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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 11 members are:

The Australian National University (ANU) is one of the world’s leading centres for research and education. 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.

Research is central to everything ANU does, shaping our educational experience and our contribution to national and international policy debate. ANU researchers are a resource for Australia, investigating the most important questions facing society.

The University is consistently ranked in the top 100 universities in the world by a range of international measures, and 94 per cent 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 our students go on to become leaders in their home countries and on the world stage. The University’s reputation attracts people from around the world, with one third of our students and many staff coming from overseas. More than half our students are studying at postgraduate level, and all our students enjoy small class sizes and continual access to the best scholars in their field.

ANU is located at the heart of the national capital, alongside foreign missions, the Australian Parliament, other national institutions, research organisations, and offices of government. With close to 5,000 accommodation places on campus, ANU offers a student residential experience like no other.

For more information, please visit 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 implementing its results directly into practice. Founded in 1855, to researchers, it today offers an inspiring working environment, to students, a comprehensive education.

ETH Zurich has more than 18,000 students from over 110 countries, including 3,900 doctoral students. About 500 professors currently teach and conduct research in 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. Twenty-one Nobel Laureates have studied, taught or conducted research at ETH Zurich, underlining the excellent reputation of the university.

For more information, please visit 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 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 and organizing annual workshops on medical collaborations among member universities.

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 www.berkeley.edu.

Founded in 1209, the University of Cambridge comprises 31 autonomous Colleges, which admit undergraduates and provide small-group tuition, and 150 departments, faculties and institutions. The mission of the University is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence. To date, 90 affiliates of the University have won the Nobel Prize.

Cambridge is a global university. Its 19,000 student body includes 3,700 international students from 120 countries. Cambridge researchers collaborate with colleagues worldwide, and the University has established larger-scale partnerships in Asia, Africa and America. Cambridge is consistently ranked among the top five universities in the world.

The University sits at the heart of one of the world’s largest technology clusters. The ‘Cambridge Phenomenon’ has created 1,500 hi-tech companies, 12 of them valued at over US$1 billion and two at over US$10 billion. Cambridge promotes the interface between academia and business, and has a global reputation for innovation.

For more information, please visit www.cam.ac.uk.

Founded in 1829, the University of Cape  Town (UCT) has a proud  tradition of academic excellence, consistently ranked as the leading university in Africa (QS, THE, Shanghai-JT rankings). UCT has 26,000 students, a third of whom are postgraduates and a fifth from other countries.  UCT aims to be the premier academic meeting point between Africa and the rest of the world.

The university’s expertise in and commitment to developing African-centred knowledge attracts staff and students from over 100 countries in Africa and the rest of the world. UCT has built strong partnerships and exchange agreements with leading African and international institutions that further enrich the academic, social and cultural diversity of our campus.

UCT’s location at the tip of the African continent has positioned the university as a key generator for research on sub-Sahara Africa. One such example is the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) – an international enterprise to build the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the world – which has enabled UCT to become a hub for astronomy and astrophysics research in Africa. In its drive to expand and enhance its contribution to Africa’s development challenges and indigenous knowledge base, UCT provides focused support to areas of research that address these critical challenges, such as the African Climate and Development and the Poverty and Inequality initiatives.

The university is a world leader in research into HIV and tuberculosis and our Health Sciences Faculty is frequently ranked in the top 50 in the world; for two years in a row, UCT has received more funding from the National Institutes of Health than any other research institution outside the USA.

UCT actively explores ways in which the institution can contribute to a more equal and economically sustainable society in post-apartheid South Africa. We focus on producing graduates who are not only well-educated, but also mindful of the responsibilities of democratic citizenship.

For more information, please visit www.uct.ac.za.

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.

University of Copenhagen's Rector, Prof. Ralf Hemmingsen, is the current IARU chairperson from 2015 to 2016.

For more information, please visit 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. The University has a diverse academic community, with over a third of our 22,000 students and 42% of our academic staff coming from outside the UK.

Oxford is well known for its tutorial teaching and its strong college communities that give students the opportunity to work directly with leading professors from the first day of their courses. Though well-known for its strengths in humanities and for the world-leading collections held in its libraries and museums, Oxford also has particular strengths in Medicine, Social Sciences and Life Sciences (first, third and fourth in the world respectively). Oxford has played a key role in shaping the IARU’s strategic direction, and has been active in establishing innovative programs such as the Global Summer Program.

For more information, please visit 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 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.