International Alliance of Research Universities

The International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) is a collaboration of 11 of the world's leading research-intensive universities that share a similar vision and have a commitment to educating future leaders.

IARU member universities have identified sustainable solutions on climate change as one of IARU's key initiatives. As a demonstration of its commitment to promote sustainability, IARU has sought to lead by example through the establishment of the IARU Campus Sustainability Programs aimed at reducing the environmental impact of our campus activities.

The IARU Student Programs include:



IPSA-NUS Summer school for Social Science Research Methods

The 5th annual IPSA-NUS Summer School for Social Science Research Methods will be held from 4 - 15 July 2016 at the National UNiversity of Singapore. THe Mehotds School offers a wide variety of basic to advanced courses in quantitative, qualitative, and formal methods. Courses focus on both the theory and practice of social science research and provide high-quality training in diverse, state-of-the-art methods and techniques by outstanding and highly experienced international faculty.

More information about the Summer School can be found on the NUS website.



IARU Global University Climate Forum

The 2015 IARU Global University Climate Forum took place during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris on 5 December 2015, hosted by Sorbonne Universités. 27 international teams presented concrete projects on how to make a lasting impact on campus. While implementing their projects during 2016, students will remain in touch via an online platform, continuing the exchange and feedback started in Paris.

For more information, visit the IARU news web page.

IARU welcomes a new member at its 10th anniversary: the University of Cape Town

From January 2016 the International Alliance of Research Universities will welcome the University of Cape Town (UCT) as its 11th partner. University of Cape Town will be the first African university to join this strategic partnership and the first new member since the formation of the Alliance 10 years ago.

The University of Cape Town is widely regarded as the best university in Africa, with growing research performance, high profile education and a dynamic institutional character. The participation of University of Cape Town to IARU opens up a new exciting mix of opportunities to IARU students, staff and faculty.

Besides being a valuable collaboration network, IARU represents an important platform for exchange and reflection on issues that higher education institutions face in an increasingly global environment. "The University of Cape Town will bring a new African perspective to the table, which will greatly enrich IARU's dialogue among the members from different corners of the world", says IARU Chairman Ralf Hemmingsen, Rector of the University of Copenhagen.

"Universities are operating in an increasingly complex, global and challenging environment," says University of Cape Town Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price. "It is vital that we learn from one another and that we ensure that African-specific perspectives are part of the conversation. The University of Cape Town very much looks forward to sharing its knowledge and resources in this global forum."