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IARU welcomes a new member at its 10th anniversary: the University of Cape Town

From January 2016 the International Alliance of Research Universities will welcome the University of Cape Town (UCT) as its 11th partner.

University of Cape Town will be the first African university to join this strategic partnership and the first new member since the formation of the alliance 10 years ago. Read more »»

The Application Period for the Global Summer Program 2016 has opened

Students from the ten IARU universities can now apply for 22 exciting courses offered by the IARU Global Summer Program 2016.The courses run between June and September 2016.

Thanks to IARU's partnership with Banco Santander, scholarships are avilable to students of all ten universities.

Closing dates for applications is 22 February 2016 for NUS students, Mid-February for UTokyo students and 7 March 2017 for students from the other 8 IARU universities (ANU, ETH Zurich, PKU, UC Berkeley, Cambridge, UCPH, Oxford and Yale). Read More...

A successful Global University Climate Forum

Students from all over the world raise the climate sign at the Global Univeristy Climate Forum

The IARU Global University Climate Forum was successfully held in Paris last Saturday 5 December. 27 international teams presented concrete projects on how to make a lasting impact on campus.

While implementing their projects during the next year, students will remain in touch via an online platform continuing the exchange and feedback started in Paris.

Get an impression of the event here.

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Countdown to the IARU Global University Climate Forum workshop

The IARU GUCF2015 hosted by Sorbonne Universités will take place on 5 December, during the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations (COP21). 100 students from over 30 universities from across the world will gather in Paris, the workshop will be a unique opportunity to share and learn about brilliant projects for sustainability on campus.

Students' project ideas span disciplines and methods: from app-based systems over reduced food waste in campus canteens to behavior-changing campaigns and retrofitting plans. Continuing with innovative financial solutions for greening students' and universities' investments before moving on to experiencing a sustainable lifestyle during 3 weeks. More about the projects will be disclosed in Paris in December – and with ample opportunity for networking and getting inspired.

Barthélémy Jobert, President of Paris-Sorbonne University, and Frances Beinecke, Associate Research Scholar at Yale University and former Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council, will open the event followed by presentation of the student teams' projects.

The projects will be reviewed by peers and commentators including: Professor Daniel Kammen from University of California Berkeley, Maria Ivanova from the Center for Governance and Sustainability at UMass Boston and Zena Harris from the International Sustainable Campus Network.

After the workshop, work will continue on campus while the network will move online and keep in touch for the sake of addressing climate change.

Follow the event online with the hashtag #GUCF2015. Read more »»

2015 IARU Senior Officers' Meeting

IARU Senior Officers met in Copenhagen on 22 and 23 October to discuss the further developments of IARU. Senior Officers addressed Global Transformation in IARU members' strategies and agreed to develop a joint online course to be offered to IARU students. Senior Officers also exchanged about cyber threats and security in open institutions, such as universities.

Global Internship Program - New Position at NUS International Relations Office

The National University of Singapore has opened a new internship position at the International Relations Office.

The internship runs from February 2016 to July 2016, application is open until 5 November 23:59 Singaporean Time. Read More »»

The 2015 Global University Climate Forum received applications from over 20 countries!

The Global University Climate Forum application period closed on 1 October. A team of experts will now assess all projects. The finalists will be notified by 16 October.

Selected teams will be invited to send two or three student representatives to participate in a one-day workshop during the COP21 in Paris. The event will take place on 5 December and will be co-hosted by Sorbonne Universités.

Following this peer review workshop and networking event, teams will report monthly on their progress through an online platform, with the aim of keeping students in contact and active for the cause of addressing climate change. Read More »»

Apply now to the call for university student climate change proposals – Global Challenges, Local Solutions

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The IARU Global University Climate Forum is a one-day workshop on 5 December in Paris during the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations (COP21) where student teams from around the world will present their ideas for local-scale projects that will yield measureable impacts over the course of one year. To participate, student teams should apply online during the month of September. More »»


Green Guide for Universities now available in Japanese


The IARU's must-have Green Guide for Universities has been translated in Japanese by the University of Tokyo Sustainable Campus Project. The guide, showcasing real-world examples of environmental, financial, and social successes, will now be accessible to a wider audience of students and leaders willing to make a difference. More (in Japanese) »»

IARU Global University Climate Forum

IARU GUCF2015 clip

The Forum embodies the saying “Think global; act local ", it invites teams of university students to submit project ideas focusing on tangible, campus-based solutions that ultimately impact student awareness and global environmental consciousness.

