The International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) is a collaboration of ten world's leading research-intensive universities which share similar visions for higher education, in particular the education of future leaders.


Established in late 2005, the Alliance comprises The Australian National University, ETH Zurich, National University of Singapore, Peking University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Cambridge, University of Copenhagen, University of Oxford, The University of Tokyo and Yale University.


IARU is jointly addressing grand challenges facing humanity. The Alliance has identified sustainable solutions on climate change as one of its key initiatives. As a demonstration of its commitment to promote sustainability, IARU has sought to lead by example through the establishment of the Campus Sustainability Programs aimed at reducing the environmental impact of our campus activities. IARU has also successfully organized an International Scientific Congress on Climate Change in 2009. Some of its members have also cooperated on major research projects pertaining to ageing, longevity and health, global security and sustainable cities.


A set of global education initiatives aimed at cultivating a sense of global citizenship and leadership amongst students was also jointly developed under IARU. The Global Summer Program, the Sustainability Fellowships, and internships offer opportunities for students at the IARU member universities to engage critically as global citizens in an increasingly interconnected world.


Besides enriching students, the Alliance also brings considerable diversity in the promotion of institutional joint working among its members, inter-university networking and staff development. Projects include Women and Men in Globalising Universities, HR Benchmarking, Value of Research Intensive Universities, Alumni Association and Leadership Best Practice.


Peking University is very active in participating in the diversified IARU initiatives including Global Summer Programs, Internship Program on Campus Sustainability, Research Project on Ageing, Longevity and Health and Research Project on Regional Perspectives on Global Security as well as annual Presidents’ Meeting and Senior Officers’ Meeting.


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