International Association of Universities (IAU)

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


The activities of IAU are aimed at promoting collaboration among its members to pursue the creation, dissemination and application of knowledge, to advocate joint learning and action, and to act as a forum for innovation, analysis and monitoring of the development of higher education.


The Association unites 650 universities and organizations from more than 120 countries. As a global network, IAU has member institutions on every continent with the following repartition:

  • Europe: 40%
  • Asia and Pacific: 24%
  • Middle East: 13%
  • Africa: 11%
  • North America: 7%
  • Latin America and Caribbean: 5%

Nazarbayev University joined IAU in 2015. There are also 9 other Kazakhstani higher education institutions in the Association.

More information on the Association here