Selected teams will meet in a one-day workshop in Paris in December 2015, at the same time when countries from around the world will convene in Paris for the UN climate negotiations (COP21). More »»

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A new IARU Global Internship opportunity opens at NUS

NUS International Relations Office




The National University of Singapore has opened a new internship position at the International Relations Office.

The internship runs from August 2015 to February 2016, application is open until 30 May. More »»

First IARU World Alumni Forum successfully held in Tokyo



The theme of the first IARU World Alumni Forum on 1 March 2015 was “Economics, Culture and Innovation: Lessons from Japan”. Experts in different fields discussed what can be learned from the recent developments in Japan from a variety of perspectives. In the concluding panel discussion, the IARU university presidents debated the future challenges of universities. The closing highlight of the event was a Networking Reception for alumni and university representatives. More»»

IARU Lexicon of Research Terms

The IARU Research Administrators’ Network has developed a Lexicon of Research Terms with terms used in research, research projects and research administration with different meanings and interpretations in different countries. More»»

Internship Opportunties at IARU Universities

ETH Zurich, National University of Singapore, Peking University and the University of Tokyo offer a total of 19 summer internships to students from IARU universities. More »»


Interns from the internship program (C2CNB) at UTokyo, 2014



Cherry blossoms in JapanRegister now to attend the IARU World Alumni Forum on 1 March at the University of Tokyo

All alumni from an IARU university are invited to the IARU World Alumni Forum in Tokyo on 1 March. Listen to the IARU Presidents debating the challenges of the future and meet them in person at the networking reception.

Program and registration »»

The Application Period for the Global Summer Program 2015 has opened

Students from the ten IARU universities can now apply for 20 exciting courses offered by the IARU Global Summer Program 2015. The courses run between June and August 2015. Thanks to IARU's partnership with Banco Santander, scholarships are avilable to students of all ten universities. Closing dates for applications is 22 February 2015 for NUS and UTokyo students and 6 March 2015 for students from the other 8 IARU universities (ANU, ETH Zurich, PKU, UC Berkeley, Cambridge, UCPH, Oxford and Yale). More information »»


First IARU World Alumni Forum to be held on 1 March 2015 at the University of Tokyo


The IARU Alumni Associations Network invite all alumni belonging to one of the ten IARU universities to the first IARU World Alumni Forum. IARU Presidents and experts in different fields will discuss “Economics, Culture and Innovation: Lessons from Japan”. The event, hosted by the University of Tokyo, will take place on 1 March 2015.

Program and registration »»

IARU Libraries become "Green"!

The IARU Librarians' Contact Group has developed a report that showcases IARU libraries' activities to make a significant contribution to the overall reduction of the campus carbon footprint, and where possible, reduce both recurrent and capital costs in libraries. The report can be downloaded from the webpage of the Librarians' Contact Group.

Green Guide for Universities – IARU pathways towards sustainability

Universities have the opportunity to create cultures of sustainability for today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders, and to set their expectations for how the world should be. In providing real-world examples of environmental, financial, and social successes, IARU hopes to inspire innovation and creative action in universities around the globe.



The IARU Green Guide for Universities, jointly developed by the ten IARU universities and the international think-tank Sustainia, presents key issues, recommendations and lessons learned by IARU universities. It addresses the challenges and opportunities of campus sustainability, with a particular focus on environmental aspects. The guide includes 23 inspiring cases that have made a difference at the IARU universities.

Download the IARU Green Guide for Universities (PDF, 4.3 MB)
Access the ISSUU reader: Green Guide for Universities (electronic version)


Making Universities Sustainable Conference

The "Making Universities Sustainable Conference", 22-24 October 2014 in Copenhagen, is a unique opportunity to learn more about the experiences, cases, recommendations and challenges of the ten IARU universities. Meet, learn and share experiences on key themes in making universities sustainable with other sustainability professionals.
See the programme and sign up at

The conference is a side event to the scientific congress Global Challenges: Achieving Sustainability.

7th year of the Global Summer Program (GSP) concluded

The 2014 GSP season has ended. From June to August, more than 300 IARU students participated in one of the 20 courses offered by the ten partner universities. Behind the scene, GSP Coordinators worked hard to make another successful Global Summer Program happen. They met on 22-23 September in Oxford to review the activities and look into the further development of the program. The 2015 GSP courses will be advertised on the IARU website in mid-December.



Santander continues to support IARU students with mobility grants

Banco Santander has renewed its commitment to provide scholarships to IARU students. The IARU-Santander Global Summer Program (GSP) Scholarships contribute significantly to enabling student mobility among the partners institutions and thus to the success of GSP. The agreement signing ceremony took place during the “3rd Universia International Rectors Meeting” in July in Rio de Janeiro.

