دانشگاه علوم پزشکی ایران
Iran University of Medical Sciences

The International Association of Universities (IAU)

 | Post date: 2018/10/6 | 

The International Association of Universities (IAU), founded in 1950, is an international institution, based in Paris and located at the headquarters of UNESCO.
 It brings together institutions and organizations from some 150 countries for reflection and action on higher education concerns.
The members debate about the common issues, offer their plans and new educational methods and application at the university level.  

New university administration, scientific educational planning, the purpose and role of universities in the society, and the interaction of universities and the society constitute the main topics dealt with in the IAU.

The IAU has worldwide membership including the Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP), the Association of Heads of World Universities, and the Association of Asian Universities.

The members express their views on initiatives and university administration, reflected by the country's broad policies and management, and then inform other world universities of their goals and decisions. Therefore, every member acts independently in sharing and communicating information on the university administration internationally. Some of the Iranian universities including the IUMS have long been members of the IAU.

Goal

The IAU principally aims to establish an international cooperation center for all higher educational institutions and universities around the world.

Mission

  • Liberty of action, academic freedom, and mutual understanding.

  • The right to the pursuit of knowledge or any research which leads to the truth.

  • Protection against any political or economic intervention and the freedom of expression of divergent opinions.

  • Preservation and encouragement of moral values and their diversity.

  • Conscious of the high responsibility of universities and academia as guardians of the intellectual life.

  • Conscious of their obligation as social institutions to promote the principles of freedom and justice, of human dignity and solidarity.

  • The commitment of universities to individual self-actualization, constructive criticism, and independence of thought in the pursuit of the truth.


Duties

  • To enhance the role of universities in and their responsibilities towards the society in the long run.

  • To promote the solidarity of universities and to help reduce inequalities among universities despite cultural differences.

  • To encourage students in entering higher education and to create equal opportunities for them.

  • To enhance the quality of universities across the world through sharing experiences and cooperation and networking.

  • To improve the quality of universities as learning places for students, lecturers and executives.

  • To facilitate a greater understanding of higher education through analysis, inquiry, debates and discussions, and awareness of international scientific educational activities.

  • To design and facilitate the implementation of programs for cooperation of members with other higher education institutions.


Publications

One of the benefits of the IAU's membership is having access to its publications, which are as follows:

  • Higher Education Policy

  • The IAU Horizons

  • The International Handbook of Universities

  • The International List of Universities

  • The Guide to Higher Education in Africa

  • The World Higher Education Database 2001

  • The IAU e-Newsletter

Organizational Structure of the IAU

The organizational structure of the IAU is as follows:

  • The General Assembly

  • The President

  • The Administrative Board

  • The Office of Academic Affairs

According to the IAU's Amendment of the Constitution, which was passed in the eleventh General Conference meeting in South Africa last year (Appendix 1), it was determined that the IAU's General Conferences be held quadrennially in the member countries.
General Conferences used to be held every five years. They are one of the main organizational units of the IAU, of whose duties is the appointment of the members of the Administrative Board and also the President of the IAU. 

 

Membership Fee

The membership fee of the IAU is calculated based on the number of students.

Number of Members

At the moment, the IAU members include 127 countries, 657 educational institutions, 12 international academic institutions, and 19 national academic institutions.

Address: 1, rue Miollis
City: Paris Cedex 15
Postal Code: 75732
Phone: +(331) 45 68 48 00
Fax: +(331) 47 34 76 05
E-Mail: iau[at]unesco.org
Web: www.unesco.org/iau

 



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