University Memberships
Global University Joins The International Association of Universities (IAU)
The International Association of Universities (IAU) is the UNESCO-based worldwide association of higher education institutions. It brings together institutions and organizations from some 150 countries for "reflection and action on common concerns and collaborates with various international, regional and national bodies active in higher education.
IAU is based in Paris, France and located at the headquarters of UNESCO. However, it is an independent organization.
IAU is a global, dynamic organization. Its members are based in every part of the world. This implies to come up with precise, high-quality common documents to compensate for the physical distance.
IAU, founded in 1950, is the UNESCO-based worldwide association of higher education institutions. It brings together institutions and organizations from some 150 countries for reflection and action on common concerns and collaborates with various international, regional and national bodies active in higher education. Its services are available on the priority basis to Members but also to organizations, institutions and authorities concerned with higher education, as well as to individual policy and decision-makers, specialists, administrators, teachers, researchers and students.
IAU links up its Members, offering them quality services, networking and collective action.
The Association speaks on behalf of universities, other higher education institutions and associations and represents their concerns and interests in public debate and to outside partners.
Both of these complementary goals are pursued through future oriented collective action, including conferences and meetings, information services, policy discussion, research and publications.
By encouraging Members to work together, IAU Facilitates the exchange of experience and learning and fosters cooperation; Restates and defends the academic values and principles that underlie and determine the proper functioning of universities and other higher education institutions; Upholds and contributes to the development of a long-term vision of universities' role and responsibilities in society; Voices the concerns for higher education with regard to policies of international bodies such as UNESCO, the World Bank and others; Contributes to a better understanding of current trends and policy developments through analysis, research and debate; provides comprehensive and authoritative information on higher education systems, institutions and qualifications worldwide.