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Each IARU partner is represented by the head of the institution. Presidents meet annually to discuss initiatives that are branded under the Alliance's name as well as to discuss specific topics of interest related to the higher education trends. The IARU Presidents are:


Australian National University

Professor Ian Young AO was appointed Vice-Chancellor of ANU in March 2011.

He was previously Vice-Chancellor of Swinburne University of Technology for seven years (2003 to 2011). He was Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Adelaide from 1999 to 2003. For part of this time he simultaneously held the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor (International). In 2014 he was elected Chair of the Group of Eight (Go8) Board of Directors.

Professor Young has held the positions of Chair of Education Australia Ltd and Director of IDP Education Pty Ltd. From 2009 to 2011, he was a Member of the Australian Qualifications Framework Council.

Following a PhD at James Cook University of North Queensland, Professor Young began his academic career at the Max Planck Institut fur Meteorologie, Hamburg Germany, ultimately becoming Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of New South Wales. Professor Young's research interests are in Coastal and Ocean Engineering and Physical Oceanography. He has a distinguished academic career, having published three books and more than 100 refereed papers. He has had sustained research support from the Australian Research Council and has been a consultant to the US Navy and the offshore oil and gas industry in Australia, Asia and North America.

He has won numerous awards including: the C N Barton Medal and Lorenz G Straub Medal. In 2003 he was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to Australian Society. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia and a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. In 2012 he was named an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia for  distinguished service to tertiary education.

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ETH Zurich

Lino Guzzella has been full professor of thermotronics since 1999 and, in addition, from August 2012 to December 2014 Rector of ETH Zurich. Since January 2015 he is President of ETH Zurich.

He was born on October 13, 1957 in Zurich. After receiving his mechanical engineering diploma in 1981 and his doctoral degree in 1986 from ETH, he held several positions in industry (R&D team leader, Sulzer Brothers, Winterthur; R&D mechatronics department head, Hilti, Schaan) and academia (assistant and associate professor in the electrical engineering and mechanical engineering department at ETH; Honda Visiting Professor at The Ohio State University).

With his group he focuses in research on novel approaches in system dynamics and control of energy conversion systems. Control-oriented systems modeling, dynamic optimization and feedback control design methods are the main area of research. A particular emphasis is placed on the minimization of fuel consumption and pollutant emission of land vehicle propulsion systems. Among others he received the IEEE-MSC - Industry Award for Excellence in Translational Control Research, IEEE Control Systems Magazine Outstanding Paper Award, the SAE Arch T. Colwell Merit Award and the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, the IMechE Thomas Hawksley Medal and Crompton Lancaster Medal, the Energy Globe Award and the Golden Owl 2011 for Excellence in Teaching.

Prof. Guzzella has published more than 100 research articles in peer refereed journals and conferences as well as two research textbooks (Introduction to Modeling and Control of IC Engine Systems, Springer Verlag, 2nd. Ed. 2010 and Vehicle Propulsion Systems - Modeling and Optimization, Springer Verlag, 3rd Ed. 2013). He has been a keynote speaker at many conferences worldwide.

Prof. Guzzella is a fellow of IFAC and a fellow of IEEE and a member of the Swiss academy of engineering sciences (SATW). Prof. Guzzella is member of several international and national research committees, e.g. the Swiss CTI Committee on Engineering Sciences and was for many years member of the board of governors of IFAC.

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National University of Singapore

Professor Tan Chorh Chuan is the President of NUS. He concurrently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the National University Health System. Prof Tan's additional appointments include Deputy Chairman of Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR); Senior Advisor to the Governing Board of Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School; and Member, Board of Directors of the Monetary Authority of Singapore. His previous appointments included various senior positions in academia and public service such as Dean of the NUS Faculty of Medicine and Director of Medical Services at the Singapore Ministry of Health. Professor Tan's active leadership in the fields of science, technology and health has been recognized through numerous awards such as the Public Service Star in 2003, the Public Administration Gold Medal in 2004 and the National Science and Technology Medal in 2008. He is currently Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global University Leaders Forum.

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Peking University

LIN Jianhuais President of Peking University and Professor of Chemistry. His presidential term began in February 2015.

Prior to becoming President of Peking University, Professor Lin served as President of Chongqing University from December 2010 to June 2013, and President Zhejiang University from 2013 to 2015. Other leadership roles have included: Dean of the College of Chemistry, Executive Vice President and Provost at Peking University from 1998 to 2010.

Born in October 1955 in Inner Mongolia, China, Professor Lin received his PhD in Chemistry from Peking University in 1986 and joined the University as an academic faculty in the same year. From 1988 to 1993, he conducted his post-doctoral research in the field of inorganic solid chemistry and material chemistry first at Max-Planck Institute of Solid State Research in Germany and then at the Department of Chemistry at Iowa State University and Ames National Laboratory in the US. In 1993, Professor Lin returned to teach at Peking University as an Associate Professor and was promoted to full professorship in 1995.

