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IARU members are leading research universities that share a global vision, similar values and a commitment to educating future world leaders. On 14 January 2006, IARU members signed a memorandum of understanding to engage in various activities including summer internships, research collaborations, benchmarking best practices and identifying shared or common positions on key public issues. As the Alliance is small in nature, the members share a close-knit relationship. The 10 members are:

The Australian National University (ANU) was founded by the Australian Government in 1946 to apply the best minds to the biggest questions and advance Australia’s international standing. ANU has grown to become one of the world’s leading research-intensive centres of higher learning.

The University is consistently ranked in the top 50 universities in the world by a range of international measures, and 94% of research from ANU scholars is rated above world standard or well above world standard by the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia initiative. ANU scholars lead global thinking on issues of national and international significance, and students go on to become leaders in their home countries and on the world stage. As an active Alliance participant, ANU is the lead for the signature Campus Sustainability Program. Former Vice Chancellor Prof. Ian Chubb was IARU's inaugural chairman from 2005 - 2009.

For more information, please visit http://www.anu.edu.au/.

ETH Zurich is one of the leading international universities for technology and the natural sciences. It is well-known for its excellent education, ground-breaking fundamental research and for putting its new findings directly into practice. Founded in 1855, it today offers researchers an inspiring working environment and its students a comprehensive education.

ETH Zurich has some 18,000 students from over 100 different countries, 3,800 of whom are doctoral students. About 500 professors currently teach and conduct research in the areas of engineering, architecture, mathematics, natural sciences, system-oriented sciences, and management and social sciences. ETH Zurich regularly appears at the top of international rankings as one of the best universities in the world. 21 Nobel Laureates have studied, taught or conducted research at ETH Zurich, underlining the excellent reputation of the institute.

ETH Zurich's President, Prof. Ralph Eichler, is the current IARU chairperson from 2013 to 2014.

For more information, please visit http://www.ethz.ch/index_EN.

Founded in 1905, the National University of Singapore (NUS) is Singapore's flagship university which offers a global approach to education and research with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise. Its holistic educational approach is supported by its dedication to strategic research in key areas such as engineering, life sciences and biomedicine, social sciences and natural sciences. NUS' cosmopolitan community of students from over 100 countries further provides a diverse social and cultural educational experience. As a globally-oriented institution that strives towards the nurturing of an innovative community amongst students, NUS is an active partner in numerous activities, particularly the Global Summer Program and the Global Internship Program. NUS also spearheads discussions in areas such as global education and the value of research intensive universities. NUS President Prof. Tan Chorh Chuan was the IARU chairperson from 2009 to 2012.

For more information, please visit http://www.nus.edu.sg/.

Founded in 1898, Peking University (Beida) is a teaching and research university which embraces diversity ranging from the study of sciences to humanities to management. The commitment to intellectual freedom of thought has positioned Beida as a progressive center that has produced many modern Chinese thinkers and as an influential actor in the modernization of China. The tradition of intellectual inquiry underlying the transformation of Beida over time provides valuable lessons for collaborative initiatives ranging from sustainability to institutional practices for the Alliance. Currently, Beida is championing the alliance's joint-initiative for Academic IP and Technology Transfer.

For more information, please visit http://english.pku.edu.cn/.

Founded in 1868, University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) is a premier public university that prides itself as a wellspring of innovation. With its 130 academic departments and more than 80 inter-disciplinary research units divided into 14 colleges and schools, UC Berkeley provides a diverse and enriching environment for education and research. As a participant in numerous IARU initiatives such as the Global Summer Program, Campus Sustainability and Sustainability Fellowships, UC Berkeley shares its philosophy of learning and innovation through its engagement with the Alliance.

For more information, please visit http://www.berkeley.edu/.

Founded in 1209, University of Cambridge is one of the oldest universities in the world and a widely respected academic centre in the forefront of excellence. With its longstanding history in the pursuit of academic distinction, Cambridge actively leads the IARU benchmarking initiatives and enthusiastically participates in other key initiatives such as Alumni Associations and Integrated Services. As a steadfast believer in the freedom of thought and the questioning spirit, Cambridge's involvement with the Alliance bears testimony to its commitment to the furtherance of society through the pursuit of education and research at the highest international levels of excellence.

For more information, please visit http://www.cam.ac.uk/.

Founded in 1479, University of Copenhagen (UCPH) is a leading European university that is distinguished for its diversity in academic environment and scientific approaches. With its specialized focus on sustainability issues, UCPH is a keen participant in IARU initiatives pertaining to aging, longevity and health and climate changes. It has also led and organized a successful IARU Climate Change Congress in conjunction with COP-15 and organizes the Sustainability Congress 2014 which further underscores its commitment to be a leading international climate university. Given its encouragement of diversity and excellence in research, UCPH brings a spirit of intellectual engagement in its interaction with the Alliance.

For more information, please visit http://www.ku.dk/english/.

Founded in 1096 (est.), University of Oxford has the accolade of being the first university in the English-speaking world, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Its culture of close academic supervision and the academic communities fostered by its colleges have inspired many students. Oxford has played a key role in shaping the strategic direction for IARU and has been active in establishing innovative programs such as the Global Summer Program. With its tradition of contributing to global developments and endeavours through education and research, Oxford is an inspiring collaborator for the Alliance.

For more information, please visit http://www.ox.ac.uk/.

Founded in 1877, The University of Tokyo (UTokyo) is a prestigious leading university that provides a full spectrum of academic activities which allows students to develop intellectual depth while acquiring professional skills. It has been a supportive collaborator in various IARU research initiatives, such as the joint-working initiative on benchmarking Women and Men in Globalizing Universities (with Berkeley). The spirit of perseverance towards the creation of a global research and education network distinguishes UTokyo from its peers. With its belief in the value of providing a varied academic environment, UTokyo brings an inherent richness of culture in its engagement with the Alliance.

For more information, please visit http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/.

Founded in 1701, Yale University is located in New Haven, Connecticut (USA) and consists of the Yale College, the four-year undergraduate school, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the professional schools (Architecture, Art, Divinity, Drama, Engineering and Applied Science, Forestry and Environmental Studies, Law, Management, Medicine, Music, Nursing and Public Health). Among Yale's 11,900 students, there are more than 2,300 international students (19%) from 118 different countries. More than 56% of the undergraduate students including international students receive need-based scholarships or grants. International and domestic Doctoral students in the Arts and Sciences pay no tuition and receive a generous annual stipend. Currently, more than 970 faculty members are conducting international research projects.

For more information, please visit http://yale.edu.