International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU)

Yale University’s membership in the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), is just one example of the valuable networks it engages. 

IARU, launched in 2006, is a network of eleven international research-intensive universities from nine countries. The members of the organization share similar values, a global vision, and a commitment to educating future world leaders. Central to these values is the importance of academic diversity and international collaboration as reflected in IARU’s principles.

IARU projects are focused on three areas: addressing major challenges facing humanity, providing opportunities to students, and institutional joint working.  In the first area pertaining to major world challenges, IARU published a Green Guide, established a Campus Sustainability Program aimed at reducing the environmental impact of their campuses, conducted an International Scientific Congress on Climate Change as well as a Sustainability Congress in 2014.  In the second area, to support students the organization offers summer courses and internship opportunities.  And in the third area regarding institutional join work, some of the current IARU working groups focus on cybersecurity, libraries, real estate/facilities, and women and men in globalizing universities

In addition to Yale University, IARU members include the Australian National UniversityETH ZurichNational University of SingaporePeking UniversityUniversity of California, BerkeleyUniversity of CambridgeUniversity of Cape TownUniversity of CopenhagenUniversity of Oxford, and the University of Tokyo.

Yale hosts one or more IARU working group meetings and workshops each year, with meeting expenses covered by IARU and travel and accommodations paid for by each participant’s institution.  Yale’s primary point of contact for IARU is Donald L. Filer, Associate Vice President for Global Strategy. For more information about the organization visit