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 current Chair of IARU is Professor Daya Reddy, the Interim Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town.
Past IARU Chairpersons: Dr Anthony Freeling, 2022-2023 (University of Cambridge); Professor Stephen J. Toope, 2021-2022 (University of Cambridge); Dr Makoto Gonokami, 2018-21 (University of Tokyo); Chancellor Carol Christ, 2017-18 (University of California, Berkeley); Professor Nicholas Dirks, 2017 (University of California, Berkeley); Professor Ralf Hemmingsen, 2015-16 (University of Copenhagen); Professor Ralph Eichler, 2013-14 (ETH Zurich); Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, 2009-12 (National University of Singapore); Professor Ian Chubb, 2005-08 (Australian National University).