 Santander Signing Ceremony 2014

From left to right: Dr. José Ramón Narro Robles (Rector, National Autonomous University of Mexico), Prof. Mr. Zhang Yan (Executive Vice-President, PKU), Mr. Emilio Botín (Chairman, Santander), Prof. Tan Chorh Chuan (President, NUS), Prof. Peter Salovey (President, Yale), Prof. Andrew Hamilton (Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford), Prof. Bernhard Eitel (Rector, University of Heidelberg)

Register now to attend the "Making Universities Sustainable Conference 2014"!

IARU and other universities around the globe have a considerable environmental impact. And as producers of knowledge we carry a unique responsibility to lead the way and show how sustainability can be integrated across teaching, research and operations. The "Making Universities Sustainable Conference 2014", organized by the IARU universities, addresses the most important issues in making universities sustainable. Read more...


Making Universities Sustainable Conference

The 7th annual IARU Global Summer Program (GSP) has begun!

In the past 7 years, more than 2,000 GSP students have had the opportunity to study around the globe at the IARU member universities. This year, approximately 300 students will participate in 20 courses hosted by the ten IARU institutions. GSP has become a firmly established program with a multidisciplinary approach to the major challenges facing us today. This year's courses cover a broad range from sustainability to Asia-relevant topics, such as "Long-Term Biodiversity and Climate Change in Asia-Pacific", "Major Issues Concerning the Rise of China" and "Japan in Today's World". Read more...



Southeast Asia in Context Class of 2013 exploring the Angkor temples in Cambodia 

Presidents of the IARU universities met to discuss the ongoing activities of the Alliance

ETH Zurich hosted the 9th annual IARU Presidents' Meeting on 24-25 April 2014. Presidents and key members of the IARU member universities gathered to reconfirm their commitment as an alliance to collaborate and address key issues facing society - from aging, longevity, and health to climate change and the impact of campus activities on the environment.


Meeting assembly

Registration for IARU Conferences on Aging is now open

The University of Copenhagen (UCPH) hosts three IARU conferences 17–22 June 2014. The conferences are planned in the context of the IARU Aging, Longevity and Health (ALH) project and network and will cover different fields within aging research. More...

IARU publishes a Position Paper on the value of research-intensive universities

Research-intensive universities are among the best assets that a society can invest in because they are key to ensure the future of a a nation. Besides bringing substantial economic benefit to society, academics - through their research - make new discoveries and create new understanding. These are essential for advancement and progress in almost any field of human endeavour. More...


Call for abstracts

Abstract submission for the IARU Sustainability Science Congress Global Challenges: Achieving Sustainability is now open. Deadline is the 12th of April. The congress will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark from 22-24 October 2014. Learn more about the congress here. Or go directly to abstract submission.


Science Congress

Summer internships at IARU universities

National University of Singapore, Peking University and The University of Tokyo offer a total of 13 summer internships to students from IARU universities. Other IARU partner universities have already indicated their intent to also offer internship positions in 2014. More...


The 7th GSP cycle has been launched

A total of 20 courses are offered by all 10 IARU partner universities. The courses will take place between June and August 2014. Banco Santander supports the Global Summer Program also in 2014 with IARU-Santander GSP Scholarships. Applications are open until 28 February 2014. More...



 GSP 2013 students on the roof of King’s College Chapel during a private visit

Women and Men in Globalizing Universities

The IARU group on "Women and Men in Globalizing Universities" has shared data regarding women and men on the academic ladder, spanning from undergraduate students to faculty. In the workshop that was held at ETH Zurich in the end of October, the group analysed the compiled data. A further meeting highlight was a panel discussion on "Gender Stereotypes in Globalizing Universities".

Women and Men

Meeting of the Alumni Network

At the end of September, the alumni directors of the IARU partner universities met at The University of Tokyo to discuss “The Role of Alumni in the University’s Global Strategy”. The directors also shared their best practices of each university and looked into the possibilities of organizing a joint IARU alumni event. On 3 October, all alumni from IARU universities living in Tokyo had been invited to a dinner reception to Restaurant “Goten” in the Sanjyo Conference Hall.

Global Summer Program (GSP)

The 2013 IARU Global Summer Program (GSP) season is over. From June to August, a total of 368 students participated in one of the 19 courses hosted by the ten IARU universities.

Preparations for the 2014 GSP have already started. The GSP coordinators met on 9 - 10 September at ETH Zurich to review activities and make plans for next summer’s program. The 2014 GSP courses will be advertised on the IARU website at the beginning of January.



