Policy making at global level

International Association of University 

UM is a member in International Association of University which helps in initiate and develop higher education around the world.

The International Association of Universities, created under the auspices of UNESCO in 1950, is a membership-based organisation serving the global higher education community through: expertise & trends analysis, publications & portals, advisory services, peer-to-peer learning, events, global advocacy. 

IAU brings together its Members from more than 130 countries for reflection and action on common priorities. IAU is an independent, bilingual (English and French), non-governmental organization. It acts as the global voice of higher education to UNESCO and other international higher education organizations, and provides a global forum for leaders of institutions and associations. Its services are available on the priority basis to Members but also to organisations, institutions and authorities concerned with higher education, as well as to individual policy  


IAU aims to be the most representative and influential global association of diverse higher education institutions and their organizations, promoting and advancing a dynamic leadership role for higher education in society. 


IAU promotes collaboration among its Members by articulating the fundamental values and principles that underpin the pursuit, dissemination and application of knowledge. The Association advocates for higher education policies and practices that respect diverse perspectives and promote social responsibility. With a particular emphasis on values and leadership, and acting as a forum for sharing and joint action, IAU encourages innovation, mutual learning and cooperation among institutions. 


IAU promotes core values among its members and the wider higher education community including: 

  • Academic freedom, institutional autonomy and social responsibility locally and globally 
  • Cooperation and solidarity based on mutuality of interests and shared benefits 
  • Tolerance of divergent opinions, freedom from political interference 
  • Equity in access and success in higher education and open access to knowledge 
  • Scientific integrity and ethical behavior as cornerstones of conduct for all stakeholders in higher education 
  • Higher education and research in the public interest 
  • Quality in learning, research and outreach and decision-makers, specialists, administrators, teachers, researchers and students. 

IAU is an official partner of UNESCO (Associate status) and has been given special consultative status by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). 

STRATEGYIAU works to enhance higher education community’s role and actions in advancing societies worldwide. As a global membership organization, IAU represents and serves the full spectrum of higher education institutions and their associations. The Strategic plan 2016-2020, adopted during the 15th IAU General Conference, in 2016, it deepens IAU’s focus on four key higher education priority themes, while improving support and services to members as well as enhancing their visibility and engagement. Under the current circumstances marked by COVID 19, the IAU strategic plan is extended until 2021. 

IAU 4 strategic priorities: 

  • Promoting values-based leadership in higher education 
  • Remaining a leader for inclusive, fair and ethical Internationalization of higher education 
  • Integrating sustainable development fully into higher education strategies 
  • Enhancing the role of technology in higher education 

IAU fulfils its goals through: 

  • Expertise development & trends analysis 
  • Publications & specialized portals 
  • Advisory services 
  • Training & peer-to-peer learning 
  • Knowledge sharing events 
  • Global advocacy & representation 

IAU continuously enhances its efficiency by: 

  • Engaging & enlarging IAU membership 
  • Ensuring financial sustainability 

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Almaarefa University Becomes A Member of International Association of Universities

Almaarefa University has celebrated the 70th anniversary of the founding of the International Association of Universities (IAU) on Wednesday 12/09/2020 and the celebration was conducted through a virtual site. On this occasion, H.E. The Rector Prof. Dr. Walid Hussein Abu Al-Farag has delivered a speech in which he outlined the Saudi government’s efforts in higher education and the role of Almaarefa University in its local community is compatible with the international efforts to achieve sustainable development goals that benefit all humanity.

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IAU Member

Al Maarefa University (UM) is a private establishment of higher education, designed to fulfill a recognized public function, by meeting clearly identified needs in important domains for national development. Besides that, UM adopts an innovative approach to teaching and learning, by making intensive use of cutting-edge educational technologies. It attracts students from a broadly targeted clientele, namely high school graduates (both male and female) from the Riyadh region, from other regions of Saudi Arabia and from the GCC states. It is also envisioned to attract expatriates’ sons and daughters who wish to pursue college studies.

Since its establishment (1999), UM has admitted 6000 students and graduated 1500 students as of 2019/2020 academic year.

UM is devoted to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through restructuring the institution, effectively managing, and mobilizing institutional resources to foster the spirit of innovative teaching and learning, research initiatives, national and international partnership. UM shall strengthen internal and external sources of resource mobilization through private, national, international agencies and explore any other means of financial support to finance academic and research activities at the national and international levels. UM comprises three colleges (College of Applied Sciences, College of Medicine and College of Pharmacy). It launches community outreach campaigns to reach all the stakeholders served by the UM. There shall be a sustainability department reasonable for identifying the SDGs assigned to each college, program, course, and other sectors related to the UM. The aim is to enhance national and international partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that encourage and share knowledge and experiences, expertise, technology and financial resources, eventually implementing the SDGs based on innovation capacity-building strategy.

As an extension of the university’s recent academic and community achievements, the University has achieved a new achievement by achieving 201-300 place in the World, 10th Arab Centre and 4th locally, according to the THE University Impact Ranking of universities and measuring their impact on society based on their excellence in achieving the 17th United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Latest update: 02/12/2022

Actions towards sustainability for this university

  • Humanitarian Action and Sustainable Development Hackathon
  • AlMaarefa First Aid Training and Hackathon for Humanitarian Action and SD
  • Board game developed by Al-Maarefa University
  • Life Initiative
  • Psychological First Aid Course

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G20 summit the premier forum for international economic cooperation 

UM faculties have participated in G20 summit the premier forum for international economic cooperation. It gathers the leaders of the largest economies of the world to discuss financial and socioeconomic issues.  

What is the G20?  

​​The Group of Twenty, or the G20, is the premier forum for international economic cooperation. The G20 brings together the leaders of both developed and developing countries from every continent. ​ 

Collectively, G20 members represent around 80% of the world’s economic output, two-thirds of global population and three-quarters of international trade. Throughout the year, representatives from G20 countries gather to discuss financial and socioeconomic issues. 

How does the G20 Work

​​The presidency of the G20 rotates between member countries every year. The presidency plays a leading role in setting the agenda and organizing the Leaders’ Summit, which is attended by the G20 Heads of State or Government. At the Summit, the leaders issue a declaration, or communiqué, based on policy discussions at meetings held throughout the year.​​​ 

​​​In the run-up to the Summit, the presidency hosts several meetings featuring Ministers, senior government officials as well as civil society representatives. At the government level, the G20 work is organized around the Finance and Sherpa Tracks, while civil society assembles through Engagement Groups.​​ 

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