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 Dr. Makoto Gonokami, the President of the University of Tokyo.
Past IARU Chairpersons: Chancellor Carol Christ, 2017 - 2018 (University of California, Berkeley); Professor Nicholas Dirks, 2017 (University of California, Berkeley); 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).