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IAU counts four categories of Members


Member Institutions are universities or degree-conferring higher education institutions whose main objective is teaching and research, irrespective of whether or not they carry the name of university. Benefiting from IAU’s complete range of services and able to become active participants in all IAU working groups and activities, they also participate in the election of the President and the Administrative Board.

IAU Observer status can be granted to public or private not-for-profit degree-conferring higher education institutions, which do not yet meet the eligibility criteria for Membership of 3 cohorts of students. The Observer status is valid until the institution graduates three cohorts of students at which time it is admitted to full Institutional Membership. In creating this category, IAU wishes to become more inclusive and to contribute to the development of quality higher education globally.


Total Number: 33
Since the General Conference held in Durban in 2000, IAU counts Member Organizations. Member Organizations are higher education organizations active on the national, regional or international level. Just like Member Institutions, they are granted full benefits, voting rights, and are represented on the Administrative Board.

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Associations Universitaires Internationales

Associations Universitaires Nationales

Afrique du Sud
Universities South Africa

Bavarian University Alliance BUA

Association of Universities of Bangladesh

Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)
Universités Canada

Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities (CRUE)
Associació Catalana d’Universitats Públiques

American Council on Education (ACE)
Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)

Université virtuelle environnement et développement durable

Hungarian Rector’s Conference

Association of Indian Universities

Association of Private Universities of Japan
Japan Association of National Universities

National Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions (ANUIES)

Committee of Vice-Chancellors (CVC) of Nigerian Federal Universities

National Association of Universities from Peru

Association of Universities in the Netherlands

The National Council of Rectors in Romania

Association of Swedish Higher Education (SUHF)


IAU Affiliates are non-governmental organizations or networks, whose primary mandate is related to education and sharing the Association’s goals and values but which are not eligible to join as full members. Benefiting from IAU’s services, they participate in most of the Association’s projects.

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Asie et Pacifique



IAU Associates are well-known and respected leaders and experts in higher education who share IAU’s goals and values, and wish to enhance their personal collaboration with the Association. Connected to the information dissemination programme, Associates attend conferences and participate in IAU projects.

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  • Dr. Mohamed M. El-Faham - Doyen des études graduées, Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, Egypt & Director, Center for Special Studies & Programs (CSSP), Egypte
  • Dr. Zixin Hou - Ancien président, Université Nankai, Chine
  • Kevin Kinser - Associate Professor, Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies, Institute for Global Education Policy Studies, State University of New York at Albany, U.S.A.
  • Dr. Jason E. Lane - Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies, School of Education, University at Albany, State University of New York, U.S.A.
  • Jason Laker, Ph.D. - Professor, Department of Counselor Education San José State University, San José, CA, U.S.A.
  • Dr. H. Ian Macdonald - Président honoraire, Université York, Canada
  • Dr. Fava de Moraes - Ancien Recteur, Université de Sao Paulo, Brésil
  • Dr. Justin Thorens - Président Honoraire et Ancien Recteur, Université de Genève, Suisse.
  • George Tillman - consulting / expert-conseil, Canada
  • Samuel Akinyemi, Ph.D. - Senior lecturer and Sub-Dean, Faculty of Education Lagos State University, Nigeria
  • Eric Zimmerman, - Academic Secretary and Director of Research & Internationalization at Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC), Israel
  • Dr. Antonio Marques - Former IAU Administrative Board Member and Vice-Rector for International Relations, University of Porto, Portugal
  • Dr. Molly Corbett-Broad - Former IAU Administrative Board Member and President of the American Council on Education (ACE), USA
  • Dr. Agneta Bladh - Former IAU Administrative Board Member and Former Rector of the University of Kalmar,Sweden
  • Prof. Makoto Asashima - Former IAU Administrative Board Member and Former Managing Director & Vice-President of the University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Prof. Clifford Nii Boi Tagoe - Former IAU Administrative Board Member and Former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Ghana
  • Ms. Janyne Hodder - Former IAU Administrative Board Member and Past President of the College of The Bahamas, The Bahamas
  • Prof. Is-Haq Oloyede - Former IAU Administrative Deputy Board Member and Former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Nigeria
  • Prof. J.D. Amin - Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University, Dutse Nigeria
  • Stefan Delplace - Honorary Secretary General, EURASHE, European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (aisbl)
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