Former GSP participants

On 1 July 2013, the IARU Secretariat was handed over from NUS to ETH Zurich.

ETH President Prof. Ralph Eichler led the annual President’s Meeting in Singapore on 7 - 8 April 2013 which was also his first official meeting as the IARU Chair. About 30 IARU senior officials attended the meeting which served to deepen collaborations in the areas of education, research and institutional benchmarking.

Two new collaborations were approved - the IARU Sports Event for students and the EdTech Horizons workshop which will bring together educational technology experts who are responding to the EdTech tsunami that is confronting higher education.

Presidents and Senior Representatives at the 8th Annual IARU Presidents’ Meeting
From left to right: Prof. Peter Salovey (Yale), Sir Leszek Borysiewicz (Cambridge), Dr. Masako Egawa (Todai), Prof. Zhou Qifeng (Beida), Prof. Tan Chorh Chuan (NUS), Prof. Ralph Eichler (ETH), Prof. Ian Young (ANU), Prof. Thomas Bjørnholm (KU), Prof. Yoichiro Matsumoto (Todai), Prof. Nicholas Dirks (Berkeley) and Prof. Andrew Hamilton (Oxford).

IARU is pleased to welcome ETH Zurich President, Prof. Ralph Eichler who assumes the role of IARU Chairman on 1 January 2013. Prof. Eichler takes over from NUS President, Prof. Tan Chorh Chuan who completed a four-year term. Chief amongst the new chairman's interest for the alliance is to strengthen IARU's focus on Global Education Initiatives which has already benefitted many bright students.

A flagship initiative for IARU is the Global Summer Program (GSP), now in the 6th cycle. GSP2013 features 19 courses from all ten IARU universities. Students get to spend a few weeks at an IARU institution of their choice and discuss with their peers contemporary global issues approached from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

The GSP received a funding boost by Santander for scholarships to enable student mobility.

In the new year, IARU will look forward to its upcoming events - the Academic IP and Collaborative Technology Transfer in Beijing in March as well as the Presidents' Meeting in April which will be hosted in Singapore. In the latter, Presidents will discuss current issues affecting higher education including IT Enhanced Learning as well as the value of Liberal Arts Education.

The 7th Annual Presidents’ Meeting at the University of Copenhagen on 26 & 27 April was attended by seven university presidents and 23 senior representatives from IARU institutions. With the current chairman’s conclusion of his second term, the IARU Presidents unanimously elected Prof. Ralf Eichler from ETH Zurich as its third Chairman. Prof. Eichler will take over the helm of IARU on 1 January 2013.

IARU Presidents witnessed the establishment of a three-year partnership with Santander Universities that provides travel grants to Global Summer Program (GSP) students as part of the global bank’s corporate social responsibility. The first IARU-Santander scholarships have been awarded to a number of deserving GSP participants this year. IARU is grateful for Santander’s support which will enable more of our best students to participate in the summer program.


IARU Chair Prof. Tan Chorh Chuan with Santander Vice President, Mr. Salvador Medina (left); IARU Presidents and Senior Representatives (right)

Former Danish education minister and Senior Policy Advisor for the Institute for the Study of Labor, Prof. Jozef Ritzen, was the guest speaker on the issue of "Future Careers and the Impact on Higher Education". Presidents also approved two new initiatives – a conference on Sustainability Science Congress in 2014 (proposed by the University of Copenhagen) and the Academic IP Pooling & Collaborative Technology Transfer workshop (proposed by Peking University). This meeting also saw the continuation of conversations on the Value of Research Intensive Universities.

On 11 – 12 June, IARU librarians met in Singapore for the very first time to discuss best practices as well as to explore the possibility and value of creating a network. Two further Global Education Initiatives were run in Singapore - the 2nd Global Cross Disciplinary Tournament (26 July – 4 August) and the inaugural Graduate Student Conference (28 – 30 June).


Meeting of the IARU Librarians

Looking ahead, the 6th annual Global Summer Program Coordinators’ Meeting on 24 - 25 September will be hosted by Peking University and the 8th annual Senior Officers’ Meeting on 29 – 30 October will be hosted by Cambridge University.

University of Copenhagen will host the heads and senior representatives of IARU universities at the seventh annual Presidents' Meeting on 26 and 27 April. In anticipation and leading up to this meeting, several events are planned on 25 April including the second workshop on the value of research intensive universities and an Alumni Networking reception for IARU alumni currently living or based in Copenhagen. The later is a follow-up on the receptions hosted in New York (2011) and London (2010) that had a very good turnout of international alumni who took the opportunity to meet with their university's senior representatives.

