IAUP President-elect, J. Michael Adams, represented IAUP as a featured speaker at the III World Forum of Alliance of Civilizations in Rio de Janeiro, May 27-29, 2010. Dr. Adams joined the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, Director-General of ISESCO in Saudi Arabia, and Malaysian Crown Prince Raja Nazrin Shah in the plenary session, “Education for an Intercultural Citizenship,” co-organized with UNESCO.
IAUP completed separate reciprocal partnership agreements with Universities Australia, UDUAL (Unión de Universidades de América Latina y el Caribe) and UNIMED (Mediterranean Universities Union).
Universities Australia, is the industry peak body representing Australia's 39 universities in the public interest, both nationally and internationally. UDUAL, was founded in 1949 and has a long tradition with Higher Education in Latin America. UNIMED, is an association of 84 universities from countries in the Mediterranean basin. The Memorandums of Agreements were signed by Universities Australia Chair, Peter Coaldrake, UDUAL President Gustavo Garcia de Paredes, UNIMED President Abderraouf Mahbouli and IAUP President Barham Madain, respectively.
IAUP is proud to work with the United Nations on the new initiative, Academic Impact. Academic Impact is a global initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the United Nations in actively supporting ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, literacy, sustainability and conflict resolution.