International Association of Universities (IAU)

International Association of Universities (IAU)


International Association of Universities (IAU), founded in 1950, is the UNESCO-based worldwide association of higher education institutions.


The National University of Food Technologies became a member of the IAU in 6 May 2009


IAU brings together institutions and organizations from 150 countries all over the world for reflection and action on common concerns and collaborates with various international, regional and national bodies active in higher education.


Included among the core and enduring academic values, identified in the IAU Constitution as underpinning and defining the role of higher education institutions, are the following:


  • academic freedom in the dissemination, creation and pursuit of knowledge;
  • institutional autonomy balanced by social responsibility and responsiveness;
  • excellence and merit as the standard measure of performance;
  • opposition to all forms of discrimination based on gender, race, religion or ethnicity;
  • respect for divergent opinion;
  • promotion and development of intercultural dialogue and learning;
  • freedom of academic mobility and enhancement of the internationalization of knowledge; and
  • promotion of human rights, justice, freedom, human dignity and solidarity. 


IAU believes that higher education and research institutions, as places of ‘light, liberty and learning’ must play a major role in society and work to create global communities of shared knowledge. This imperative is of utmost importance today, when the planet has become globalised and when rapid and profound changes are, in large measure, driven by advances in science, technology and knowledge.



The information about the National University of Food Technologies as an IAU member is in the International Handbook of Universities, World Higher Education Database, which is given to every IAU member, on the IAU website:


The National University of Food Technologies as Member Institution of IAU is sent the Association's major reference works:


  • World Higher Education Database (WHED) CD-ROM
  • free subscription to the quarterly journal Higher Education Policy
  • the monthly electronic E-Bulletin
  • the quarterly newsletter IAU Horizons



The International Association of Universities has the unique convening power to bring together heads of universities, other higher education institutions and their national and regional associations to discuss topics and themes of interest around the world. The National University of Food Technologies as a IAU member is invited to take part in General Conferences, the IAU international Conferences for Members, annual international conference, symposia, workshops and other IAU meetings.




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