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International Association of University Presidents

President, Professor Ingrid Moses
Vice Chancellor & President
University of New England,
Armidale NSW 2351

Orgin: The IAUP was founded in 1964 in Oxford, England, is an association of university chief executives from higher education institutions around the world. The primary purpose 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.

Composition: The IAUP is an association of around 600 members, who are/were leaders on institutions of higher education, ie rectors, presidents, chancellors and vice-chancellors.

Mission: The overall obligation for the IAUP is to involve the members in the world's crucial issues:

- to reduce the economic and social differences between
  countries as well as between people
- to reduce inequality between races and between sexes
- to improve competence and knowledge globally and in
  distinct parts of the world
- to increase mutual understanding, tolerance and respect
  between peoples
- to create instruments and form attitudes that can reduce
  conflicts in the world and contribute to a more peaceful
  global society.

This should be done through the improvement of members' capacities and opportunities:

- to transfer experience and knowledge between our members
  and other universities, for instance by the use of information technology
- to cooperate in academic areas with the purpose of
  inspiring each other and learning from each other, and thus
  improve the qualities of our universities in general
- to support the members' efforts to improve their conditions
  as independent autonomous institutions, as well as to
  improve the working conditions of the member universities,
  including staff and students.

The efforts of the IAUP is supported through cooperation with international organisations, such as the United Nations, UNESCO, the World Bank and other international organisations such as the European Commission and the International Association of Universities (IAU). At regional levels, the IAUP cooperates with NGOs in Africa, Europe, Latin America, North America, the Arab Countries, Asia and the Pacific.

The Activity Plan includes a number of proposals on achieving good practice by means of a number of working groups:

- The use of technology in universities
- Dialogue of Cultures
- Disarmament education, conflict resolution and peace
- Quality assurance and global accreditation
- Presidential Exchange Program
- Links between universities and industry
- Equity for All
- Greater access for minority groups
- Regional study tours
- Trans-national education

Activities: The Triennial meeting is held as a conference for higher education leaders every three years. The IAUP attempts to sensitise its membership to the opportunities and challenges ahead and as such the 2002 Triennial was focussed around the theme "Academic Values, National Dreams, Global Realities". The next Triennial will take place in Thailand 2005.

In addition to the Triennial, the IAUP Executive Committee meets at Executive Committee Meetings to formally and intensively review and decide on the policy directions and programmes of the organisation. At the Executive Committee meetings, representatives of the working groups are present to discuss the activities of the individual groups. A large conference will often be joined to Executive Committee meetings.

The Regional Chairs initiate activities which are open to members of IAUP and which maintain the global interaction and dynamism that characterise IAUP. The various Regional Councils take major responsibility for many programmatic events. An illustration is the series of conferences on the topic "Human Resource Development in the Pacific Basin" which have taken place in Sacramento, Taichung, Guadalajara, Manila, Shanghai, and Vina del Mar.

In addition, the IAUP conducts annually numerous seminars, conferences and workshops on various essential cultural and political issues in different parts of the world and often in cooperation with global organisations. As an example, IAUP collaborates with US and UNESCO in the field of peace studies in an expanding number of universities around the world.

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