Each IARU partner is represented by the head of the institution. Presidents meet annually to discuss specific topics of interest related to the higher education trends.
The IARU Chair is elected from among the IARU Presidents for a period of 2 years. The Chair of IARU is Professor Nicholas Dirks, Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley.
Past IARU Chairpersons: Professor Ralf Hemmingsen, 2015 - 2016 (University of Copenhagen), 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).