What is IAUP

The International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) is an association of university chief executives from higher education institutions around the world. Membership is limited to those individuals who serve as presidents, rectors or vice-chancellors at regionally accredited colleges or universities.

IAUP was organized by its founding fathers in 1964 and held its inaugural conference in Oxford, England in June 1965, with the participation of about 120 representatives of universities from 21 countries. IAUP
has continued to strive for excellence in the following:

to increase the exchange of experiences, levels of collaboration and networking between university leaders.
to provide a well-informed forum for university leaders throughout the world.
to contribute to a worldwide vision of higher education.
to strengthen the international mission of institutions throughout the world.
to make every effort for the voice of educational leaders to be heard.
to support sustainable development in a context of global competency.
to promote peace and international understanding through education.

IAUP is a NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) holding the highest (ECOSOC) consultation rights at the United Nations and formal consultation rights with UNESCO.

The primary purpose of the IAUP is to strengthen the international mission and quality of education of these institutions in an increasingly interdependent world, and to promote global awareness and competence as well as peace and international understanding through education. It is a unique worldwide platform that facilitates the exchange of professional experience through conferences, seminars, publications, and commissions.

Over the years, IAUP has contributed to the strengthening of the international mission and quality of education of its member institutions and has grown to become an association of around 450 members from over 80 countries.

The rich series of academic events and activities of IAUP have drawn the attention and respect of many world leaders.

IAUP is currently partners with many highly recognized international organizations, including the United Nations Department of Public Information (UN DPI,) the UNESCO, the World Bank, the Institute of International Education (IIE,) the Qatar Foundation, the International Association of Universities (IAU,) as well as the most important regional associations of universities worldwide: and other academic organizations and representatives from the private sector.