Relevance and Value of Universities to Future Society


Relevance and Value of Universities to Future Society

The IAU 16th General Conference is dedicated to the theme Relevance and Value of Universities to Future Society. It serves as the primary opportunity for Members and beyond to come together to discuss the future of higher education. The conference will be an ‘in person’ event at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland.

Universities are traditional and modern, conservative and progressive, inclusive and exclusive. Universities have no boundaries, they are institutions of tremendous power that transcend geographical, social, and cultural limits. Over centuries of existence, they have adapted to externally imposed regulations, norms and pressures and have been responsive to societal expectations and changes in their environment. Their conceptual space is the global landscape of knowledge and ideas. Even when faced with limited financial resources, universities operate from a position of intellectual abundance. Universities are uniquely placed to propose solutions and develop opportunities. They are called to actively shape the local and global agendas as agents of change.

Join us to discuss if and how higher education needs to transform in order to be even more transformative.

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Key opportunities

Stand for Election

Consider standing for election to the IAU Administrative Board. Click here to learn more.

Global Networking

Engage with higher education leaders from around the world and discuss the future of higher education in a more sustainable world. 

Discover Ireland

Take the opportunity to stay a few days to discover the excitement of Dublin and the beauty of Ireland with its warm hospitality. Plan your tours here.