Professor Lin’s research interests cover a wide range of areas in solid chemistry, with more focus on new metal borates with novel structure type, and synthesis, structure and properties of transition metal oxides. He has published over 140 journal articles on the related subjects.

In addition to teaching and mentoring scores of students, Professor Lin won the 1st Prize for State-level Teaching Excellence in 2009. He was also awarded the 2nd Prize for Science and Technology Excellence by the Ministry of Education in 1995 and a recipient of National Outstanding Youth Foundation in 1997.

University of California, Berkeley

NICHOLAS B. DIRKS became the 10th chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley on June 1, 2013. An internationally renowned historian and anthropologist, he is a leader in higher education and well-known for his commitment to and advocacy for accessible, high-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, to the globalization of the university, and to innovation across the disciplines as well as in applied and basic fields.

Before coming to Berkeley, he was the executive vice president for the arts and sciences and dean of the faculty at Columbia University, where, in addition to his work on behalf of undergraduate programs, he improved and diversified the faculty, putting special emphasis on interdisciplinary and international initiatives. The Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology and History, Dirks joined Columbia in 1997 as chair of the anthropology department. Prior to his appointment at Columbia, he was a professor of history and anthropology at the University of Michigan for 10 years, before which he taught Asian history and civilization at the California Institute of Technology.

Dirks has held numerous fellowships and scholarships and received several scholarly honors, including a MacArthur Foundation residential fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Lionel Trilling Award for his book Castes of Mind. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and serves on numerous national and international bodies, as adviser or member of the board. He is also a Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Cambridge University

Sir Leszek Borysiewicz is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. His previous appointments include Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council - the main funding body for medical academics in the UK - Deputy Rector of Imperial College, Governor of the Wellcome Trust and founding Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. For his services to medical research in the UK, and in particular for his development of a vaccine to reduce the risk of cervical cancer, Sir Leszek was knighted in the 2001 New Year's Honours List. He is an outstanding scholar and a highly respected leader with an impressive record of excellence.

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University of Copenhagen

Professor Dr. Ralf Hemmingsen is the Rector of UCPH. He had served three years as Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences before his current appointment and was awarded the University of Copenhagen Gold Medal. Professor Hemmingsen's prior appointments included key positions in the medical sector such as the Medical Director of the Psychiatric Department at Bispebjerg Hospital in Copenhagen and the Deputy Chairman of the Association of Junior Doctors. He is well-respected as an educator and a researcher in the fields of neurobiology and psychiatry.

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University of Oxford

Professor Andrew Hamilton is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford. He is a distinguished organic chemist and continues to run an active research laboratory alongside his administrative duties. He is a fellow of the Royal Society, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a recipient of the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society. He arrived in Oxford in 2009 from an academic career in the US, at Princeton, Pittsburgh and Yale. Most recently he was Provost at Yale.

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The University of Tokyo

Professor Makoto Gonokami became the 30th President of the University of Tokyo on April 1st, 2015, with a six-year term. Prof. Gonokami was previously the Dean of the School of Science. He became a full professor in 1998 having joined UTokyo as an academic staff in 1983. He has held several appointments in UTokyo including the positions of Vice President (’12-’14), Director of Photon Science Center (’08-’14), and the Director of Institute for Photon Science and Technology (’13-’14). He is a council member of the Science Council of Japan, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society (2012) and Optical Society of America (2013). Professor Gonokami is well-known in the field of photon science, and has established world-leading photon research centers in the School of Science and School of Engineering.

Yale University

Peter Salovey is the 23rd president of Yale University and the Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology. He began his tenure in July 2013. After receiving an A.B. (psychology) and A.M. (sociology) from Stanford University in 1980 with departmental honors and university distinction, Salovey earned three degrees at Yale in psychology: an M.S. (1983), M.Phil. (1984), and Ph.D. (1986). He holds secondary faculty appointments in the Schools of Management and Public Health, the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, and the Sociology Department.

Salovey has authored or edited over a dozen books translated into eleven languages and published hundreds of journal articles and essays, focused primarily on human emotion and health behavior. With John D. Mayer, he developed a broad framework called “Emotional Intelligence”, the theory that people have a wide range of measurable emotional skills that profoundly affect their thinking and action.

Other leadership roles at Yale have included: chair of the Department of Psychology (2000 to 2003); dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (2003 and 2004); and dean of Yale College (2004 to 2008). He has an honorary doctorate from the University of Pretoria in South Africa and in 2013 was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Professor Ralph Eichler, 2013 - 2014
ETH Zurich

Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, 2009 - 2012
National University of Singapore

Professor Ian Chubb, 2005 - 2008
Australian National University