About the GMA:
Global Meetings of Associations (GMA) are held every two years. They are organized exclusively for leaders of national, regional and international associations/organizations of higher education institutions. They offer a unique opportunity for these leaders to meet as a relatively small group of peers to exchange ideas, practices and to network.
Host & Partner:
The GMA 2023 is hosted by and organised in partnership with Qatar University.
The GMA is exclusively open to senior representatives from national, regional and international IAU Member associations, organisations and networks. IAU Affiliate Members are also welcome at the GMA.
The GMA will start with a panel composed of representatives from regional and national associations from different regions of the world to frame the theme of intercultural learning and how this is implemented in associations’ work. The participants will then have the opportunity to debate and exchange views. At the end of the day the key outcomes of the discussions will be presented in plenary in order to conclude the meeting and outlines the way forward until the next GMA in 2025.
IAU GMA 2019
GMA Programme (25 November 2023):
The GMA will take place from 9:00 AM to 17:00 PM.
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Language is probably one of the defining features of a culture. Although the relationship between language and culture is not biunivocal (different cultures can speak the same language and people of the culture can speak different languages), it is undeniable that language can act both as a cohesive factor and as a barrier to mutual understanding between cultures. The panel will explore the role of languages in intercultural learning and dialogue with examples from three different associations from three different regions of the world: India, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Euro-Mediterranean.
11:30 PM – 13:00 PM
In the contemporary world it is often not necessary to travel far to encounter different cultures, many countries in the world are multicultural. The same is true for higher education institutions (HEIs). Many HEIs are intercultural realities, which is only reinforced by internationalization and international mobility. The panal will discuss how university association work with Mmembers to foster integration and dialogue among diverse cultural groups within the institution but also in realtion to society. They will also discuss how connecting culturally diverse knowledge systems can improve the quality of T&L and Research. They will present perspectives from different regions of the world: The Americas, Japan, and The Arctic.
David Julien, Executive Director, Inter-american Organization for Higher Education (OUI-IOHE)
Kyosuke Nagata, President, The Japan Association of National Universities (JANU)
Liisa Holmberg, Vice-Chair of the Assembly and Chair of the Nominations Committee, University of the Arctic (UArctic)
15:00 PM - 16:30 PM
The digital transformation has the potential of complete transforming the way in which people are interacting and communicating, opening up the access to information and communication beyond borders. At the same, these developments may also pose a threat to cultural diversity as all cultures are not necessarily well represented, which often means that human biases are amplified in the digital space. There is a dual risk of cultural homogenization or; on the contrary, to cultural segregation. The panel will discuss the positive and negative consequences of the digital transformation on intercultural learning and dialogue with contributions from the European region and the Arabic world.
Michael Gaebel, Director, Higher Education Policy, European University Association (EUA)
Cristina Sarmento, Secretary General and João Calvão da Silva, President, Associação das Universidades da Língua Portuguesa (AULP)
Amr Salama, Secretary General, Association of Arab Universities (AARU)