Founded in 1950 under the auspices of UNESCO, the International Association of Universities (IAU) is the leading global association of higher education institutions and organizations from around the world.
The IAU brings together its members from more than 130 countries for reflection and action on common priorities. The IAU is an independent, bilingual (English and French), non-governmental organization.
The IAU is an official partner of UNESCO (associate status). It acts as the voice of higher education to UNESCO and other international higher education organizations, and provides a global forum for leaders of institutions and associations.