In addition to strengthening networks, IARU will engage in discussions led by keynote speaker Professor Jozef Ritzen, former Dutch Minister of Education and Sciences. Former President of Maastrich University will speak about the future of careers for undergraduates and its implications on universities. Presidents will also discuss the overall direction of IARU initiatives, ideas on keeping the vitality of the Alliance, and elect the third IARU Chairperson for 2013.

With the closing of GSP applications on 2 March, IARU is pleased to report that the Alliance's summer program continues to receive strong interest from students. In particular, GSP attracts amongst the best students who are keen to engage with other IARU students through an intensive international summer program. To keep the strong momentum of this flagship program, Santander Universities will sign an agreement with IARU to provide sponsorship to fund student mobility from 2012 – 2014. The signing ceremony will also be held at the IARU Presidents' Meeting.

Last but not least, The University of Tokyo has reconvened the workshop on Women and Men in Globalizing Universities on 16 & 17 March. Gender and diversity specialists from eight IARU institutions met to share current practices and the state of progress in their individual institutions since the last meeting in 2008. At a separate meeting on 2 – 4 April, IARU Sustainability Officers met at the Australian National University for the third time.

The Alliance is starting the New Year with the much-anticipated launch of 21 Global Summer Program (GSP) courses on 9 January.  The success of this initiative reaffirms the Alliance's commitment to bringing innovations in teaching and learning that is truly global in scope, transcending disciplinary, cultural and geographical boundaries. It continues to create opportunities for students from member universities to gain cross-cultural as well as cross-disciplinary exposure and experiences, and for faculty and staff to gain from deep and meaningful collaboration and exchange.

Now in its fifth year, GSP has also built up an alumni base. IARU recognises that GSP students have a valuable network which extends across ten leading global universities.

IARU Senior Officers and representatives were hosted in Canberra by the Australian National University for the 7th Meeting of IARU Senior Officers. Highlights of the meeting included robust discussions on the Sustainable Campus Initiative by Mr. Bart Meehan (ANU) and the HR & Benchmarking initiative where its lead Mr. Indi Seehra (Cambridge) joined us via teleconference for the updates. Senior Officers also heard from Ms. Caroline Smith from Skills Australia on issues related to future workforce planning and necessary skills for fresh graduates in Australia.

The Global Summer Program (GSP) continues to do well. The course line-up for 2012 will be launched on this website on 9 January, and will feature a suite of sustainability themed courses in addition to the regular offering of specialized and multidisciplinary courses. Other than the GSP, students can also consider IARU's internship offerings as well as participate in an Academic Tournament conducted online (the Global Cross Disciplinary Tournament, or GXT).

New proposals and plans were also approved which included the convening of IARU Research Administrators' (hosted by KU) as well as University Librarians (hosted by NUS). IARU's first Graduate Student Conference will be organized by NUS' Global Asian Institute on 28 – 29 June 2012 featuring six themes: Ageing, Asian Cities, Health, Life-cycle Financing, System Dynamics and Comparative Asian Studies.

Overall, IARU has 16 active initiatives categorized under Global Education Initiatives, Institutional Joint Working, Research and a Grand Challenge. In keeping with its strategy as a small but closely knit Alliance, IARU will continue to focus on providing unique educational programs, focusing on tackling Grand Challenges such as Campus Sustainability and encouraging benchmarking initiatives for universities that are research-intensive in nature.

IARU's Global Summer Program (GSP) has just concluded another successful season, its fourth. 19 courses were conducted at various campuses including field trips to locations around Southeast Asia and Costa Rica, attended by 284 students from all ten IARU member institutions. Once again, students shared that the program was successful due to the rigorous nature of GSP courses, as well as the opportunity to participate in peer learning alongside students from the other IARU institutions, making the group a highly diversified mix of international students.

At the end of the GSP cycle, coordinators will meet to discuss and audit the program, taking into account feedback and the experiences of our students and faculty for next year's program. This year, GSP coordinators will meet for the fifth time in Copenhagen on 17 - 18 October. A key item on the agenda is to discuss the future of GSP and the progress of the education initiative which is a flagship initiative of the Alliance.

The Alliance is also looking forward to its seventh annual Senior Officers' Meeting held on 24 - 25 October at the Australian National University in Canberra. Senior officers will hear and discuss the developments of various IARU initiatives, in particular on Campus Sustainability led by Mr. Bart Meehan (ANU), as well as recently conducted workshops for Leadership Best Practice and Integrated Services. This close knit Alliance will also discuss higher education issues and have the opportunity to collectively examine "the Future of Work/Careers" and how it might impact the delivery of undergraduate education.