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President’s Message

“I am honored to serve as IAU President for the coming 4 years. I am committed to fulfil IAU vision and mission to ensure the higher education community plays a key role in the development of sustainable and fair societies.
After 10 years as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gothenburg, I am fully aware of the challenges faced by universities and their leaders. In this context, I have personally benefited from IAU knowledge sharing and networking opportunities. Indeed, it offers a unique forum for university leaders to learn from each other. It also provides a unique support to universities in taking full advantage of higher education internationalization.
The commitment of the Higher education community is essential to reach the targets set up by the UN. The universities must support the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the Agenda 2030. IAU will provide support to the higher education community to engage in creating, developing and transforming knowledge for a sustainable future.
Through strong collaborative work, IAU seeks to make a difference for its members, the wider higher education community and the society. IAU new strategic plan 2016-2020 reflects those commitments.
I am thrilled to work with my colleagues of the Administrative Board and the Secretariat to make IAU even more successful in pursuing its mission. I am convinced the IAU has still a prominent role to play for decades to come.”

Pam Fredman
IAU President (2016-2020)
Former Vice-Rector of Gothenburg University

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